Our Girl

Sassy’s Family Restaurant is a tribute to our girl Sapphira, who loved family, food and friends. Sapphira – ‘Sassy’ – was a vibrant young girl who passed away suddenly in 2011, and her memory is honoured in all that we do at the restaurant.

Our aim is to be a restaurant where kids are celebrated and where they love to come with their families. As time passes, we celebrate Sassy’s energy, enthusiasm and zest for life every day.

Sassy, you’re loved and never forgotten.

“We’re going to Sass it up in her memory” said Cory Porter. “She was such a great little girl, so full of life, and we thought, ‘What better way to bring new life into our restaurant?’ ”

Jen Porter, Sassy’s aunt, came up with the idea to reinvent what had been a Smitty’s Restaurant for 30 years and turn it into Sassy’s Family Restaurant. Family members, including Cory and Candy Porter, all agreed and started the big task of moving to the new style. After shutting the doors for a few short days in the new year of 2012, the family restaurant reopened as Sassy’s.

“She would have loved this… She’d be doing backflips right now,” said Cory Porter, when asked about the fun and energetic new style of the restaurant, the large chalkboard-style walls and the bright colours.

Sassy passed away suddenly in 2011 of Hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain, caused by an accumulation of fluid pressuring the brain and spinal cord. The number of people who develop Hydrocephalus or who are currently living with it is difficult to establish since there is no national registry or database of people with the condition, according to MedicineNet.com. However, experts estimate that Hydrocephalus affects approximately one in every 500 children.

The energy, passion and exuberance for life that children have is something we celebrate every day at Sassy’s Family Restaurant and hope it shines through in all that we’ve created in our girl’s memory.


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6719 West Saanich Rd,
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5