Hose and Hound Neighbourhood Pub
By YP Contributor

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Owner Chuck Rose started his hospitality career in Regina and was looking for another investment when he found the Hose and Hound. “I had no intention of staying in the restaurant business when I was first hired as a part-time waiter, but I found I had a real talent for it. I loved serving people and I loved building the team that creates the service,” Chuck recalls.

In an industry known for high staff turnover, Chuck takes the time to get to know his employees. “If you ask your staff to care about your customers, you have to care about your staff,” he says. As a result, Hose & Hound customers find the service reminiscent of a certain television show. “If you come more than three times and the servers don’t know your name, there is something wrong,” Chuck says.

If you come more than three times and the servers don’t know your name, there is something wrong. - Chuck Rose, owner
Beer, wine and spirits, Traditional pub food (fish and chips, wings, potato skins), pizza, pasta, fish, seafood, Celiac-friendly items
The Hose & Hound’s fire-fighting history is on display at the main bar.

Ghostbusters on Speed Dial

Chuck is one of those rare pub owners with ghost aficionados on his contact list. Drawn by tales of ghost sightings at the pub, paranormal investigators have visited three times. “They have always found strange things,” says Chuck. Several staff members have also reported unusual chills or noises.

The pub is located in what was the original Calgary No. 3 Firehall until 1952. Its walls are adorned with fire-fighting equipment and black-and-white photographs of firefighters that include Cappy Smart, Calgary’s first fire chief. His pet monkey Barney is said to be among the ghosts that haunt the building.

“I have never seen ghosts, but I’ve seen them do different things,” he says. Several years ago, Chuck and cook Doug Brown were in the kitchen when a large pail flew off the top of a two-metre-tall shelf and hit a cutting board a few paces away. Not willing to believe it was the work of a ghost they restaged the incident. “Every time we vibrated the pail off the shelf, it fell straight down.” Unable to explain how the bucket flew across the room, Chuck has come to accept these mysterious events as part of the pub’s character, but has never felt threatened by ghostly spirits.

Beer, wine and spirits, Traditional pub food (fish and chips, wings, potato skins), pizza, pasta, fish, seafood, Celiac-friendly items
The pub grub menu also features lighter fare such as the spinach and chicken salad.

Firehall Roots

The pub’s food menu honours its firehall history with Nozzleman’s Nachos and the Fireman’s Clubhouse and also features lighter fare such as bruschetta and spinacha dn chicken salad. “I think lots of people are getting more conscious of looking after themselves,” says Chuck, noting that traditional pub grub is evolving. “And to be able to give them alternatives that are tasty so they don’t have to sacrifice their enjoyment to be healthy is important.” he says.

Visitors can sit near the bar with its collection of model fire trucks or head upstairs for a game of pool or darts. In summer, patrons can choose between the pub’s shady patio and a more open front patio that faces Ninth Avenue Southwest. It’s a good people-watching spot. The pub’s friendly atmosphere keeps people coming back. “Any Friday afternoon at happy hour if there are 120 people here, we know 80 of them by name, what they drink, and where they want to sit,” Chuck says with a smile.

Beer, wine and spirits, Traditional pub food (fish and chips, wings, potato skins), pizza, pasta, fish, seafood, Celiac-friendly items
Located in former Firehall No. 3, the pub has a large and loyal clientele.
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