Two longtime pubs become one

Workers strip down the interior of J Malone’s Bar & Grill, which will reopen as Legends Pub.  - Legends Pub Facebook photo
Workers strip down the interior of J Malone’s Bar & Grill, which will reopen as Legends Pub.
— image credit: Legends Pub Facebook photo

A local neighbourhood pub that recently closed for renovations will soon reopen under a longtime rival’s name.

J Malone’s Bar & Grill, located across from Garden City Shopping Centre on Blundell Road, will reopen in the new year as Legends Pub.

Legends owner Glenn Jensen bought the rival pub following a long search in City Centre for a new home. Like many downtown Richmond properties, Legends’ Buswell Street site is slated for redevelopment.

The two pubs are a five-minute drive apart. Moving into his competitor’s digs is strange, admitted Jensen.

“I just closed down my closest competitor. It’d be like Safeway closing down right beside Save-On,” he said.

Jensen closed Malone’s two weeks ago after getting to know the pub’s regulars who he hopes will return to the rebranded space in the new year.

“We want to be a sports bar,” said Jensen. “We’re going to try and keep that theme.”

Legends opened in its first location on Lansdowne Road in 1994. The Vancouver Canucks’ Stanley Cup run quickly put the sports bar on the map. Redevelopment forced Legends to move to Buswell Street—a location that is now also slated for a high-rise development.

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