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Local Public Eatery, a restaurant brand with 11 locations in Canada and the U.S., will be bringing its food and brews to Winnipeg in the near future, setting up shop near the downtown arena.
The restaurant will take over the building at 274 Garry St., formerly home to the Pint Public House, which was a popular sports bar until it closed Feb. 17.
"We’re aiming to open up late summer or early fall. We’re a place that can serve all needs, between lunches, happy hours, evenings," said Keiko Voss of Joey’s Restaurant Group, which owns Local Public Eatery.
"We’re a place to share meals with friends and family, to grab beverages of all sorts. Really, we’re a place for everyone."
The building being taken over by Local Public Eatery sits on the edge of the downtown sports, hospitality and entertainment district, a stone’s throw from Bell MTS Place.
During its heyday, the Pint was popular, particularly during Winnipeg Jets games when it drew sizable crowds, and it was home to "whiteout" tent parties during the team’s playoff run in 2018.
Its closure was triggered by the sale of the building to Local Public Eatery. The Pint staff was notified of the impending closure on Dec. 9, 2018, and the Free Press reported the news on Dec. 14.
Local Public Eatery opened its first location in Vancouver, Voss said, and now has 10 locations in Canada, including in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, as well as one U.S. location in Seattle.
Winnipeg will be the brand’s 12th location.
"One thing that’s important to us when entering a new city is that it’s not about fitting the brand to a location. The experience will be the same in the sense that it’s great. We hold our food and beverage standards very high, but definitely there are differences and nuances depending where the location is," Voss said.
"We really focus on the neighbourhood we’re entering. The experience, we hope, is always the same and that’s an expectation you can have with Local."
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