Giant Bison Head From New Bedford’s Libad’s Bar Finds New Home in Fall River
If you ever went to Libad's Bar & Grill (later Libad's Seaside Tavern) back in the early 2000s, then get ready for a trip down memory lane.
Michael and Maddie wrapped restaurant week recently at Dunny's BBQ, Burgers and More. The Fall River staple had just transformed its popular bar into more of a family dining experience.
Everywhere you look, old photos of the city and saloon-themed knickknacks covered the walls from top to bottom. Most noticeable was a giant bison head that once was at home at the former Libad's on New Bedford's Brock Avenue.
The head was tossed out by the crew of the hit TV show Bar Rescue back in 2013 during a renovation and sat in the back of New Bedford Antiques at The Cove for years, collecting dust. Libad's eventually closed. The building went on to be home to 3 C's Bar and Grille.
In 2018, Dunny's owner Chris Donovan, who collects all and any memorabilia that fits well with his saloon-themed restaurant, snapped it up.
"It was dormant for years, just waiting for someone to buy it," Donovan said. "I paid $1,000 for it and now it sits proud on the walls of Dunny's."
Donovan said the reason he wanted the bison head was for the symbolism.
"Back in the day, hanging a bison head brought good luck, prosperity and power," Donovan said. "It was a signature piece in western saloons."
Do yourself a favor. If you have any free time, pay a visit to Dunny's on North Main Street in Fall River for an ultimate time-travel experience in this one-of-a-kind establishment.
The bison head alone is selfie-worthy.