In August, The Slice closed its doors for good — at least that’s what everyone thought.
On Friday, an unexpected post appeared on “The Slice Bar & Grill” Facebook page stating the pub would be reopening under new management.
“Within 24 hours, it had over 200 likes and 100 shares on the post, that shows that people really want The Slice back,” said Jesse Smith, who’s taking over.
When brothers Tyler and Jesse Freed said they were closing The Slice, they said they were hoping they’d be able to find someone to take over the lease.
“When I first approached them, it was more out of curiosity than anything to see what we could work out and they said they could be accommodating,” said Smith.
The way Smith is undertaking the business is through a “lease to own,” option for the buyout.
It’s not just the venue that grabbed the hearts of those in the community. The thin-crust pizza was just as loved. The former cook has agreed to stay on for some time so the new crew is able to perfect the pizza recipe many grew to love.
“I’m bringing on another cook and (Tyler) is staying for sometime to help train him and we’re going to try and keep the pizza as close as we can.”
With a few changes, Smith sees a lot of potential in the business. He plans to update the interior and make a few changes to the menu.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help with the start up and improvement costs and community members were quick to lend a hand.
Firefighters holding fundraiser
Things are going to heat up Saturday as the Lethbridge Firefighters Charities Association will hosting its 2017 Fire Fighter Calender Voting Night.
This year’s 18-and-over event is moving to a larger location.
In the past, it was hosted at Average Joe’s and women were often turned away.
“We felt it was just getting too big and we moved it to the Exhibition so we can basically fit more people and make it a bigger event,” said firefighter Wes Borland, who’s helping organize the event.
This year, he anticipates around 800 people will attend.
This year, there will be three rounds. Firefighters will model tuxedoes, beachwear and, of course, their firefirefighter gear. This year they’ve also introduced a “firefighter auction” which Borland said will allow attendees to bid on a spot in an Orange Theory Fitness class which will be run by a few of the firefighters.
“We’ll also be auctioning off several firefighters for an hour of house chores or hour of yard work, things like that,” said Borland.
There are about 300 VIP tickets and only a limited amount of tickets remain. VIP tickets are $100 a seat and tables come in seats of five or 10. Each table include a choice of white or red wine and a food platter to share. Every VIP holder will receive a pre-ordered signed calender; 10 voting tickets; a gift bag valued at $250; a taxi voucher to the Coulee Brew Co after party; and a Food and Beverage Expo ticket for 2017.
To purchase a VIP ticket, call 587-257-9463.
The regular standing tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at Petris Liquor, Orange Theory Fitness, Organic Tan and Exhibition Park.
The money raised goes to the Lethbridge Firefighters Charities Association which supports local charities.