Stroll down to Dundarave Beach, and you’ll see the iconic Beachhouse Restaurant closed for renovations. The surrounding fence directs people to Earls Ambleside Beach; Earls operates the waterfront eatery that’s situated in a 106-year-old building.
The refresh is expected to be complete late this summer.
Last fall, West Vancouver council voted to rezone the Beachhouse. The district is to contribute $750,000 to the estimated $5-million project, according to the North Shore News.
Although Earls runs the restaurant, the district owns the site and receives a percentage of the rent.
Earls is permitted to add a 689-square-foot two-storey addition, including an elevator, ramp, and accessible washrooms for improved access.
As it stands now at about 33 feet tall, the building exceeds municipal height restrictions; the renos will see the roof peak lowered to about 26 feet.
The upgrades will also include: a new pergola with retractable awning; new south-facing windows for better views of Burrard Inlet; the removal of the house’s fireplace (not original) and upper-level temporary tent; enhanced kitchen space: and an updated private-event space upstairs. The building will also get new mechanical, electrical, and emergency systems.
Its seating capacity of 168 will not change.