Soon you’ll have another Starbucks drive thru that you can idle in while you wait for the person in front of you to receive their Venti, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, no foam, extra hot, white chocolate mocha with light whip and extra syrup. The coffee chain recently submitted a development permit application to the city asking for permission to renovate the former Carl’s Jr. location on Harvey that closed in autumn 2016, and has sat vacant since.
Tree Brewing is moving its production facilities (not the brew pub’s facilities on Water St.) to Vancouver in an initiative with Big Rock Brewing, but you Hopheads need not worry, they promise that in terms of recipes and quality “nothing will change”. Big Rock Brewery and Fireweed Brewing – the parent company of Tree Brewing, as well as Dukes Cider and Shaftebury Brewing – have a joint venture agreement to jointly run and brew at Big Rock’s Vancouver facility, which is currently being renovated to include a canning line and new equipment to increase brewing capacity to 26,000 hectolitres. A separate contract agreement will see Tree brands brewed at Big Rock’s Calgary plant for the Alberta market. Calgary’s Big Rock has a brewery and eatery in Vancouver so this resource-sharing plan obviously benefits them both in the competitive “craft” beer market.
The beloved Kelowna charcuterie boite, Salted Brick went under new ownership last September and it has now gone through a bit of a remodel and been relaunched as Salt & Brick. We just wrote a post on the relaunch and some upcoming opening festivities. And wait there’s more, their sister restaurant Bacaro is about to undergo an even bigger conceptual rebrand: as Jacks Pizza and Liquor – stay tuned for deets!