After sweating it out on the ice, ice cold beers and bar food await hockey players as they refuel at Prospects Bar & Grill. Not just for players, it also provides some warmth from the arena while serving up food and drinks for spectators.
Prospects Bar & Grill is located inside of the General Motors Centre. The restaurant opens for lunch at 11 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. It then reopens from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the nighttime crowd. Come September manager Phil Nott says they are trying to have the restaurant open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a discount for UOIT students and staff.
The menu ranges in price from $8 to $15. Typical of a sports bar, they serve dishes like French fries, onion rings, wings and cheeses breads. Entrees include burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips that will fill up any hungry stomach. Soups and chillies are on the menu to warm shivering bodies. For the more health conscious, there are salads such as The Lean and Green. For those looking for more of a liquid diet, they have Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Rickard’s Red and Heineken on tap.
The restaurant may not be winning any Michelin stars, but it does have an ideal location. “It’s alright, we go there to eat after games,” Durham Central Adult Hockey League player Mike Mackenzie says.
If fans want to avoid sitting in a cold arena, they can have a seat next to large windows, allowing a clear view of the ice. Television sets are set up in the centre of the restaurant near the bar and show a variety of sports channels. Nott says, “There are plans to get bigger TVs for everyone to watch, spruce it up a bit.”
Nott says they do not have a lot of traffic off-season, however everyone is more than welcome. When visiting or playing at the GM Centre, Prospects Bar & Grill offers a place to eat fast food and watch a game. The restaurant is open during the week, but is closed on weekends.
Story and images by Hillary Di Menna