PEI

Mount Stewart mayor 'disappointed' Trailside Café is moving

The mayor of Mount Stewart, P.E.I., says he is “disappointed” an entertainment venue will be moving from the area to Charlottetown.

'I think there could still be opportunity there for some kind of entertainment industry'

Trailside Café has been host to shows featuring local and international talent for the past nine years under the ownership of Pat and Meghann Deighan. (Travis Kingdon/CBC)

The mayor of Mount Stewart, P.E.I., says he is "disappointed" an entertainment venue will be moving from the area to Charlottetown.

Trailside Café has been host to shows featuring local and international talent for the past nine years under the ownership of Pat and Meghann Deighan. 

"Pat and his wife have been great members of our community for our summers, and have drawn a lot of people into our community," said Mayor Trevor MacDonald.

The couple announced plans to move Trailside to the ground floor of the new Arts Hotel on Kent Street in Charlottetown in December. The move will come with a new name — the Trailside Music Hall is expected to be open on May 1.

MacDonald said the venue drew people "from all over," to Mount Stewart.

"You especially notice when your friends and family are attending events and, you know, posting them on social media. So, it is very noticeable the people that attended," he said.

'Could still be opportunity'

MacDonald said he hopes whatever goes into the venue will be able to draw people to the community like Trailside did.

Mount Stewart Mayor Trevor MacDonald says in the summer Trailside drew roughly 500 people to the rural municipality every week. (Travis Kingdon/CBC)

"I think whoever buys it will still be taking advantage of, kind of, the Airbnb aspect of the upstairs there," he said. 

"Certainly, I think, regardless of the name change or what have you, I think there could still be opportunity there for some kind of entertainment."

Trailside Café had a capacity of about 70 people. MacDonald said in the summer the venue drew roughly 500 people to the rural municipality every week.

"A lot of people that went there were very impressed with the music, you know, the sound of the old building."

The building has not been sold yet, but MacDonald said he assumes someone might be interested "from a small business standpoint."

"It has only been on the market now for a couple weeks, so wait and see what happens," he said.

"Then certainly reach out to the new owners and, you know, discuss future plans and what we can do to support."

More P.E.I. news

With files from Angela Walker

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now