When the Pauls decided they wanted to make the move to B.C., they weren’t quite sure what they were looking for. But as fate would have it, Jay Paul came across a pub for sale in Golden, an area he had gotten to know well as a sledder’s paradise.
“I grew up in B.C., and I’ve been wanting to get back here for a while,” said Jay, who just purchased The Dugout (formerly Omega) with his wife Tammy. “We’ve owned businesses in Alberta, and were looking for an opportunity in the area when I saw this on MLS.”
Along with their two children, Jay and Tammy are now making Golden their home.
Running a food and beverage operation is new to the Pauls, who are also continuing to run their roofing and siding business in Alberta. But they are excited to be part of a business that allows them to be immersed in the community.
“We are a sports bar, so it’s great to be involved with the Golden Rockets,” said Jay, who has arranged for his staff to help out in the beer gardens at the arena on game days. In the short months The Dugout has been here, they have also done what they can to help out the Golden Women’s Resource Centre with their Starlight Soiree, and the Golden Legion by donating to the weekly meat draw.
“We try to help out where we can,” he added.
On the business side, The Dugout plans to keep offering locals a great place for a meal, a beer, and probably some sports on the big screens.
“Any changes we’ve made have been pretty small,” said Jay. “The first thing I really wanted to do was lighten the place up…and we’ve also made it a family friendly environment.”
Children are allowed into The Dugout with their parents until about 9 p.m., and even though there is a Keno machine on site, no gambling is permitted at a table with a minor.
“We want this to be a welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone,” said Jay.
If you haven’t been to the pub since the Pauls took over, they invite you to check out their daily specials, as well as the cheap pints. And if you’re a UFC fan, The Dugout will be hosting the live UFC event on Saturday Nov. 12.