The Rendezvous Sports Bar and Lounge opened this week, after renovations had kept new owner Michelle Jacklyn hopping since mid-July.
The remodeled dining room includes comfortable booths and window seating. In addition to pub favourites on the menu, the Rendezvous plans to serve up all-day breakfasts.
The fun kicks up a notch beyond the dining room where a permanent DJ booth has been installed, complete with a sound and light system, as well as a juke box, for nights without live entertainment.
Also on site is a pool room with two pool tables and multiple large screen TVs.
Jacklyn grew up in Shelburne and has been returning from Ontario about four times a year to visit family.
She already had a home in the area but didn’t want to make the leap back home until she had established a business.
“Ever since I was young I wanted to own my own restaurant,” said Jacklyn. She got straight to work after taking over the restaurant at 166 Water St. from the previous owner.
“It’s like night and day,” said Jacklyn. She said the only thing that hasn’t changed is the name but only because she wants the public’s input. Jacklyn plans to hold a naming contest for the bar to see what names the community comes up with.
Already, she has plans for fun nights beginning with a 60’s, 70’s and 80’s night, live bands, karaoke and even a beach themed night where they plan to cover the dance floor with sand and let people dance away to their favourite summer hits.
Because they want to attract the sports crowd, as well, they’ll offer specials for teams in addition to the 65-inch large screen TVs.
“We had hoped to be open for the fight,” said Jacklyn, referring to the recent Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor fight, but she knows there will still be many more not-to-miss games in the future.
The business intends to operate seven days a week and stay open just beyond last call for people seeking some nightlife on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Jacklyn has some great ideas for her business moving forward. She’s even planning an indoor washers tournament to help people get through the winter.
“I think this is something that was needed a long time ago,” she said. “It’s a place for people to come and have fun.”