Toronto, ON – November 14, 2016 – Storied Toronto pub Fionn MacCool’s on the Esplanade permanently closed its doors in August. The story does not end there though, as its warm, welcoming spirit and historic Irish furnishings continue to live on at Canadian Forces Base Trenton’s new social house – The Earl of Bessborough. Prime Pubs donated the furniture, millwork, light fixtures and wall art from Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade in recognition of the contributions made by members of the Canadian military.
“Every day, in our pubs across Canada that are located near military bases and federal defence departments, our staff see the dedication of individuals serving our country,” says Grant Cobb, Senior Vice President Casual Brands Cara Operations Limited. “We are thrilled to help create a space for servicemen and women to gather, share stories, relax and unwind. Our small contribution to The Earl of Bessborough Social House will serve members on the base and those that are leaving or returning from missions abroad, representing Canada and Canadian values. We are honored to be part of this project.”
Discussed for many years, the all ranks gathering started to become a reality when Colonel Colin Keiver, Wing Commander 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, was put in touch with the General Manager of Kingston’s Tir Nan Og pub. A series of introductions were made, and the Prime Pubs team connected with Colonel Keiver and Damon Bennett, who built the pub. The timing coincided with the closing of Fionn MacCool’s on the Esplanade so Prime Pubs offered to donate all the pub’s furniture and millwork and its design firm, McMillan Design, donated their design expertise to the project. Damon Bennett, who led construction, and his team dismantled Fionns Esplanade and shipped it back to Trenton for re-assembly – the same process used to construct Fionn MacCool’s Esplanade 19 years earlier when Prime Pubs bought the contents of a pub in Dublin, Ireland, dismantled it and shipped it across the sea for reassembly in Toronto.
“At a base as busy as CFB Trenton, a social centre where everyone can get together and socialize is vital to the cohesion and esprit de corps of our members. We’ve been missing a place where all ranks can come together to tell the stories of their exploits and adventures,” says 8 Wing Commander Colonel Colin Keiver. “Prime Pubs’ donation has enabled us to create a welcoming, relaxed, social atmosphere and we expect The Earl of Bessborough Social House will quickly become the hub of the base.”
About Prime Pubs
Fionn MacCool’s belongs to the family of 34 Prime Pubs that are known by several monikers; Fionn MacCool’s, D’Arcy McGee’s, Paddy Flaherty’s and Tir nan Óg, all with the same high standards for food, drink and fun. Renowned for its extensive beverage selection, fresh, contemporary menu and live entertainment, Prime Pubs are one of Canada’s most revered families of pubs. For more information visit fionnmaccools.com.
About Cara Operations Limited
Founded in 1883, Cara is Canada’s oldest and largest full-service restaurant company. The Company franchises and/or operates some of the most recognized brands in the country including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, St-Hubert, Milestones, Montana’s, Kelsey’s, East Side Mario’s, Casey’s, New York Fries, Prime Pubs, Bier Markt and Landing restaurants. As at September 25, 2016, Cara had 1,127 restaurants, 1,080 of which were located in Canada and the remaining 47 locations were located internationally. 88% of Cara’s restaurants are operated by franchisees and 59% of Cara’s locations are based in Ontario. Cara’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CARA. More information about the Company is available at www.cara.com.
For more information please contact:
Cowan & Company
416-462-8773 ext. 55