Landmark Brigantine Pub sold to two Cowichan buyers

Valley songwriter Monte Nordstrom and his Beaumonts band had a 10-year stint hosting The Brig
Valley songwriter Monte Nordstrom and his Beaumonts band had a 10-year stint hosting The Brig's rockin' Sunday Night Jam. The pub's been sold by owner Brian Leckie to two Cowichanians, effective March 31.
— image credit: Courtesy: Monte Nordstrom

Maple Bay's landmark Brigantine Pub has been bought to two Island guys, from Cowichan's legendary Irish publican, Brian Leckie.

He said Saturday the Brig's sale should close on March 31.

"It isn't sad, really; it was time to go," said Leckie who had marketed the seaside Brig, and its beer-and-wine store, for several years with a price tag of more than $1 million.

"One buyer lives in Crofton, the other lives in Ladysmith," he told the News Leader Pictorial, declining to name the new owners of the pub he's owned for some 23 years.

"I've known them for quite a while."

Long enough to know they plan to close the Brig for April, and do a makeover of its bar and kitchen.

Leckie believed that reno will be led by a person from Las Vegas.

He didn't expect staff changes in the pub that's hosted a cocktail of music over the years — including rockin' Sunday Night Jams by Monte and the Beaumonts, Eugene Smith and the White Boys, the Cookie Monsters, and the McCandless Family.

Irish banjo balladeer Chuck McCandless and his tuneful clan will run the Sunday, March 16 side of Leckie's famous St. Paddy's Day bash, chased by Irish dancing and more March 17.

"It'll be a big one again this year," said Leckie, a former Irish Constabulary member promised.

"The new owners would be crazy not to carry on with music here," said Leckie, who has used the Brig's basement suite as his second pad for years, while his wife held fort at their mainland home.

"My wife likes living in Tsawwassen, so I''ll have to sweet talk her into moving over here," the valley fan chuckled.

Despite his pub's popularity with bay folks and valley visitors alike, Leckie noted B.C.'s recent .05 drinking-and-driving laws "just kicked the crap out of pubs."

Even so, the jolly shamrock toasted the his buyers, employees, and Cowichan patrons — amid plans to visit Ireland, England and Europe before returning to help "show the ropes" to the Brig's new bosses.

"What will I miss most? Everything; the people and the staff," he said.

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