New look for an old haunt

Bulldogs bar and grill will be closed for May, and will reopen with a slick new look next month.

Bulldogs closed its doors at the end of April and will re-open as the Northern on June 1.

Bulldogs bar and grill will be closed for May, and will reopen with a slick new look next month.

Major renovations at the Second Avenue bar are currently underway, and when the venue reopens on June 1, it will be back to its old name, the Northern.

“It’s down to the bones in here right now,” said Todd Shipley, owner of Picnic restaurant in Fernie and new owner of the Northern in Fernie.

Shipley, who was the owner of Original Joes in Calgary, bought Bulldogs on March 1.

“I don’t know why I decided to buy it. I had some time,” he said. “I really wanted a nice place to go and drink some beers, eat some good food and watch a hockey game.”

Even though the name of the pub was Bulldogs, Shipley said locals never stopped calling it the Northern.

“It’s what the hotel was called,” said Shipley. “And it’s what everyone calls it anyways.”

Shipley said that some of the plans for the Northern include a bar in the back of the pub. They are also tearing out all the carpet and putting in hardwood, and there will be a new menu.

“Bulldogs was very busy after 10 p.m.,” he said. “I want to have people come in for happy hour, and then have our supper rush, and then have all the people who normally come in after 10.”

Shipley said that he also wants to make the Northern more female-friendly.

“I want groups of women to come in and have more than one bottle of wine to choose from,” he said. “Everyone should feel comfortable, and if you bring the women, the men will follow.”

Shipley said that when the doors open on June 1, people can expect a clean environment with good food where they can come watch a hockey game in high definition, or play duck hunt in the games room.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Vintage vehicles, costumed drivers cruise Fernie streets

Wheels in the Valley hosted their first ever Rally in the Valley event this past Saturday

Food conditioned black bear destroyed in Elk Valley

The bear was destroyed by the Conservation Officer Service on June 28

Elkford students plant trees as part of reclamation project

The students planted over 200 trees throughout the community

Elk Valley wildlife conservation projects receive funding

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation announced $9.2 million in funding across the province

Registration opens for Fernie Writers Conference

The conference will take place from August 17-23 and will feature several accomplished authors

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

Most Read