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Bottoms puts a Sun Peaks twist on COVID barriers

Popular bar features local art on newly-installed table barriers

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As local businesses prepare for the busy winter season, Bottoms Bar & Grill is taking a novel approach to ensuring the popular establishment conforms with provincial safety requirements.  

It’s recently installed physical dividers between its tables that prominently display local artists. 

Ben Morris, Zuzy Rocka and other commissioned photographers are among the local artists features. 

“I just wanted to do something a little more original [than plexiglass barriers],” said Bottoms’ owner Nathan Cross.

“The problem I saw us faced with is, How do we maintain our classic atmosphere if I have to fill the room with plexiglass?”

Cross said he sees it as a win-win for both the business and patrons—and he’s hopeful the barriers will result in sales for the talented local artists who are featured. 

Their websites are printed on the barriers, and some of the featured images can be purchased at Alpine Images Photography’s brick-and-mortar store in the Village.  

“I thought it just made sense to do something that kind of promoted some of our local residents and photographers and artists,” said Cross. 

Like most Sun Peaks businesses, Bottoms has had to transition quickly to COVID-times. 

Under provincial regulations, businesses can either have a two-metre separation between tables or install barriers between them, said Cross. And while two-metres between tables was fine this summer, Bottoms is anticipating a much busier winter.  

Cross added that the establishment will add an additional heated patio area, complete with a tent, in the near-term. 

Bottoms is also hoping to cater to guests who may not feel comfortable going inside to eat, offering the Bottoms Turnaround Hut, which will operate right off the patio. 

“You won’t even have to clip out of your skis,” said Cross. “You’ll ski by, get some food and drinks, and then keep on going.” 

Cross said hot dogs and chili will serve as the hut’s staple items, along with special items, such as pulled pork, on select days. 

“We’re hoping that it takes some pressure off of our lineups and helps people who feel uncomfortable going into restaurants,” said Cross. 

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