The Naramata Pub has new owners and is expected to re-open, according to Penticton realtor Alex Bloomfield
Bloomfield, with Royal LePage, said the new owners, Matt and Christina Krause, took possession last week after a court ordered sale.
The couple, he is a WestJet pilot and she has 14 years of experience working at Salty's restaurant, plan to start remodelling immediately and re-open in May
The remodel is expected to include some freshening up on the inside, as well as putting on a new roof and fixing the septic tank.
The location is also expected to have a new name, the Naramata Pub and Grill, with the goal of being more family oriented.
"All of the components that people love about the pub, such as the opportunity to play pool, will still be there," said Christina Krause. "But we are going to open it up so families can come as well."
Overall, they are keen to support the vision people have in Naramata and become part of the community, she added.
Last July, a sign appeared on the front door, simply saying "pub closed." The building, whose actual name is Camp Creek Station, has stood at the same location since 1985, and was previously owned by a couple known to be very community minded, holding several fund-raisers at the pub.
It was popular with both locals and visitors, and news of its closure last summer was met with dismay.
Many described it as a landmark and community hub, where people gathered to eat, drink and socialize.
RDOS Naramata director Karla Kozakevich said she was happy to hear the news.
"I'm really pleased it did sell, and they are planning to re-open it, which will be great for visitors and tourists and provide employment," she said.