Iconic Vancouver watering hole formerly known as the Railway Club up for sale at $499,000

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      The storied Vancouver live-music venue once called the Railway Club is up for sale, again.

      The listing has an asking price of $499,000.

      The Straight has covered the much-loved establishment, now known as the Railway Stage & Beer Café, through the years.

      The club has occupied its 579 Dunsmuir Street spot since 1931.

      The Railway Stage & Beer Café is one of many locations operated by the Donnelly Group.

      On its website, the hospitality group describes the downtown club as an “historic beacon for the Pacific Northwest music scene”.

      The Tragically Hip, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan are a few of many Canadian artists who have performed at the venue.

      The club started as an after-work watering hole for railway workers employed at the CPR Station on Seymour Street.

      The place was purchased by former NDP MLA Bob Williams in 1980.

      Williams’ family ran the then Railway Club until 2008, when it was bought by Steve Silman.

      Silman put the joint up for sale in 2015.

      The place closed in 2016, and reopened the following year.

      “Rescuing the lease after then-owner Steve Silverman failed to sell the business, the Donnelly Group—proprietors of local bars such as the Lamplighter, Library Square, and Tavern—have completed its renovations on the location,” the Straight reported in 2017.

      A listing on the site of Restaurant Business Broker states that the business sale comes with a liquor licence for 156 seats, plus a rooftop patio with 40 seats.

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