Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ben Wicks Pub RIP

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The Ben Wicks Pub has ceased operations. Founded in Toronto in 1980 by popular cartoonist Ben Wicks and decorated with large murals of his cartoons, the basement bar and restaurant is now The Local Gest. One of only a half-dozen Canadian cartoonist landmarks in the country, the bar’s comics connection was maintained by its use as an informal meeting place for the Doug Wright Awards organizing committee for many years. The pub last made news in 2013 when its owner and his manager where ordered by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to pay $18,000 for the manager’s sexually harassment of a bartender in 2008.

A note on the bar’s website reads

Ben Wicks’ wit, cartoons, philanthropy & love of Canada made him a much respected historical figure in Toronto. 
For Twenty-Nine of those years, Robert McEnirney preserved Ben’s great humour & legacy at The Ben Wicks Restaurant & Pub – aka “The Wicks” to regulars; A home away from home quickly adopted by many global visitors. 
Robert’s warm, welcoming nature, as well as his passion for people & conversation, was the basis for many deep-rooted friendships which originated while visiting The Wicks. 
His dedication to ensuring that ALL of his guests enjoyed each & every visit to The Wicks brought personal satisfaction and happiness to Robert. Robert’s catch phrases over the years have been “Chop Chop, Move A Long, Pay Your Bill”. Well, the bills are paid and Robert has decided that it is his turn to “Chop Chop & Move A Long”. 
Robert will always cherish the friendships developed over the years. 
Memories, happy & sad, good & bad, of Robert’s 29 years at The Ben Wicks will always be fondly remembered, and without a doubt, spoken of often. 
Although “The Ben Wicks” is an end to an era in Cabbagetown, please welcome in its place: The Local Gest in True Cabbagetown Style. 
To All the Patrons, Guests & Customers over the past 29 years, Thank You & Cheers.

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