Bernie’s Supper Club and Cinema to open in old Doc's location this summer

Old Doc's pub gets facelift

Big things are underway at one of the longest-standing pubs in downtown Kelowna.

The former Doc Willoughby’s is undergoing a complete transformation, including name change and is scheduled to open sometime in the middle of June.

"It was such an iconic establishment for all of us, in so many different ways," says Jill Jarrett, spokesperson for Nixon Hospitality.

Doc's will now be known as Bernie’s Supper Club and Cinema, and you guessed it, will also show movies on the third floor.

"It's going to be a 60-seat theatre, with this fancy new laser projector," Jarrett says.

There will be scheduled movie times and guests will also be able to order a beverage and food during screenings. The owners Kyle and Carolyn Nixon have fond memories of going to movies on Bernard at the old Paramount Theatre, in fact, they remember a time when there were two theatres in the area.

"It's our love letter to Bernard. It's the heartbeat, I think of our downtown and our city and we're so excited to be a part of it," Jarrett says.

The name isn't the only thing that will be changing, new drinks and food menus will also be part of the makeover. Jarrett describes the vibe as, "sort of a Southern California style. But there's a lot of, Spanish Italian influences, and a fairly eclectic menu."

The drink menu will also feature wine and martinis. As for the space itself, it will be more open than the old design and will include windows that slide out of the way to make the patio wide-open, "it'll just be just this really open, welcoming space."

Bernie's will also be much larger than the old Doc's with almost twice as many seats on three levels and a large patio.

The Nixon Hospitality Group also owns and operates BNA Brewing Co. and Skinny Duke's Glorious Emporium, which are also located in downtown Kelowna.

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