Burnt Toast owners mum on Tippler’s takeover

Less than a year after opening its doors, Tippler's poured its last pint. The downtown pub closed for good on Saturday. And it's not for lack of business. "Things were going really well," said pub owner Tim Cameron.

Less than a year after opening its doors, Tippler’s poured its last pint.

The downtown pub closed for good on Saturday.

And it’s not for lack of business.

“Things were going really well,” said pub owner Tim Cameron.

“The business was thriving.”

The closure was a “surprise,” he said.

But Cameron refused to elaborate.

He’d reached “an agreement” with the building’s landlords, he said.

And he wasn’t allowed to talk.

“There’s no hard feelings or bad will,” he added.

Burnt Toast owners Christine Kent and Katija Schmidt are taking over the space.

But they didn’t want to talk about their business plans.

“We’re literally just cleaning up garbage right now,” said Kent, who was in the space on Tuesday.

Rumour has it Burnt Toast is planning to open a pub and a high-end chop house on the premises.

Cameron wishes the new tenants the best of luck.

Tippler’s was hopping on Saturday night, he said.

With that and the Western Canadian Music Awards, which used his venue to showcase bands, the place closed “on a high note,” he said.

Now, Cameron is searching for new digs.

“We had a lot of community support,” he said.

“And we’re trying to figure out a new start-up.”

Cameron is a chef by trade.

“We hope to bring everybody something new,” he said.

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