The closure of Mattson and Co. last month at 225 Locke St. South was met with widespread disappointment. It had become a staple of the neighbourhood and its simplified-yet-diverse menu, perfectly situated patio, and live jazz music provided a unique option for Hamilton restaurant-goers.
So Dan Lewis knows he has big shoes to fill.
The general manager of The Squire: Pub on Locke admitted even he was disappointed when he heard Mattson was closing.
“My fiance and I would go to Mattson regularly,” said Lewis. “We loved it.”
Ye Olde Squire has become a Hamilton staple in its own right. Born in 1979, its locations on the mountain and in the west end provide a classic pub experience. So the announcement that Squire would be setting up shop at the corner of Locke and Alexander had many wondering how it would fit in with a neighbourhood that already has a bevy of food and drink options. One of those options being West Town Bar & Grill, which has occupied its spot in the heart of Locke for 30 years.
“We’re not looking to compete with West Town,” said Dan. “They’ve been around for a really long time and so we want to provide something different.”
All you have to do is look at the branding to see that this isn’t Ye Olde Squire; it’s The Squire.
Dan says The Squire will find a balance between some of the upscale traditions set by Mattson while ensuring the pub is approachable.
“We want to attract everyone, whether you’re in the mood for a glass of wine and coconut seafood curry or you just finished a long shift and you’re in your dirty jeans and want a beer and chicken wings.”
Those familiar with Ye Olde Squire’s menu will notice a difference in the menu at The Squire, with classic items getting a slight upscale twist.
Dan says they’re also looking to incorporate vegetarian and vegan options in order to accommodate a neighbourhood known for its progressive dining.
“We’re just really excited to be a part of this neighbourhood. You can’t ask for a better spot.”
The Squire officially opened its patio on Monday (July 5). Indoor dining is expected to be available when the province’s COVID-19 restrictions allow it.