Local bar and bowling alley gets new owner

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The Liverpool Bowling Centre is now under new ownership and getting a whole new look.

 

Former local Sharon Saulnier and her partner Mike Habib are looking to make some changes for the better to Alley Nine and the Liverpool Bowling Centre.

Sharon Saulnier has purchased the local establishment and is already in the process of some pretty major renovations.

Saulnier and her spouse Mike Habib moved to Queens County from Langdon, Alberta three weeks ago with their three children.  Saulnier is originally from Queens County and has lots of family and friends here.

Saulnier has worked in the service industry for 22 years and dabbled in running her own dog grooming and sitting service.  She says she always wanted to move back home and be close to the ocean.

“I’m really excited about all the changes,” says Saulnier.

Some of the changes being made to the building have already started.  The bathrooms are being completely renovated and a larger women’s washroom is being made. 

The bowling alley is also seeing some changes. The area is being cleaned up and the lanes themselves will be resurfaced in June.

The couple hopes to completely make over the inside of the bar to create better flow.  They plan on changing the position of the bar and creating an elevated stage area for bands to play.  The plans also come with all new décor.

They have no immediate plans to change the restaurant but they do want to offer pub fare later in the night such as nachos and poutine.

“We are going to have a wing night,” says Habib.

Saulnier also says she is going to have full waitressing staff so that people can be served at their seats.

“It’s difficult to have one bartender to service the whole bar,” she says.

The establishment will be hiring to accommodate for the extra wait staff.

The couple is on the hunt for Nova Scotian microbreweries and distilleries. They are impressed with the ones they’ve checked out so far.

Both say they are hoping to hear some input from the community and have heard quite a bit already.

“We are looking to work with the town of Liverpool to make it good,” says Habib.

Habib says they are looking into having two limousines brought from Alberta to help with transportation to and from the bar, especially at closing time when there are often larges crowds leaving at the same time.

Besides the operational and cosmetic changes, the bar area will be getting a brand new name: “Spirits On The Mersey.”

Habib says they got the idea for the name from all of the ghost stories around the area.

Saulnier and Habib hope to have everything finished before this year’s Privateer Days.

Geographic location: Queens, Alberta, Liverpool

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  • Dennis & Sherri Harrington
    March 19, 2013 - 13:04

    WOW...this is fantastic news , wishing you all the best in your new endeavor, can't wait to see the results. Liverpool really needs a nice new place to gather with friends and family. Good Luck :)

  • bonnie flemming
    March 11, 2013 - 19:42

    this all sounds so good...glad the bowling alley is getting the face lift..it sure needs it..looking forward to coming in and seeing it all when finished..good luck with your new adventure.

  • Paula Seamone
    March 11, 2013 - 18:38

    yeah Sharon! Great news! It will be great to have you back in Liverpool! Wishing you the best with your future plans! We'll be down to visit you in your newly renovated spot! take care!

  • Christine Benson
    March 11, 2013 - 17:39

    Just what we need in town!!! Can't wait to support it in every way I can.

  • Janice Mitchell
    March 11, 2013 - 16:33

    This is exciting news! I stopped by today to see what was being done. Can't wait to see all the renos once completed. I may even start going to the bar once again for some fun and good entertainment, and I would certainly consider bowling in a league once again now that it is going to be cleaned up. There is a local microbrewery opening soon just across the street "Hell Bay". Hopefully their beer/ale will be sold at the new "Spirits on the Mersey". Congratulations to Sharon and Mike and I wish them every success.

  • Judy Quinn
    March 11, 2013 - 13:35

    Good luck

  • Christian
    March 11, 2013 - 12:07

    This is great news. With all the various changes the restaurant has gone through it only seemed like it was going more and more down hill. With this brand new ownership hopefully we can look forward to a refreshing change that the entire establishment needs.

  • LOUISE CONRAD
    March 11, 2013 - 11:36

    I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD THING.A NEW,FRESH APPROACH TO AN OLD BUSINESS.I'M GLAD YOU ARE MAKING IT BETTER AND NOT GETTING RID OF IT.I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF THE BOWLING ALLY,GLAD IT'S NOT GOING AWAY.THANKS.

  • Eileen and Ron White
    March 11, 2013 - 10:30

    We would like to wish you luck and it's about time that this town has a nice bar in it with staff that is on the ball.