Cherry still touted a great Canadian by North Okanagan restaurant

Don Cherry’s Sports Grill hasn’t had any issues or complaints

Despite some controversial remarks that have taken Don Cherry off the Hockey Night in Canada roster, Grapes is still being celebrated at the namesake restaurant chain.

Don Cherry’s Sports Grill in Vernon hasn’t seen backlash following Cherry’s comments, which some deemed as racist, and which Sportsnet fired him over.

“We haven’t had any issues or complaints from our patrons,” said Amy Nunn, with Prestige Corporate, which leases the space for the local pub in the Prestige Vernon Lodge.

In fact, a majority of Okanagan residents don’t agree with Sportsnet’s decision to fire Cherry, according to an online Black Press poll.

READ MORE: Do you agree with Sportsnet’s firing of Don Cherry for ‘you people’ comment?

Out of 1,822 votes, 69.76 per cent responded “No,” 29.2 responded “Yes,” and one per cent voted “Other.”

Don Cherry’s Sports Grill celebrates Grapes, not only as an icon in the NHL, but as a patriotic citizen, and it’s plastered all over the menu.

“I think I’m a good Canadian, but I’m not the greatest Canadian,” Cherry is quoted on the restaurant’s menu.

The menu continues: “Mr. Cherry, not only do we think you’re good, we think you are irreplaceable. You truly embody the word ‘Canada,’ you have inspired generations of Canadians to be better Canadians. You make us all proud to be Canadian. You are Canadian. You are a Legend.”

The 85-year-old Cherry’s controversial comments were made during Coach’s Corner on Nov. 9, where he said he is seeing fewer people wearing the Remembrance Day poppies to honour war veterans and singled out Toronto immigrants in particular.

“You people, you come here… and you love… our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that… These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price,” he said during the segment.

Sportsnet said in a statement that “following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”

Don Cherry’s Sports Grill has 19 Canadian locations, including Salmon Arm and Cranbrook.

– with files from The Canadian Press and Penticton Western News


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Warriors’ hot start fizzles in 5-2 loss to visiting Vees

West Kelowna returns to action Friday when they host the Vernon Vipers

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Like many in British Columbia, you may be worried about running into… Continue reading

Almost 20,000 parking tickets issued by Interior Health at hospitals in 2019

In 2018, pay parking in Interior Health hospitals totalled $5.3 million of their $2.2-billion budget

Indie rockers Colour Tongues to kick off Western Canada tour in Kelowna

The band is set to take the stage at Fernando’s Pub on Feb. 6

YLW to host event to help ease people with autism into flying

The tour will take families through the entire pre-flight process

VIDEO: Trudeau insists Iran respect families’ wishes when it comes to burials

All 176 people on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 were killed

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. premier talks forestry, service needs with handful of northern mayors in Prince George

Prince George meeting completes premier’s tour of Kitimat, Terrace, Fort St. James and Quesnel

Handmade shelters help house Salmon Arm’s large feral feline population

Shuswap Paws Rescue Society fixed and adopted out about 500 cats in 2019

Summerland taxes expected to rise by 4.0%

Increase to add an estimated $77.73 to typical tax bill

B.C. asks health-care staff to be ‘vigilant’ when screening for coronavirus

This comes after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in Washington State

Tourism visits to the Thompson/Okanagan up 18 per cent year-over-year

In 2019, almost 11.4 million people spent at least one night visiting the region

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

Most Read