Iconic Granville Island restaurant Bridges has officially been purchased by Tap & Barrel owner Daniel Frankel, and there are some changes in the works for the bright yellow culinary institution that first opened in 1980.
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Frankel has been working on the deal for the legendary restaurant for seven years and plans to keep the upstairs patio/event portion of the space the same, but downstairs Bridges will be transformed into a completely different concept.
While we don’t have exact details about the renovation plans, Frankel tells Daily Hive they are “going to rebuild the whole thing.”
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Highlights for the new era of Bridges include a focus on “environmental stewardship and supporting local producers and artists,” along with a revamped menu and overall vibe.
“Bridges has had a great deal of influence on me. I fell in love with the alfresco dining concept, which Bridges pioneered. It inspired me to build these expansive patios that bring the community together and create an unprecedented energy,” says Frankel.
Timelines on this project are still unconfirmed, so patrons can find the Bridges they know and love operating as usual until plans are finalized.
We’ll keep you posted!