The grills are off, but just for a short time!
You might have noticed while driving down 18th Street that there is a brand new, bright orange building on the corner of 18th Street and Queens Avenue. This is the new home for A&W, which will replace the 30-year-old restaurant that sits in the back corner of the same lot.
While it’s exciting to be opening a new home, unfortunately the old one had to close (as of April 12), so that preparations could be made for the move. A&W’s new location is expected to open around June 1.
Manager Stephen Campbell said while the seating capacity will be similar to the old restaurant, the new home will be modern, high tech and have brand new equipment.
“We’ll have the same great menu, but our new home will allow us to provide even better service to our loyal customers and offer new features,” Campbell said.
Franchise owner David Mills has two A&W restaurants in Brandon, at 1847 Queens Ave. and on the Trans-Canada Highway. The Trans-Canada location is open for business as usual.
Will it be a pint, sir?
If you’re a beer drinker and looking for something new, look no further.
Joe Beeverz recently released a new, signature beer called Bucktooth Blonde. This new beer is a heavier bodied lager that was launched on St. Patrick’s Day. Since its launch, it has been the restaurant’s best seller.
This just happens to be the second signature brew that Joe Beeverz has put on the table. The first is Bucktooth Brew, which is a tasty amber beer. Both Bucktooth brands are available year-round at the Brandon and Yorkton, Sask., locations.
Of course, if you’re looking for something to go with that beer, Joe Beeverz is well known for its poutine. They recently added seven new options to the menu. The perogy poutine has always been the most popular, but two of the newer ones — blackened steak and Parmesan poutine and pizza poutine are coming in at a close second and third!
Joe Beeverz is located at 1300 18th St. in Brandon and online at joebeeverz.com.
Paintball at the Station Keystone!
Dan Fortier and partner Jennifer Miller are looking to add some colour to Brandon through their new business, Paintball at the Station. The business isn’t officially open yet — like everyone else, they are waiting on spring! To kick things off, though, they’ve decided to head to a temporary location to raise money for a great cause.
This weekend and next (April 25-27), they will be on the Keystone Centre grounds (corner of Richmond Avenue and 18th Street) raising money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. They are inviting everyone to join them and help raise money for a great cause.
“We want people to come out, have some fun and have a great paintball experience. This is for new and experienced players,” Fortier said.
Paintball at the Station has all brand new equipment with synchronized guns and will have referees for all games.
“The key to a good game of paintball is having organized games. It’s safer and more enjoyable,” Fortier said.
Paintball at the Station will be open within the next month. It is located on Rosser Avenue East near the Green Spot. They will have three big fields, a total of 84 acres to play on and lots of special events and activities.
For more information, visit paintballatthestation.com.
Signs of summer
There still may be snow on the ground, but that’s not stopping Murray Evans and Lei Anne Sharratt from opening Poor Michael’s Bookshop in Onanole for the season.
Poor Michael’s Bookshop Art & Café has been a cultural fixture in the Clear Lake area for 20 years. They have a good selection of used books, Manitoba art and imported crafts. The café offers “really good” coffee, baking and light lunches provided by Harvest Sun Catering.
While Evans said they normally open the first weekend of May, it does depend on when Easter falls.
“The weather does play a role, but typically people do come out on the Easter weekend to open the cottages up for the season. We’re looking forward to reacquainting with friends and customers after a long winter,” Evans said.
Evans and Sharratt were in Nepal and India this past winter, looking for unique and interesting products for the shop.
“This year we’ll be bringing in a lot of clothing and textiles, lots of great jewelry, fantastic new pottery by local artists and well as a wonderful selection of Canadian paintings,” Evans said.
The bookstore and café will, as in the past, feature biweekly concerts on the deck, as well as book readings Dates for musicians and authors are being firmed up.
Poor Michael’s Bookshop will be open today, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Starting April 26, they will be open daily for the remainder of the spring, summer and
Visit poormichaelsbooks.ca for more information.
» Wanda Kurchaba is a Brandon freelance writer and a communications and marketing specialist. This column on Westman’s business community appears each Saturday. Contact Wanda directly with any story ideas. firstname.lastname@example.org