Mary-Lynne has been work­ing at the Co­mox since 1984

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She’s got a stack of greet­ing cards from reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing a poem, and anote from a Blue Rodeo leg­end that’s signed: “Sorry Imissed you, next time, love Jim Cuddy”— proof that server MaryLynne MacGowan has been charm­ing reg­u­lars at the West End’s Co­mox Street Long Bar since it opened 33 years ago. In a city that says good­bye to its favourite wa­ter­ing holes more of­ten than not (we miss you, DV8), over three decades of an iron-clad mem­ory and “not putting up with shit” needs cel­e­brat­ing—and her le­gions of fans truly adore her. “Two gay guys, older, they’ve been com­ing for years. They said, ‘How are we go­ing to live with­out you? Be­cause if ever we came into money, you’d be the ’rst per­son we’d want to give some to,’” she says. “I said, ‘You could have just asked me. I would have given you my num­ber.’” The Co­mox is clos­ing this year, and MacGowan is ’gur­ing out her next ad­ven­ture. “I never thought that I would live my life to be a waitress,” she says. “But it’s been a re­ally good life. A very good life.”

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