Cactus Restaurants takes ownership of old Rose’s Pub

Plans for the space still remain to be seen.

The new owners of Rose’s Pub is now known, but it still remains to be seen what will become of the space.

“I can confirm that Cactus Restaurants has aquired the existing Rose’s space in Kelowna,” said Christy Murphy, vice president of communications for Cactus Restaurants. “At this time we do not have any plans to announce for this location.”

A Cactus Club is currently situated in the Yacht Club, just a minute walk away. It moved into a space it leased there in 2015. It’s unclear how long the lease was for.


Rose’s closed Sept. 30, leaving 58 workers, including some seasonal staff out of a job.

Perhaps more than that, however, it marked the end of an era.

Co-owner Rose Sexsmith, choked back tears, when discussing the permanent closure of the pub.

“It is what it is. We’ve been incredibly blessed,” she said. “It’s time, I’m grateful for all these years … I’m sad because it’s like your kid is moving to another world. We’ve had an amazing run and met amazing people. I can’t say how wonderful it’s been.”

Sexsmith co-owned the pub with her brother George Hanna, since 1989, which she described as “a successful partnership.” Her children worked at the pub and her grandchildren are now old enough to sit and enjoy a drink on its deck.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Recovering Kelowna addict rises above her past

Victimized by systems suppose to help, a woman tries to fix her life

Plugged in: Kelowna teen thriving with professional eSports U.S. team

Russel Van Dulken turned his love and skills of gaming into a career

Okanagan College names new fundraising director

Helen Jackman will join the college as executive director of the Okanagan College Foundation and director of advancement

Olympian Andi Naude retires from freestyle skiing

Penticton native skied in 62 World Cup single and dual moguls events in her career

43 Okanagan College students enter studies with help of government

The B.C. Government’s Provincial Tuition Waiver Program allows young students who were in care access education

First her door mat and now unwanted guests poking around at midnight

Penticton woman catches somebody sneaking around her property on a surveillance camera

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

Okanagan experience for the Blue Man Group

The world tour of the Blue Man Group came to Penticton this week for two shows.

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Federal funding helps South Okanagan women safely leave sex trade

The SAFE eXiting from the Sex Trade program helps women

North Okanagan downtown safety issues prompt need for discussions

Town hall meetings approved as city struggles with public concerns

Syrup commercially produced from Summerland maple trees

Maple Roch produces 50 bottles of syrup after trees in the community were tapped

Most Read