Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar to open lo­ca­tion in West Hants

Pop­u­lar fam­ily-friendly fran­chise may be com­ing to Sydney

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CA­ROLE MORRIS-UNDERHILL TC ME­DIA

A restau­rant known in Hal­i­fax for hav­ing the best chicken wings in the city is set­ting up shop in Gar­lands Cross­ing in Fe­bru­ary, and one of the pop­u­lar fran­chise’s next stops could be Sydney.

The owner of Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar, which re­ceived The Coast’s Best of Hal­i­fax Read­ers’ Choice Awards gold seal of ap­proval in 2016 for best chicken wings, con­firmed the busi­ness is ex­pand­ing to the West Hants area. The restau­rant, which is fam­ily-friendly, is set to open Feb. 3, but the open­ing may be de­layed un­til the fol­low­ing week.

Brad Hartlin said they are also con­sid­er­ing branch­ing out to a few other com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Wolfville, New Glas­gow and Sydney, but said those ven­tures would only come to fruition if the right op­por­tu­nity arose. How­ever, they are “on our radar.”

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing in the lead up to the open­ing of the West Hants venue, said Hartlin.

“It’s a smaller venue than we usu­ally have but be­ing in the Birth­place of Hockey, I thought it was a good move for us to give Wind­sor a try,” he said.

Hartlin and his busi­ness part­ners have six Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar lo­ca­tions (this fig­ure in­cludes Gar­lands Cross­ing), plus three other ven­tures.

“When we do this, we bring our own brand there and we move with our own prod­uct. We think we will be suc­cess­ful,” he said.

Hartlin said the in­ter­est in their ar­rival has been pos­i­tive, with about 75 job ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived. He said they try to hire lo­cal when­ever pos­si­ble.

“We try to do as much as we can lo­cally. If we can use lo­cal peo­ple in the area when we build them, we do, and then we try to give back to the com­mu­nity,” said Hartlin. “That’s our big thing. If peo­ple sup­port us, then we want to sup­port them back.”

That sup­port, he said, could equate to team spon­sor­ship, help­ing host an event, or pro­vide team meals.

Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar will be open­ing in the Gar­lands Cross­ing shop­ping dis­trict, in a lo­ca­tion that had pre­vi­ously been a restau­rant.

“It is a smaller ven­ture so 60-65 seats. Some of our spots have 280 seats so it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent on that end but at the same time, it’s the right fit for us. We’re very ex­cited,” said Hartlin.

CA­ROLE MORRIS-UNDERHILL/TC ME­DIA

Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar is open­ing up shop in West Hants in Fe­bru­ary. The owner, Brad Hartlin, is op­ti­mistic they will be able to make a go of the site, which had pre­vi­ously been a restau­rant.

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