Lo Pub, Hostel See Final Patrons Out
Dow, Katherine, Winnipeg Free Press
Lo Pub manager Jack Jonasson yelled 'last call' Saturday evening after a bittersweet goodbye celebration that would serve as the beloved Winnipeg watering hole's last hurrah -- Sunday morning, the last of the hostellers reluctantly moved out.
"It was a really positive atmosphere. Obviously there were a lot of tears, but it was the best goodbye I could ask for, surrounded by people who have loved and supported the place. I don't think I'll ever have closure, but this is the closest thing I can get," Jonasson said.
Although the building was put up for sale last month by its owner, The Forks-North Portage Partnership, a decision made by the Hostelling International Manitoba board is what prompted the sudden shutdown of the hostel and pub, said Clare MacKay, vice-president of marketing and communications with The Forks-North Portage Partnership.
The pub, located inside the Kennedy Street hostel, is owned and operated by Hostelling International's HI-Winnipeg Downtowner.
After the Lo Pub had its swan song Saturday night, the Downtowner had its last checkout 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
Shane Kelly from Toronto had been staying at the hostel for more than a week while he looked for a permanent home in the city. …