A new chapter likely awaits the storied Bimini’s Public House in Vancouver.
The iconic pub and Kitsilano landmark has been listed for sale.
For the price of $549,000, a new owner can take possession of what is described as the first neighbourhood pub in B.C. to get a liquor licence from the provincial government.
Opening in 1974, Bimini’s broke the exclusive hold of hotels on liquor service.
Bimini’s is associated with well-known pub operator Jeff Donnelly, who bought the business from Peter Uram in 1999.
It was Donnelly’s first solo venture. He was 24 at the time.
Donnelly expanded from Bimini’s, and his Donnelly Group now owns several establishments in Vancouver and Toronto.
Donnelly has also branched out to the pot business.
The Jeff Donnelly website has this to say about its roots: “When Jeff Donnelly bought Bimini Public House in 1999, it was both the catalyst Vancouver needed to inspire modern pub culture and the start of a successful hospitality company known as Donnelly Group.”
The listing by Restaurant Business Broker noted that the 2010 West 4th Avenue pub has 213 seats.
The three-level establishment is spread over three floors, with two bars, a lounge area with pool tables and pinball machines, and TV screens.
According to the listing, the liquor primary licence is “held by way of a Third Party Agreement”.
The licence allows liquor service from Monday to Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. up to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Bimini’s was destroyed by fire in 2007. It reopened in 2011.