New owners plan to re-open Buckets in Winter Park as Ullr’s
September 27, 2009
Jerod LaChance was a bartender at Winter Park’s former Buckets Saloon.
“Three years I’ve been working here, and for years I was thinking about what I’d do with it if it were mine,” he said in the midst of a major barroom renovation.
LaChance thought of creating more space in the room by opening up the room that once housed the arcade games.
He and business partner Rebecca Kaufman then added a second bar, a stage where the pool tables once were, a lounge area and a redesign of the main bar.
They plan on relaunching the tavern space as Ullr’s (pronounced ‘oolers’ named after a Norse snow god) as early as Thursday, Oct. 1.
“We felt like the space was not used adequately,” Kaufman said.
She and LaChance plan to feature bands on weekends and will locate the pool tables and new arcade games close to the existing laundromat. Those doing laundry will have access to games, even when the bar is closed.
The new owners said they hope to broaden the age range of clientele with varied genres of live music and comedy nights.
Ladies Night on Wednesdays will continue, Kaufman said, during which women get two free drinks, as well as other events such as the Tuesday night pool tournaments. Drink prices will remain the same, she said.
The Buckets-turned-Ullr’s space has a long Winter Park history with owners of the Gasthaus Eichler Restaurant in the 1970s, then Souffle’s fine dining restaurant to the Hideaway restaurant. In 1998, David and Elisa Pratt of Fraser launched Buckets with a laundromat, video arcade and tavern. The Pratts’ son Rick Southwick was the owner who followed, and finally John and Juliana Feltz took ownership in 2007. They sold the bar two years later to LaChance and Kaufman.
LaChance has lived in the Fraser Valley six years. Kaufman, who moved from North Carolina, has called the area home less than two years.
“We understand renovations alone do not bring people in,” LaChance said. “A good bar is all about atmosphere. Hopefully we can bring a good time.”
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