FRIENDLY FACES Pictured, from left to right: the Lakeside Pubs Jenny, Guido, Helga, and Alex Hochheiden are closing a long-running local eatery and alehouse, which they operated for 11 years. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen

By Pioneer Staff

A legacy of laughter, lager, and lake fun will soon be leaving the valley. The Lakeside pub is closing its doors for good September 22nd.

Guido Hochheiden, who operated the Lakeside Pub with his wife and kids, is hanging up his bar towel because of a currently undiagnosed health condition.

We definitely want to thank all of our customers for the support that we received over the last 11 years, he said. This is not an easy decision to make, but the plan for the future is to get healthy again because health is more important than anything else.

The Lakeside Pub is famous for hosting Invermeres annual Lakeside Event, which features a hang gliding and paragliding party, and the Lakeside Musicians Food Bank Benefit Concert every December.

I hope I find somebody I can pass on our events to, he said.

These are some of our favourite things and I want to make sure that they dont stop with us.

Before the bar closes for good the Hochheiden family has plans to go out with a bang. The pub is featuring a Drink the Bar Dry party night for their last soiree. The pub will have specials, games, and prizes to celebrate their last night in Invermere, September 22nd.

The final message is a big thank-you to all the people who helped us to have the Lakeside for 11 great years.