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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Champs Motor Inn / Plaza Inn / Osborne Village Motor Inn (160 Osborne Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey structure on Osborne Street in Winnipeg was built in 1965 by famed restaurant owner Oscar Grubert and named the Champs Motor Inn. Grubert envisioned it as the first in a chain of entertainment hotels. It had a British theme, including a Rolls-Royce courtesy car for picking up and delivering VIPs, a Cock ‘N Bull restaurant, with seating for 125 people, that featured a barbecue for grilling steaks with a “true cooked outdoors” taste. Within five years, Grubert had sold it to the Kives family who renamed it the Plaza Inn. Known for its raucous nightlife, the hotel has been closed since 2015.

Osborne Village Motor Inn

Osborne Village Motor Inn (August 2015)
Source: George Penner

Osborne Village Motor Inn

Osborne Village Motor Inn (July 2018)
Source: Holly Thorne

Osborne Village Motor Inn

Osborne Village Motor Inn (February 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87728, W97.14389
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Oscar Bert Grubert (1929-2014)


We thank Holly Thorne and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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