Located at the Little Bear Golf Course in Ootischenia, Mulligans Restaurant offers warm, fresh food with many natural local ingredients.
Whether you’re hankering for a traditional pub meal such as a burger and fries or some hot chicken wings, or a nice healthy wrap, or even a seafood fiesta, Mulligans can deliver.
“We are co-owners, along with our silent partner husbands,” joked McIntosh, who runs the restaurant along with Laura-Lynn MacKinnon.
The ladies bought the restaurant and took it over in the summer. They fixed it up and had their grand opening in June on Father’s Day.
“Nobody was opening it this year. It was empty,” said MacKinnon. “I spent a lot of time at the golf course with my kids and Tina needed something to do. We talked about it and within about two weeks were right into it.”
The ladies and their families spent three weeks fixing up the restaurant before the grand opening.
“We decided to do it differently than previous owners and open it up seven days and make it a nice, fine dining restaurant,” said MacKinnon.
Both women also have full time jobs and young families, and are active in the Castlegar minor hockey association board.
“We’re all extremely involved in our children’s lives,” said MacKinnon.
McIntosh said everyone helps out with the restaurant even the kids. “Pretty much everyone pitches in and helps do whatever they can,” she said.
The grand opening, customer appreciation night, and inaugural seafood extravaganza were packed.
“For our first four months, it’s been an incredible ride. It’s been very busy,” said McIntosh. “The food’s been wonderful and the people have been fantastic.”
Mulligan’s head chef George Nutter loves preparing food and is ready to meet almost any dietary or nutritional needs of the customers. The restaurant offers daily specials for both lunch and dinner.
“The food we create here is seasonal, local, fresh cuisine,” said Nutter. “We try to do nice hearty dishes that are good for the soul and very tasty.”
Some popular items on the menu include roasted garlic pastas, mushroom asiago chicken, fire-grilled wild coho salmon, and great home made soups such as butternut squash.
Through the fall and winter, Mulligans is closed Mondays. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
“It’s a real friendly, family fun environment,” said MacKinnon.
Mulligans has hosted a number of special functions such as birthday parties, anniversaries, Christmas parties, and more.
They’re hosting another seafood extravaganza on Nov. 18 at the restaurant. People are encouraged to call early for reservations at 250-365-9965 “We’re becoming known for our seafood,” said McIntosh. “We’ll be bringing in lobster, crabs, scallops. People really like fresh seafood.”