Vancouver endorses liquor licence application for the Fox Cabaret
The Fox is a major step closer to becoming a live music venue, following Vancouver city council’s endorsement of a liquor licence for the building today.
Council unanimously approved staff’s recommendation to endorse the application, which will now be sent to B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for approval.
David Duprey, who teamed up with Arrival Agency to transform the former porn theatre into a cabaret and performance venue, said council’s endorsement was “a giant step”.
“I’m really happy that city hall passed it,” he told the Straight. “We had a lot of support, and there was a lot of positiveness about it in the community, and I guess city hall heard that.”
He expects to open the venue’s doors soon after B.C. has signed off on the liquor licence. He said the revamped interior of the building is “going to look great”.
“We just went in and painted and cleaned it up, because it was a little skanky,” he noted.
According to a city report, the new venue will feature events including concerts, theatre, dance, comedy, DJs, and other performances. The main floor will operate in conjunction with events, and the mezzanine will operate as a lounge.
Duprey added that another live music venue will be “a great thing for Vancouver”.
“They’re dying like flies,” he said. “It’s great to be opening one, rather than talking about what’s closing.
“Main Street’s really developed into this awesome neighbourhood that I love and I’m just stoked to see the Fox adding to the fabric of that.”