January 2, 2019 5:25 pm
Updated: January 2, 2019 6:43 pm

Long time owner of iconic Bridge Drive-In dies

The BDI's current owner wants to keep her grandparents' legacy alive

Bridge Drive-In / Facebook

A former owner of one of Winnipeg’s most iconic businesses has died.

The Bridge Drive-In announced on social media Wednesday afternoon that Allan Rutherford, the longest-tenured owner of the famous ice cream stand, passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Rutherford bought the family-run business in 1974. It was founded in 1957.

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BDI was in the news in late November when they announced a new indoor location would be opening at Kildonan Place mall, which it did in December.

Current co-owner Jessica Jacob, Rutherford’s granddaughter, said on Facebook that her goal with the business has always been to continue her family’s legacy.

“As with any business, there have been many ups and downs and lots of learning,” said Jacob.

“But in the end, our goal has always been to make my grandparents proud.”

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