Back to list

Pub celebrates downtown history

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ted Whipp, The Windsor Star

Open late last week, the new Villains Beastro, 256 Pelissier St., offers a sense of fun, a tribute to its downtown setting and its signature panini sandwiches and an Austrian beer on tap.

Owner Geoff Zanetti is especially proud of the remodelling complete with many fixtures recycled and purchased from Habitat for Humanity's store. An old roll of wallpaper was recovered in the building dating back to the 1940s and provided enough to finish one area.

Look for live entertainment in a few weeks as the place settles in.

For now, visitors can take a few minutes to look at the gallery of items in the entrance, including a detailed survey of the downtown. It's a history of the downtown, complete with business names of the day.

The walls are lined with detailed portraits of villains from fiction, film and TV, showing the artistry of an artist from Windsor, Dave Houle.

As far as Zanetti knows, the building has never housed a pub. As for the attraction to open the business, he's committed to Windsor's downtown. For him, that was the appeal to open Villains here.

"It's the city centre. That's where people go."

Villains is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; call 519-915-5215.