Station 51 is the new place to hang your Stetson

By Mike D'Amour

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

Grab yer 10-gallons, pull on them pickle-stabbers and get ready to kick up your heels at Lloydminster’s newest country bar.
Station 51 is about to open at 5009 51 St., the old Bluenose Bar and Grill next to the EconoLodge.
Now under new ownership, assistant manager Tanya Healy said now is exactly the right time for a place like Station 51.
“It’s new and exciting with staff that’s friendly and courteous,” she said.
“The reason we went country is because we wanted to reach the sector of people who don’t feel comfortable going to a dance bar.”
Healy said she knows couples her age who really have nowhere to go.
“So we want to make this a place where middle-aged couples can go to sit, or have a dance, a drink and feel safe,” she said.
The new owners have sunk serious cash into the new bar that will feature nightly food selections.
“We’ve done extensive renovations, it’s not the same building at all,” said Healy.
“We have taken out the sunken dance floor, everything is above ground, all at one level,” she said.
“The dance floor is now surrounded by glass with all real wood bar tops and LED lighting—the bar has been completely renovated from the wall colour, to the lighting to the entry way to the flooring, everything.”
Station 51 will also have two VIP sections; a small one that seats six, and a larger section for 21 people.
“This is a country bar and we will be bringing in bands,” Healy said.
If the music’s not enough to convince folks to head to the Station, Healy said the food will “be great,” with a cook on site.
“Patrons can order from the restaurant (Alex’s Dining Car) until 9 p.m., and then there will be a cook on site until 2 a.m.,” she said.
“We’ll have a rib night, a steak night, a wing night, all on different days of the week, of course.”
While the 214-seat bar will be looking to bring in bigger country acts, it will also feature something a little different every night.
“We will have karaoke again, a live DJ every Friday night, the same night as wing night,” Healy said.
“We’re also planning to have an all-you-can-eat rib night, which will probably be Thursdays—it will be little bit different every time.”
Station 51 is tentatively scheduled to open June 3, with local musicians, the Dirt Rich Band, on stage for the opening.

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