Standing 20-feet tall with large front windows, the Skeena Bar plans were drawn to mimic the look of an older Terrace building.
“It will have super modern facilities in terms of WiFi, plumbing and electrical, but it’s going to feel like you’re walking into a heritage building,” said Hatha Callis, business development manager for Progressive Ventures Construction.
The bar will be built on the same property that used to house the Skeena Hotel and bar, which was lost in September 2008 after a fire gutted the building. Operating underneath the Skeena Group umbrella, the new pub will be located next to the existing Skeena Liquor Store property on Greig Avenue.
Now the intent is to recreate the pub with a similar look and feel to the old Skeena, according to Callis.
“Everybody in this town always came to the Skeena in the past, everybody knows the Skeena,” he said. “So it doesn’t really matter what we call it – everybody is going to call it the Skeena.”
The parking lot will also get an upgrade with additional pavement added to the main lot to create 14 additional spaces, including handicapped spaces paved closer to the bar.
Callis noted there is a market for a new bar in town that is within walking distance of the downtown core.
“There isn’t really a bar like this in Terrace right now,” Callis said.
The inside will follow an open layout, with high and low tables tucked in around a fireplace built in the centre. Capable of sitting 50 people, with 10 additional seats at the bar, Skeena Group manager Renee Aird hopes the new pub will be used as a social house for the community.
“We just want it to feel like that place where you can come in and almost make it your own,” said Aird.
“If you want to have just a couple guys with some pints, if you want to have your own little scotch tasting and try a bunch of different scotches, it’s that sort of a place.”
While the Skeena Bar won’t be serving food, they will have snacks and drinks available for customers to nibble on with a special scotch and whiskey list, and they plan to hand-select their wine list next month. Meetings with beer suppliers are underway, and beer-lovers can expect local brews from Sherwood Brewery and the Wheelhouse in Prince Rupert.
Construction will continue right up until November when the hiring process will start for six to eight people. Doors are expected to open to the general public by December.