New eatery coming to old Fish House restaurant site in Stanley Park

Jan 16 2018, 12:38 am

A new restaurant is in the works for later this year, at the site of the historic Fish House Restaurant in Stanley Park.

The old Fish House closed its doors in 2015 after 25 years of service, so it’s high time this location gets the buzz-worthy eatery it deserves – enter Stanley Park Brewing Company.

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There has been a restaurant operating at this site since 1949 and although this new concept will roll out “soon” – in conjunction with the Vancouver Park Board – no exact date has been released.

The Fish House in Stanley PArk

Fish House Restaurant ( LeonWang / Shutterstock)

Back in late 2015, the Park Board was in talks with the owners of Feast restaurant (West Vancouver) to potentially take over the old Fish House, but that didn’t pan out.

Fast forward to just under a year later in November 2016, and after going through the City’s procurement process, the Park Board approved entering into a lease agreement with Stanley Park Brewing Co. for a restaurant, with small batch brewing on-site and retail use as approved under current zoning at the former Fish House restaurant site.

There will be no change to the building footprint in the new restaurant.

The Park Board said the approved concept has received public, stakeholder and First Nations support. The new food and beverage site will feature a full-service restaurant, small-batch brewing facilities, retail space, and an area for private functions.

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“During our consultation last fall, it was endorsed by the West End Business Improvement Association and the Stanley Park lawn bowling and tennis clubs,” the release added. “Our restaurant partners have committed to continuing working with Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) and residents to protect wildlife and mitigate risks to the park ecosystem.”

The property has been developed with a $4.5 million investment from Stanley Park Brewing.

On Wednesday, January 17 City staff will present a report to Council recommending that they endorse a Limited Liquor Primary License to facilitate growler re-fills for the restaurant.

This recommendation is the latest step following the approval by Park Board for the lease and the completion of the development permitting process.

Stanley Park Brewing Company

Address: 8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

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