‘We know it’s a gem’

Oa­sis part­ners ex­cited to be part of re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­fort at Pasadena Beach

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PASADENA — Chris King wants fair weather for western New­found­land this summer, but it was a per­fect storm of sorts that made that hope a pri­or­ity for him.

The for­tu­itous set of cir­cum­stances that came together have amounted to he and some friends en­ter­ing into a new part­ner­ship to pur­chase and op­er­ate the Oa­sis Grill­house on Pasadena Beach.

King and his wife Susan have joined forces with two other cou­ples — Jamie and Vicki Ray­mond and Cathy and Derek Garcin — on the ven­ture. The cou­ples all have long­time ties to Pasadena.

No one needs to con­vince them how beau­ti­ful Pasadena Beach is and the po­ten­tial it has to be­come an even hot­ter at­trac­tion than it al­ready is.

For the past few years, talk around Pasadena was that the town was go­ing to start investing more time and re­sources in the beach area. So, now that the town is act­ing on that commitment, the tim­ing for tak­ing over the business that leases land from the town couldn’t be much bet­ter.

“It ex­cited us to have a chance to try and bring it back to the glory it was in yes­ter­year,” said King.

King works in the con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing field, while Jamie Ray­mond is a trades­per­son skilled in plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, plastering and paint­ing. The Garcins are long­time business owners and own some land­scap­ing equip­ment.

The kitchen of the Oa­sis has been gut­ted and Ray­mond has al­ready re-plas­tered and re­painted the build­ing. Garcin, in con­cert with the town, used his trac­tor to re­move much of the veg­e­ta­tion that once sep­a­rated the beach area from the park­ing lot, which has opened up more space on the beach.

“It’s a very busy sea­son and it’s a short sea­son,” King said. “The fi­nan­cial bur­den is spread out and we all have our own strengths, so we can share the du­ties and re­ally get things done.”

They ex­pect to start in­ter­view­ing soon for cooks, servers and bar­tenders. The real fo­cus, King noted, will be to in­crease vis­i­ta­tion to the beach. That will in­clude local res­i­dents and tourists, who flock to the beach on hot summer days.

“We want to try and get more tourists off the road,” he said. “We know it’s a gem and anyone in the area knows what a nice spot it is. But we’re re­ally go­ing to step up the mar­ket­ing cam­paign because I think we’re miss­ing out on a lot of tourism po­ten­tial there.”

He said there are not many fresh­wa­ter beaches in the prov­ince where there is a pub and res­tau­rant; that alone should make Pasadena Beach a tourist destinatio­n, he says.

“The crowds here can be good, but I think with all our mar­ket­ing and plan­ning, the crowds will be even big­ger,” said King.

The part­ner­ship also wants to pos­si­bly ex­tend the sea­son in the spring and fall.

In the long-term, they may even con­sider some win­ter op­tions, though that would re­quire build­ing up­grades since the business is not win­ter-ready at the mo­ment.

GARY KEAN/THE WESTERN STAR

The Oa­sis Grill­house on Pasadena Beach is get­ting a breath of fresh air, pumped into it by a group that has re­cently pur­chased it.

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