Meet Louise & Barry McKillican
Louise and Barry McKillican have been involved in the music and entertainment industry for much of their lives. In fact, music has always been a family affair. The McKillicans would often travel to music festivals with their kids when they were younger. Now that their kids are grown up, they help out with various aspects of the family business, as do some of the couple’s grandchildren as well as Louise’s parents.
It was the McKillican’s familiarity with the music and entertainment industry that helped them decide to go into this business. “We wanted to provide a place in Quesnel that would appeal to young people,” Louise says. The McKillicans have numerous contacts in music and they book indie bands from all over Canada to play at The Occidental. Bringing in high-quality musicians is important to Louise and Barry, as is showcasing Canadian talent.
The McKillicans also like to showcase local talent when it comes to the food that they serve. “It was important to us to create a menu that is not your average pub food and to use as many local ingredients as we can,” says Louise. Many of the pub’s meat products come from Louise’s parents’ own local farm, and the McKillicans also grow and purchase fresh local produce when it’s available. Though they’ve only been open a short time so far, the McKillicans have received many compliments on the menu and the music, and are happy with the buzz that’s being generated about The Occidental by its customers.
Entertaining. Vibrant. Fun.
The Occidental is the hottest ticket in town when it comes to indie bands and energizing music, featuring live bands from all over Canada Sunday through Thursday night and DJ’s every weekend. Sit back, relax and listen while you enjoy The Occidental’s gourmet pub-food, including $4.95 appetizers every day, all evening long and happy hour drink specials from 5 pm to 6 pm every weekday. Local ingredients are incorporated into many dishes, and new local foods and recipes are added often. The Occidental is proud to be one of the only pubs in BC to offer all of Barkerville Brewing Company’s beers on tap including the famous 18K Ale. Stop by for a quick drink after work, pop in for appies or a meal or book a table for your next party or special event.
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