Born March 11, 1949 in Ottawa to Joseph and Helen (Carragher) Keefe of Prince Edward Island, Kevin Keefe grew up in Ottawa, St. Catherine’s, and Clarkson, Ontario. In 1972 he moved to Halifax which has been his residence for 32 years.
Kevin Keefe’s successful business career is due to his independent, entrepreneurial spirit and ability. His business career started in 1972 in construction, but soon switched to the tavern business in 1975 when he and his late brother,Wilfred, purchased the Gainesboro Hotel on Hollis Street and opened Ginger’s Tavern. Since then, he has owned various other food and beverage operations, including: The Carlton Hotel, the Seahorse Tavern, the Fo’c’sle Tavern in Chester, Thackeray’s Restaurant, Applause Restaurant, The Up Here Bar, the Granite Brewery at the Henry House, The Granite Brewery at Ginger’s Tavern in downtown Halifax, and, since 1991, the Granite Brewery in Toronto on Mt. Pleasant Boulevard, where his brother, Ron, operates the business.
In 1985, Kevin Keefe became a pioneer in Canada’s fledgling micro-brewing movement when he and his brother, Wilfred, learned to brew fine English Ale and Irish Stout, adding this product line to their food and beverage operations under the name “Granite Brewery”. The Keefe brothers have achieved international recognition and acclaim for their award winning brews.
Another business interest for Kevin Keefe has been in the music, film and television production industries. He was instrumental in the building and operation of a film sound stage, Cinesite, in Burnside, and continues to be active on the Board of the Linda Joy Media Arts Society, which supports emerging film and video artists.
Service to the community is important to Keefe, as evidenced by his roles throughout the 1980’s as founding President of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Society, President of the national Board for Alzheimer’s, and Vice President of the international Alzheimer’s organization. He has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Armbrae Academy, and presently sits in a citizen’s advisory role on the Minister’s Advisory Commission on the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission as well as on the Barrington Street Heritage District Steering Committee.
Kevin Keefe believes that public service is an essential element of a strong society. He is able and willing to serve, and offers his entrepreneurial experience, ability and creative talent to the public sector.
Brewer - Proprieter
BA University of Ottawa 1971
Born in Ottawa 1949. Has resided in Halifax since 1972.
Married Clare Macdonald of Kentville, Nova Scotia (1977) and they have 2 sons : Joseph (24) and Brian (22).
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