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Kelowna restaurant shutting down, blames lack of government support after wildfires

The wildfires that swept through the Central Okanagan in August were devastating to the entire community, but some felt it more than others.

That includes Jack’s on Bernard, a downtown Kelowna restaurant that announced today that it would be shutting its doors permanently at the end of 2023.

<who>Photo Credit: @tylermeersphoto

Owner Casey Greabeiel said Jack’s, part of the Unconventional Hospitality Group (UHG), had a remarkable five-year run after opening on Canada Day 2018.

“A series of challenges, culminating in the August fire, has led us to this difficult decision. The devastating fire resulted in a loss of over $100,000 in revenue over a four-week span,” he explained.

“Despite the hopes of remaining a staple in Kelowna's food and beverage scene, the lack of government support for businesses affected by unforeseen events became the decisive factor.”

The entire Jack’s team will transition to UHG’s other three establishments, which includes downtown hot spots Pretty Not Bad and Salt & Brick, as well as Diner Deluxe near Gyro Beach.

<who>Photo Credit: Jack's on Bernard/Facebook

Today’s announcement also gives an answer as to why UHG’s Winter Wonder Bar was moved from Jack’s to Pretty Not Bad this year.

"While bidding farewell to Jack's was a tough decision, we are excited about consolidating our efforts and resources into our other projects,” added Greabeiel.

"Jack's holds a special place in my heart, and I'm immensely proud of what we've achieved. We look forward to channeling our energy into our thriving ventures.”

There’s still a month left before Jack’s turns the lights off for good, however, so there’s plenty of time to head down for a few final cocktails.

The Jack’s team is also inviting patrons down for a “memorable closing celebration” on New Year’s Eve from 5 pm until late.

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