Darcy’s Pub is taking over the Station House Pub space on Goldstream Avenue, with plans to open its second location in April.
“We’ve been looking for locations to expand,” said W. Dale Mallock, Darcy’s co-owner.
Mallock said they were looking to the West Shore to branch out and are thrilled to be moving into the Station House site. The new Darcy’s will employ about 45 people, 27 more than the Station House.
“I am happy to say most of my staff have been rehired,” said Bill Beadle, owner and operator of Station House Pub for the past 13 years.
He will still run the Svelte Lounge and remains the landlord of the building.
“(Darcy’s) will be a slightly different venue with a few more improvements in the pub,” Beadle said. “They’ll be giving it a Darcy’s look.”
The building will go through up to three weeks of renovations and will have a similar look to the namesake pub in Bastion Square in Victoria.
The plan is to build a new stage to host live music, to provide numerous TV sports options and offer full kitchen service, Mallock said. While Darcy’s Pub downtown has live entertainment every night, the new location will have live music three nights a week to start, he said.
“I know a lot people from the West Shore come to Victoria to come to Darcy’s,” Mallock said. “We are hoping people will go see the Shamrocks, Grizzlies or go to Western Speedway and then stop here for a pint or a dance.”
The Station House will close later this month, a day before the pub changes hands. The new owners will host a “soft opening” after the renos are completed.