A short five years after opening its doors and bringing its unique locally-focused restaurant concept to Brandon’s Downtown, the popular Prairie Firehouse Restaurant will be closing effective immediately according to a statement shared on Friday by owner Anna Dumas:
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Hello West-man! I would like to begin by saying it has been amazing to serve this community over the last 5 years. The Prairie Firehouse Restaurant has been a part of so many memorable stories, late evenings, weddings, birthday parties and more. I am humbled, honored and proud to have been allowed into so many lives and to share in so many incredible events. I am saddened to announce that we will be closing our doors permanently effective immediately. Our lease is expiring and unfortunately during these unprecedented times, we were unable to reach an agreement for new terms on our historic building. I believe that dining and hospitality should be about atmosphere, happiness and enjoying the company of each other in a space that feels safe and comfortable. Prairie Firehouse was designed to provide the opportunity to bring people closer with the ambiance of live music, entertainment, family gatherings, and with made from scratch, Canadian inspired, Manitoba grown food. We have, without a doubt, accomplished this and I will make it make it my priority to continue to support all of the wonderful local entrepreneurs in Brandon and we hope you do as well. I have loved serving the West-man community for the last 5 years and am so very grateful to everyone I have been able to share our passion with. I would like to thank our amazing staff for all of their dedication and tremendous work over the years, I could not have done it without them. We have an amazing team of such talented, smart and wonderful people that I have come to consider a family. The long nights and camaraderie will be missed dearly. Thank-you to everyone, not only in our tight knit community, but also Canada wide for the support we have received. This adventure has been nothing short of incredible. I hope everyone stays safe, happy and healthy. Cheers, Anna Dumas
Prairie Firehouse first opened in the summer of 2015 in the renovated historic former Central Fire Station on Brandon's Princess Avenue. Since that time it quickly built a reputation as one of the city's top eateries, ranking amongst its best on services such as TripAdvisor and garnering more than its share of acclaim as a must-try local dining experience in the city.
The restaurant was one of many in the city to temporarily close in March in the wake of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, partially re-opening in mid-April to offer a selection of curated meal kits for pickup and delivery.
Prairie Firehouse had maintained a staff of as many as 30 during its half decade in operation.