About Us

Champions Bar and Grill (now the Belly Up BBQ & Grill) has been a work in progress for over 30 years. Originally opened in 1983 by the Johnson Family operating as the Mill Beverage Room, the family focused on the customer’s experience.

After a successful 27 year run, the Johnson family sold the business to Paul Blenkhorn in November of 2010 and Paul continued the family run tradition while renaming the business Champions Bar and Grill and focusing on the quality of food offerings.

Paul did extensive renovations to the inside of the building including new booths and lighting for a more comfortable family feel at home, in addition a new bar area and Yamaha sound system was put into the building.

In August of 2013 while Paul’s focus was building other businesses he decided to sell to Derek Forsyth to ensure the focus of building the business from the ground up was continued. Derek immediately focused on the continued improvements of the food offerings, improving the building and creating the best live entertainment in Central Nova Scotia.

Since that purchase, a new draft system was installed, the exterior of the building was painted, new heat pumps were installed and extensive kitchen upgrades were brought in to increase the efficiency and quality of the kitchen.

As for the entertainment, Champions has brought in some significant live acts such as The Trews, Alan Doyle, The Stanfields as well as great cover bands such as Signal Hill!

Over the past 32 years much has changed in Truro but one thing that will remain is the focus of Champions Bar and Grill to ensure the customers’ experience is exceeded and the quality of the product of food, beverage and entertainment is the best while offering fair prices!

As the owner of the business, I look forward to the next 32 years of improving the business and having our loyal clientele and the next generation keep opening the doors and call it home.

Derek Forsyth