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Get acquainted party to cut the ribbon for new bar

SUMMERSIDE – The Big Mug, in the Town Center Mall on Water St. downtown, hosted a private party Saturday afternoon to officially cut the ribbon for the new bar.

Big Mug owner, Mario Sham, and manager, Mark Gaudet, practice a task they expect will be a welcome addition to downtown Summerside. The Big Mug hosted a get-acquainted party to officially open the new bar space, even thought regular custom won't begin for about a week while paperwork is completed.

The bar is the realization of a dream for Mario Sham, former owner of the China Star restaurant that is next door.

“I went to Toronto. I went to Charlottetown; other places,” Sham revealed.

“The thing is, Summerside is a good place. I want to live in Summerside,” he praised.

Sham has three children, all born here, so the reasons for staying in the city are obvious, he said.

Sham is hoping his bar, when it officially opens within the next week or ten day, as licensing paperwork is finalized, will encourage other bars and establishments to open downtown as well.

“It’s no competition,” he rationalizes, because having multiple places for people to spend their entertainment dollars will draw more people, from outside the city as well, to provide more customers for all the businesses.

I went to Toronto. I went to Charlottetown; other places. The thing is, Summerside is a good place. I want to live in Summerside. Mario Sham - owner, the Big Mug

Mark Gaudet came up with the name, the Big Mug, to reflect the concept of the bar’s service, which will partly focus on draft beers.

The décor includes deep booths for parties of guests, about 16 stools fronting the bar itself, two pool tables alongside bar tables for pairs, and two sections separated for use of larger groups or combinations.

The window onto Water Street provides plenty of light in daytime, while the nighttime view should be inviting for passers-by.

Hours for the Big Mug are likely to be 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weeknights, extending to 2 a.m. on weekends. As traffic progresses, changes may be made to that schedule.

Organizations: China Star

Geographic location: Summerside, Toronto, Charlottetown Water Street

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  • Ryan
    March 31, 2014 - 12:27

    Ive heard nothing but good things about this place already. It wont be easy as summer street heritage rockin rodeo oval among other bars have closed down but with good food and drink options and the right entertainment and the right advertising which it seems is going good so far shouldnt be to hard best of luck summerside needs a new bar imo.

  • Lisa
    March 30, 2014 - 21:16

    Congrats!!!!

  • Cody
    March 30, 2014 - 17:33

    I give it 6 months. Summerside has never been good at supporting locally owned pubs. Heritage, Rockin Rodeo, Summer Street, etc. None survived because Charlottetown has way too many options with Dublin, Hunters, Triangle, etc.

  • John
    March 30, 2014 - 11:49

    I drove by last night... looks nice, looking forward to going in for a closer look. All the best Mario with your new business!

  • Jocelyn Anderson
    March 30, 2014 - 11:25

    It is awesome! Congratulations!

  • Wayne anderson
    March 30, 2014 - 10:59

    It's beautiful Mario