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Trailer Park Boys add landmark Halifax eatery bars to growing business empire

first_imgBut the downstairs live music venue will take on more of a distinctive laid back, Sunnyvale Trailer Park atmosphere, Smith said. The Toothy Moose, meanwhile, has run its course. Now the East Coasters’ Swear Net Holdings, the firm behind the online entertainment subscription network SwearNet, is venturing into brick and mortar business. “We started a mile apart,” Hartlin said of negotiations with Syperek. “Then some others came to the table that were interested in the space and that drove costs up. The online merch store includes the usual smattering of sweaters, shirts, ball caps and key chains as well as the more unique swearing badge set of buttons, bobbleheads and stickers. The fun-meets-trashy cabaret will become an upscale lounge called The Lab, Smith said. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Through Swear Net Holdings, the three actors and Howsam own 75 per cent of the three venues, while Hartlin owns 25 per cent. There are still subtle hints superfans of Trailer Park Boys will appreciate though, like Freedom 35 beer on tap and possibly a Julian rum and Coke on the drink menu. “Right now it sucks that it’s under construction and the street is closed,” said Smith, better known as Bubbles, the character that sports thick, Coke-bottle glasses and plaid shirts. “But when it’s done we’re going to have a permanent patio. It will be the premier location in downtown Halifax.”Hartlin said the team is investing up to $2 million into overhauling the entertainment complex, with a big lump of cash going into a brand new Shoe Shop kitchen and renovations to the decor. HALIFAX — The Trailer Park Boys, Nova Scotia’s supposedly dopey mockumentary stars, are amassing a business empire spanning an online comedy network, production studio, beverage deals, marijuana branding and now a landmark Halifax restaurant and bar complex. While the Shoe Shop has a fresh coat of paint and some new lighting, the eatery has kept the same “vibe,” with its stained glass, large artificial tree and mural, he said. Facebook The entrepreneurial acumen of Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay — Bubbles, Ricky and Julian — belies the dim-witted campy characters that have attained cult status and prompted Netflix to pick up the franchise, now filming season 12 in Truro, N.S. “In some ways we feel like we’re just getting rolling,” Smith said. “We’re constantly biting off more than we can chew but then we make it work and we make it fun.”By:  Brett Bundale – The Canadian Presslast_img

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