Stanley Park Brewing is going back to its roots in the most cherished park of Vancouver.
The brewer has been recommended by Vancouver park staff to operate the former Fish House restaurant location in Stanley Park.
In addition to a restaurant, Stanley Park Brewing will also bring in two small-batch brewing areas that will “produce park inspired beer that is innovative and unique to the park location only”, according to the staff report included in agenda Monday (November 28) of the park board.
The report recalled that the original brewery was first located on the shores of Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon in 1897.
“The former Fish House Restaurant site is the ideal location to establish a home for Stanley Park Brewing Co. to tell its story, animate an important area of the Park, offer a unique dining and beer tasting experience catering to both locals and visitors, and bring the art of brewing back to Stanley Park,” the report stated.
Stanley Park Brewing plans to spend $4.5 million to renovate the former Fish House site, which is a heritage building.
The staff report noted that the building near Beach Avenue was built in the 1920s for golfers and tennis players.
Originally known as the Sports Pavilion, the building became the Third Beach Tea Room from 1949 to 1974. From 1974 to 1990, it was the Beach House restaurant.
SilverBirch Hotels ran the place from 1990 to the fall of 2015 as the Fish House.