MARCO Builders are constructing the new building for the Fall River Dental Group. It will include a small family restaurant/pub. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: The new dentist building being constructed on Highway 2 across from RaceTrac Gas/Burgess Service Centre in Fall River will include a much rumoured family restaurant/pub.

Dr. Barbara Scott said she and colleague Dr. Colleen Jordan, who operate Fall River Dental out of the building that houses Joyful Sounds across from Lake Thomas on Highway 2, spoke a bit about the new building.

“Things are moving along well with construction,” said Dr. Scott on Sept. 20. “We decided to move because we wanted to own our building instead of renting.”

Dr. Scott said the amazing view that the new location offers doesn’t hurt either.

They do have a date they’re aiming for to welcome patients into the new building.

“We are hoping to be in the new space by February 2017,” she said.

Councillor Barry Dalrymple admitted he had been asked many times about what was going there, and had said that there would be no pub because of regulations.

However, he said what he’s been told is it will be a smaller version of what has been rumoured in the community. MARCO Builders is the company constructing the building.

“I do understand they knew a full size family restaurant and licensed bar could not be put there, but my understanding is that it may well be a smaller 40-42 seat family style restaurant with a licensed bar,” said Dalrymple.

He said the main issue is without septic and no municipal water it makes it a no go right there.

“With the parking restrictions under the new plan, all designed to protect the community, you just couldn’t put in both the restaurant and the professional dentist building,” said Dalrymple. “From what I have been told, they are going to go with a smaller sized restaurant.”

Construction is well underway for the new Fall River Dental Group and family restaurant/pub location on Highway 2. (Healey photo)
Construction is well underway for the new Fall River Dental Group and family restaurant/pub location on Highway 2. (Healey photo)

Darren Scott is the person who will be overseeing operations of the restaurant/pub. He confirmed to The Laker that it was not a rumour, providing a little more details as well.

“The seating capacity will fluctuate between 40-60 depending on the season,” said Scott on Sept. 21. “This has been something I have wanted to do for some time and the timing seemed right to move ahead with the idea now.

“I really enjoy the customer interaction aspect of the food service business.

He has an idea as to when the pub/restaurant will open.

“We are hoping to open the doors early in the new year,” he said.

The business will create much needed employment for some in the community.

“We expect to create somewhere between 10 – 14 jobs and are hopeful we can fill many of those positions with members of the local community,” said Scott.