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Carla Sinclair, new owner of Captain’s Helm Pub and Eatery owner, and new manager Tony Hessian are implementing some subtle changes to the establishment such as an updated menu and more contests. Sinclair, the daughter of previous owners Barry and Darlene, was thankful for their hard work and dedication to the pub and eatery. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

NEW GLASGOW – There’s a new Sinclair at the helm of the pub and eatery on the corner of Provost and George streets.

Carla Sinclair and business partner Tony Hessian of New Glasgow are taking over Captain’s Helm from Carla’s parents Barry and Darlene, who have run the pub and restaurant since its opening in 2011.

“My dad has done great work here,” said Carla. “It’s time now for him to step back and enjoy life.”

The pair is now the owner/operators of Captain’s Helm, with Tony acting as manager.

“We’ve been in this type of restaurant setting all our lives and actually both got our start washing dishes,” said Tony. Since then, he’s been in the bar business for the past 10 years, from bouncer to manager positions.

With some new ideas for the pub and restaurant it seems there’s little to take the wind out of their sails.

“We’ve recently reworked the menu,” said Carla. “We’re adding more vegetarian dishes, more wraps, gluten-free options and more specials.” They’re cautious to mention that regulars to Captain’s Helm will still be able to find traditional pub fare. “We’re still a good old-fashioned pub,” said Tony, noting that some upcoming specials will include draft and wings.  

More contests and giveaways are also in the works. For example, the pub staff has created a new mixed drink for which patrons can suggest names. “The winner will have great bragging rights,” said Carla.

The pair will also be focusing on marketing the pub and eatery as a great venue for businesses and community groups or clubs to hold dinners and events. “We can accommodate any group, whether a family of four or 140 store staff,” said Tony.

Upstairs, known as the Crow’s Nest, can accommodate groups for this purpose, but is also open on the weekends for live and local bands to perform.

With summer and warm weather upon New Glasgow, the open patio is now set up. “It’s a great spot to sit and enjoy a meal or beer and see what’s happening,” said Tony. “It’s one of the busiest corners in town and our patio and awnings ups the curb appeal.”

“We’re open for business and looking to make Captain’s Helm a place where friends can meet and hang out,” said Carla. “Obviously we recognize the hard work that my parents have put into this place and thank them for all their hard work.”

A grand reopening will be taking place sometime in the near future and will feature food and drink specials and giveaways. Captain’s Helm is open seven days a week and features daily specials on Facebook at www.facebook.com/captains.crowsnest

 

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