Jason Powers (left) and Josh Page sit in front of one of the 60 inch televisions they've set up in the refinished dining area of the Station Neighbourhood Pub

Pub a ‘dream come true’

The Station Neighbourhood Pub returns under new management at the former Rae Rae's location next to Kinsmen Beach.

It’s been several years since the Station Neighbourhood Pub graced the area of Kinsmen Beach, but come October 1, one of the most scenic locations in Invermere will once again be open for business.

“How many places in the world can you sit and see all these things from one vantage point on a patio,” manager Josh Page said. “This is such a happening little spot for the valley… this is really a hub, and we’re very happy that we are fortunate enough to open a restaurant here, it’s a dream come true.”

With a view overlooking Lake Windermere and a stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains set behind, the pub, located at 1701 6th Ave in Invermere in the former Ray Ray’s Beach Pub building, has staked a claim to serve one of the most popular Invermere destinations in Kinsmen Beach. Set just above the beach across the railroad tracks, Page and partners Justin Atterbury and Jason Powers have spent the last couple months redoing the interior and cleaning up the exterior of the building, something Page said hasn’t always come particularly easily to them.

“We’re not construction guys,” Page joked. “It gives us a lot of pride in the place, because we’ve all put a lot of hard work and time into it, but we’re excited to get back to doing what we do, which is customer service, taking care of people, and food and beverage.”

Inside, 11 television screens, including two 60 inch behemoths grace the walls, while fresh paint and redone flooring give the pub a very clean and modern look. All of the tables and chairs have also been been refinished and reupholstered respectively, and a redone bar top and some interesting new indoor features give a very warm and inviting feel, something Page said they had been striving for.

“We really just want it to be inviting, to provide a comfortable and fun environment for people,” Page said. “We want people to come in and feel welcome.”

Along with the new look and new feel comes a brand new menu that hopes to cater to palates of every description. Two dishes that Page highlighted included a french onion ale soup made with Arrowhead Brewing Company Ale, and a delectable vegetarian dish of roasted mushroom and garlic stuffed ravioli. The pub will also have the usual assortment of pub fare, from wings to ribs, and will aim to have as many local beers on tap as possible, including offerings from the aforementioned Arrowhead Brewing Company.

The pub will not be open to minors to start as liquor will be served on the premises, but Page said that they are looking at how to best serve families in the future.

“It’s such a tight-knit community, it’s going to feel like the bar has been here forever once it opens,” Page said.