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Blimey! Tubby's transformed into English-style pub

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THE SKINNY ON TUBBY'S... There was a story in the paper recently that suggested Tubby's Pizza, the legendary Crescentwood restaurant, had been sold to the owners of Fazzo, the Corydon Avenue restaurant that closed last year after good reviews but a short run.

But Miles Gould -- who's opening an English-style pub and restaurant where Tubby's is now -- says he was never part of Fazzo's ownership.

Gould was the manager at Fazzo and his chosen chef, Norman Pastorin, was the chef at Fazzo.

Hence, the confusion.

For the record, Gould says his uncle, Bruce Clarke, bought the building at the corner of Grosvenor Avenue and Stafford Street, from Tubby's owner Charlie Clements.

Gould will lease the space from his uncle.

By the sounds of it, Gould, who's 33, has some experience operating an English pub and even has a nostalgic connection to Tubby's. The Winnipeg native and his wife, Danielle, used to go to Tubby's when they started dating, before they left for England where they lived for three years and had a pub and restaurant in Sheffield called The Miles Stone.

They returned to Winnipeg two years ago when Danielle was expecting their first baby. Gould takes over his new business at the end of the month and hopes to dive right into renovations for The Grove Pub and Restaurant, as he's calling it. They hope to open some time this summer.

Gould is hoping to find some way to pay his respects to Tubby's and the memories associated with a place where the walls are lined with photos of local legends who helped make Tubby's a local legend. People such as Burton Cummings. And yes, The Grove will have pizza on the menu.

"We want to pay homage in as many ways as possible," Gould says.

I wondered if that included Gould grabbing a broom and sweeping the sidewalk out front like Charlie does.

"I'll do my best," Gould says.

I'm sure he will.

But what's Charlie going to do now?

Well, right now he's still in business, and receiving calls of good wishes from customers as far away as Dublin. He still hasn't got a call from Neil Young, though. When he was starting out, Young played at Charlie's original place, a coffee house on Pembina Highway near the University of Manitoba called The Fourth Dimension.

According to Charlie, that's where Young first met future bandmates David Crosby and Stephen Stills.

Charlie says he feels good about helping out Young and others early in their careers.

As for what he's going to do after so many decades of starting work at 11 a.m. and finishing at 2 a.m., Charlie's still not sure. "I'll be around," he says.

Oh, one more thing.

For those who may have heard Kelekis Restaurant might be the next legendary eatery to go, Mary Kelekis has something to say about that.

"There's nothing to it at all, just a rumour. I'm not retiring yet."

Certainly not, I might add, with Manitoba Homecoming on the horizon and a wave of nostalgia-hungry former Winnipeggers on the way.

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DEAR GORDON...

"Thank you for your column about my husband, Peter ('Big time' last respects for an old-time cop, April 1). I never actually knew Vandergraaf the policeman, although I have heard most of the stories. When I met Peter he was a carpenter at Birds Hill Park, as proud of his work there as he was about police work. One day he decided to show me his 'turf'... the North End. From Kelekis to the Yale Hotel, to the courts, we ran into lawyers, cops, crooks and strangers who greeted him as a friend. When he was finally diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, it was a terrible blow, but somehow he retained his sense of humour, dignity and fighting spirit to the end."

Sincerely, Pat Vandergraaf

gordon.sinclair@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2010 B1

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