Wayne Gretzky has opened a restaurant and bar at the Edmonton International Airport.
It’s his second No. 99 Gretzky’s Wine & Whisky establishment, he opened the first one in Toronto in 1993.
Heather Hamilton with EIA says what makes this one different.
“I think the difference here is just the passion that people have for the history and the name,” says Hamilton. “Gretzky really is synonymous with Edmonton. Many people around the world, that’s all they know about Edmonton, is (Gretzky’s) relationship with the city.”
Hamilton with says that the restaurant opened ahead of schedule, Friday.
“(It was) basically full in about 10 or 15 minutes,” says Hamilton. “People are really excited about it. If you live here you realize that 30 years after he left the city, he’s still as iconic as ever.”
Hamilton adds there was quite a buzz around the restaurant on opening day, which of course she wasn’t surprised by.
“The feedback that we got was extremely popular,” explains Hamilton. “We didn’t have a specific opening time, you know how opening day goes. It’s kind of like taking possession of a new house, you never know exactly when it will be ready to go.”
No. 99 Gretzky’s Wine & Whisky is located right after security in EIA. (km)