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The City Centre Hotel on 10th Street in Brandon is seen on Sunday afternoon. The owners of the Double Decker Tavern on Rosser Avenue say they are finalizing plans to breath new life into the hotel, restaurant, tavern and stand-alone beer vendor.
The City Centre Hotel on 10th Street will be under new ownership next week.
The owners of the Double Decker Tavern on Rosser Avenue are finalizing the paperwork this week to buy the neighbouring bar and hope to breath new life into the hotel, restaurant, tavern and stand-alone beer vendor.
Faizan Shalwani, who will be part owner with his father Allen and uncle Moe Ajani, said the first order of business will be to improve the bar’s patio in time for the summer, something he said Brandon has a shortage of downtown.
"The patio has potential," he said.
Like the Decker, the owners also have plans to bring more live musical acts to the City Centre bar and an upgrade to its sound system is one of their top priorities.
"I feel that the live music will be good there," Shalwani said. "We’re excited to bring more freshness to downtown.
"It brings an extra in downtown Brandon for people to feel out different music maybe ... I don’t know if hip hop would work, or maybe country night.
"We’ve been doing really well with bands in Brandon lately."
Without having keys in hand yet, Shalwani said they have to wait to get in before making major plans.
"We can make it a sports bar, we can try anything."
And he said there’s no immediate plans to make major upgrades to the hotel rooms yet.
The owners’ focus will also be on the beer vendor, located across 10th Street, to increase the variety of products offered.
Shalwani said he and his father approached the owners of City Centre about two years ago with an offer, but the deal never came to fruition until now.
Bill McTavish, 73, owned the bar for 32 years and said it was time to hang up his bar towel.
"I’m old as hell, that’s basically it," he said.
The group of owners who purchased the Decker two years ago also own the Southgate beer vendor in Clear Lake, the Nordic Inn in Erickson, the Gladstone Hotel and another bar near Sandy Bay.
"I wish them the best. It’s time for change of ownership. It’s time to put some new blood into it and make it rip like it used to," McTavish said.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 5, 2014