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Not everyone is happy with the newest tenant in Stanley Park

Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 10:15 am PDT

An artist's rendered image of Stanley Park Brewing moving into the former Fish House restaurant location. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)
Summary

Park Board approves $4.5 million plan that would include renovations

The location of the Fish House has sat empty for a year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It looks like the former Fish House restaurant in Stanley Park has a new tenant and it’s Stanley Park Brewing.

The Vancouver Park Board gave the go-ahead to the plan last night, which includes $4.5 million in renovations to a building which has been around since the 1920s. That plan includes a tasting room, on-site brewing and other major upgrades.

Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung says Stanley Park Brewing has a long connection to the park including support of the local Ecology Society and she’s hoping they’ll stay on long-term. “They have, on more than one occasion since the windstorm back in 2006, or with other brews or programs demonstrated their involvement and support for the park and I think that is a unique option.”

However, Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon voted against the plan. “Stanley Park Brewing is owned by Labatt, who in turn, is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev — the largest multi-national beer company in the world.”

He adds there were plenty of Vancouver businesses who would have loved to have been in that location and likens it to a McDonald’s coming to the park. “I don’t believe our parks are meant for commercial manufacturing of products. There are lots of places within Vancouver to put factories.”

The Fish House restaurant closed last year, but the Park Board wasn’t able to reach an agreement with anyone to have the space filled sooner.