Alternative Grounds Coffee & Tea House

Food & Beverage-Restaurants

Over the past six years Alternative Grounds (formerly operating as the New Leaf Café) has established a reputation for both outstanding quality products and service. Simple, fresh ingredients, combined with passion and creativity have resulted in meals that are both nourishing and revitalizing! If you’re looking for a delightful breakfast, an up-scale sandwich, a grilled panino, or would simply like to warm up with a steaming bowl of home-made soup, Alternative Grounds is definitely the place to go! You can also find a great selection of fresh crisp salads, pizzas or burgers of the lamb, bison or turkey variety on the menu. Alternative Grounds proudly offers daily fresh baking, real fruit smoothies, loose leaf teas, organic fair trade coffee and speciality beverages. A full menu is posted on the Alternative Grounds Website.
If you are in search of a unique gift for that someone special, Alternative Grounds offers gift cards in any denomination, unique coffees, teas, organic chocolate, coffee mugs, speciality snack items, as well as custom-made gift baskets.

Meet Rose Unruh

Meet Rose Unruh

For Rose, there’s no question as to what she loves most about Burns Lake. It’s most certainly “the people!” Several years ago, she identified a need in the community for a “healthier alternative” to the conventional fast-food choices available. With 26 years of food-service already behind her, Rose decided to venture out on her own to create an establishment that catered to the specific needs of today’s, ‘people-on-the-go’. Whether it is an organic snack, a fair trade coffee, a gluten or dairy free meal, or simply something fresh and nourishing, there is always unique options for everyone!

Being able to share her passion and creativity through her “alternative” menu and seeing the delightful smiles of satisfied customers that stop by the shop to enjoy a latte or a delicious sandwich has made owning and operating her own business quite rewarding. When she is not busy enjoying the great outdoors or playing hockey at the local arena, Rose finds ample opportunities to support a variety of local organizations- namely, the Burns Lake Mountain Bike Club, the Burns Lake Vortex Women’s Hockey team as well as the local Arts Council.


Tuesday to Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm