Pastimetavern celebrates 40 years

Published on Thu, Aug 17, 2006
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Pastime tavern celebrates 40 years

The Pastime Bar and Casino will celebrate its 40th year in business this Saturday, said Dennis Hill, of Blaine, whose family owns and operates the business at 658 Peace Portal Drive.

Hill’s parents, Dolph and Mary Hill, bought the 2,500-square foot business in 1966, eventually doubling the business in size when they purchased an adjacent women’s clothing store in 1988.

Hill said the business did exceptionally well until the Canadian dollar slid during the late ‘80s. Business also slowed when tribal casinos opened their doors in the ‘90s.

“For a while, we were paying almost $70,000 a year in gambling taxes to the city,” he said. “The big blow was the tribal casinos having slot machines.”

As result, Hill, who was general manager of the bar for several years, turned to pull tabs and live music to make up for lost Canadian business.

Over the years, Hill said he has hired approximately 200 to 300 local youth who worked for him in the tavern.

“So the idea of the anniversary party is to bring them all back for a reunion,” he said.

Hill said events will include karaoke, dancing, pool and story telling.

The event is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, August 19. The Pastime can be reached by calling 332-6623.