Pioneer Bar & Restaurant now flooded – According to early reports, a burst pipe in the basement of the iconic Pioneer Bar and restaurant in the Pointe-Claire village, caused serious flooding. The City’s public safety crews were called to the scene sometime before 8:00pm on Sunday evening and immediately started working on the broken pipe and pumping water out of the vacant building on to Lakeshore Road.
The Pioneer Bar and Restaurant has been through several incarnations but it has been an iconic presence in the village since the early 1900’s. Controversy arose this past summer when it was sold to a developer whose plans were tear it down and build a luxury condo/townhouse development with commercial storefronts and an underground parking lot in its place.
There was serious opposition to the project by Pointe Claire citizens and heritage activists, who felt the project would be a blight on the village’s charm and character. Appeals were made and their voices were heard. The demolition of the Pioneer Bar was put on hold – while the developer was sent back to the drawing board to put together new plans that would work better with the Point Claire Village’s history and character. The fate of the Pioneer is not yet known, and right now several citizens and activists who were involved in the fight to save the heritage building from demolition, are more concerned about any potential damage caused to the structure.