Winnipeg’s famed Tubby’s Pizza Restaurant will cook up its last pie on Wednesday, April 21, as the 46-year-old establishment prepares to close.
In 1969, owner Charlie Clements expanded his business to include The Lounge of Charlie O. and Friends at 164 Stafford Street. Since the 1960s, the restaurant has been a staple in local food culture as serving up the best pizza in town. Tubby’s was also a popular destination for some big name bands back in the day, including The Guess Who, Neil Young, The Mongrels, and Chad Allen. After recording sessions at the nearby Roade Studios on Grosvenor, all the well-known entertainers in the city came to Tubby’s for a bite to eat.
To end the restaurant’s era in Winnipeg, the staff is inviting the public to come out next Saturday, April 17 for a goodbye party. Many of the old staff members will be on hand to serve up a piece of history, and even hope to see some famous faces drop by.
“This place is history and the stories that this place could tell could be at least 10 best sellers,” said former employee Elaine Smith. “We all hold a special place in our hearts for Charlie Clements.”