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Thackeray's Restaurant

Thackeray's was in business in the basement of 1500 Brunswick Street approximately 1981 - 1998. In the late 1980s, LGBT folk and others in Halfiax began to notice some pushback from the management - specifically, anything other than "straight couples" were refused service.

In 2012, the original owner, Don Webster, bequeathed the entire business to Wendy MacPherson and Rick Shanks1. MacPherson? became secretary-treasurer of the business, and Shanks president. In March, 2016, the building and the rest of the block it was on, was torn down.

JanetConners writes

In 83 or 84, I was there with a woman friend, and we were told that we would not be served, because they had a rule against serving two women dining alone together. I was just a dumb, uninformed young woman, and I remember being outraged that the rule was about being gay. I suppose the person who wouldn't serve me, presumed I was gay -- they didn't ask.


After winning the bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics for ice dance, my good friend Rob McCall? called and wanted to go out and celebrate. We agreed that Thackeray's would be a good starting point, and then off to the clubs, not being served, because, we were told, that Thackeray's had a rule against serving 2 men dining alone.


1. ChronicleHerald, Bequeathed entire restaurant, new partners miss boss May 2, 2012