New Bubba Ray’s opens in old Red Fox Bar and Grill space

Published on August 19, 2014
Woody Menear, owner of Bubba Rays, shines up a table at the new Fairview location.
Metro Halifax/Jeff Harper

HALIFAX - The new Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar off Bayer’s Road is something of a homecoming for owner Woody Menear and local liars.

On Monday, Bubba’s opened a second location in the old Red Fox Bar & Grill location behind the Joseph Howe Superstore in Halifax’s west end, more than four months after the Fox shut down.

“A lot of people loved the Red Fox and we’re glad to fill a void in the community,” Menear said Monday afternoon as regulars from the Red Fox sat amongst the new red tables and 38 televisions, beers in hand.

“We’re hoping to be here for a very long time. We’re in it for the long haul.”

Menear said he had been thinking of expanding outside the Spring Garden Road location for the past few months, and liked the idea of coming to the Fairview area where he grew up.

After getting the keys on July 1, Menear said it took six weeks of renovations to create the 240-seat space, and has hired about seven new staff members.

Although a table with plaques bearing the names of members of the Red Fox Liar’s Club is no more, a member visiting the new space said pictures recording the club’s various parties and get-togethers over the decades are saved in photo albums stored in a back room of Bubba Ray’s.

The man, who preferred not to give his name but goes by “Cueball,” said he’d been coming to the Red Fox since 1971 when he worked for the telephone company whose office was across the parking lot. Another bar nearby was convenient but not the same, he said, while he knew everyone in Bubba’s on Monday.

“We’re still liars,” he said with a smile. “We still come.”

Menear’s expansion comes at a time when many local bars and restaurants have closed, but he said their success is due to a formula of fun atmosphere, cold beer and good food.

“We’re just continuing on with that legacy,” Menear said.