‘We know it’s a gem’
Oasis partners excited to be part of revitalization effort at Pasadena Beach
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.
The Oasis Grillhouse on Pasadena Beach is getting a breath of fresh air, pumped into it by a group that has recently purchased it.