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Industry News


October 2017

 


Popular all-day breakfast eatery secures new location on East Hastings

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 September 2017

 

Small, local retail key for Vancouver's new "indie zone"

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Anger brewing over Stanley Park's new tenant

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Hooters in Hong Kong sees figures go pear-shaped as landlord demands HK$ million in unpaid rent

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August 2017 

 


B.C. NDP abandons 2021 deadline to reach $15 minimum wage

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Making peace with "selling out" 

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Hurricane Grill in North Vancouver closes after 14 years of operation

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How Elizabeth Blau built a restaurant for some of the World's richest in Vancouver

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B.C. to raise minmum wage by 50 cents an hour

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The Very Best Cocktail Bars In Vancouver

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July 2017

 


Kelowna's new CRAFT beer Market will open in early 2018

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With a prime beachside location, Vancouver seafood restaurant Hook Seabar opens at English Bay

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Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent opening of Hook Seabar Restaurant at English Bay. The new restaurant is located at the long running establishment Milestone at 1210 Denman Street. This is the second time that Vancouver Restaurant Brokers have represented Michael Gayman with purchasing of this restaurant in Vancouver, and are sure he will be a great success. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the buyer in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions about this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604-396-2074.


Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are pleased to announce the opening of Poke Time in the Royal Centre at 1055 W. Georgia right next to the Starbucks. This is the second instalment to the Poke Time operation for husband and wife duo Johnny Ung and Sandra Kwon, we know they will have just as much success as they did with their first store on Robson. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the Buyer in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions about this transaction please contact Jordan Farnsworth at 604-761-8657.



 

"Mission Kits" Preparing to introduce a new look and menu concept on July 13th

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Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are pleased to announce the recent sale of Dosanko that will provide Japanese comfort food to the ever-expanding Railtown area, located at 566 Powell Street. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the Buyer in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction please contact 
Jordan Farnsworth at 604-761-8657

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are pleased to announce the recent opening of Innocent Ice Cream Sandwiches located at 4895 Main St.  Which will be Asacia Biln first brix and mortar operation.  Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the Buyer in this transaction.


If you have any questions on this transaction please contact 
Jordan Farnsworth at 604-761-8657

 


Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent opening of The Ellis. The new Kitsilano restaurant is located at 2204 York Avenue, Vancouver. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the seller in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.


June 2017

 

 

Vancouver restaurants may have to list alcohol percentages on menu

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Plan to close Granville Street bars early put on hold

Clubs in the entertainment district were set to restrict entry to 2 a.m. beginning July 1 

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Strathcona BIA wants to make East Hastings the city's most walkable street by 2021

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Gastown's beloved Chill Winston is saying goodbye and this summer is your last chance to go

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Shane Morck, Principal at Vancouver Restaurant Brokers interview with Global News Vancouver 

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Shane Morck, Principal at Vancouver Restaurant Brokers interview with CTVNews Vancouver 

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Starbucks extends alcohol sales to Vancouver store

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May 2017

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent opening of Fayuca. Ernesto Gomez joined forces with Mexican chef/restaurateur Jair Tellez and launch a Northern Pacific Mexican eatery. The new Fayuca restaurant is located at the old, 3,500 sq ft Hamilton Street Grill location at 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the buyer in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.

 


How a $15 minimum wage could impact B.C.'s economy

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10 unusual dining experiences in British Columbia

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Is No. 1 Gaoler's Mews going to transform dining in Vancouver?

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More closures in Vancouver's West End: Hub Restaurant Denman, Upper Deck pizzeria, Maple Leaf Bakery

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Guinness is vegan now

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Chefs Table, Meat Festival, New Brunch Menu, BC Wine Event and More.

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April 2017

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent opening of Big Greek. The new Big Greek restaurant opened on April 10th at 980 Granville Street, Vancouver. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers handled the lease in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent sale of Assembli. The new Assembli restaurant is located at 2325 Cambie Street & 7th Avenue, previously a third location of Hubbub sandwiches. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the seller and the buyer in this transaction. 

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.

 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the recent sale of Sunset Grill on First Avenue and York Avenue in Kitsilano. Sunset Grill had been owned by the same group for over 28 years. Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the seller’s in this transaction.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.

 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are happy to announce the successful sale of UYU Ice Cream in Gastown at 433 Abbott Street. Owner and successful serial restauranteur Namgil Lee will be putting his expertise to another up and coming venture that’s sure to knock it out of the park again. We will be sad to see UYU Ice Cream go! Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the seller in this transaction.

 

For any questions, please contact 
Bruce Lee at 604 761 6638.

 


Announcing Our 2017 Restaurant Awards Winners!

 

After 12 months of dining out, the results are in! Our judges tell you the dishes, the rooms and the chefs you need to visit this year. 

 

It’s finally here! Our 2017 Restaurant Awards celebrate the hottest new rooms, the top chefs and most creative menus in the city. Plus, the coveted title of Restaurant of the Year. Hope you’re hungry.

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Chefs on the move: Stefan Hartmann, Jonathan Chovancek take on new, noteworthy roles in hot Vancouver restaurants

 

Chefs change restaurants all the time, but a couple of recent moves stand out.  

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75 cheap eats in Metro Vancouver (with map)

 

An ouchless meal — that is, one that doesn’t hurt when you pay — is part of what makes this city so great. 
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Tryouts underway for Restaurant Rumble boxing fundraiser

 

Annual charity punch-up is now in its sixth year. Fighters raise money to help at-risk youth at Eastside Boxing club.
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The Three-Minute Guide to Vancouver's Restaurants and Neighbourhoods

 

What you need to know for a quick trip. 
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B. C. Liberals and Vancouver clash over natual gas restrictions

 

City says buildings are Vancouver's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions

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The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Vancouver

 

Find everything from upscale delis to back-alley taco shops in this bustling Canadian City.
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Baccano

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are glad to announce the sale of Baccano Restaurant on First Avenue and Cypress Street. Baccano was 1,900 sq/ft restaurant with one of the best patios in Kitsilano. VRB were the listing brokers in the sale Baccano and are happy to have worked with Colliers to finalise the deal.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604-396-2074

 

Mukja

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are happy to announce the up and coming Mukja Golmok at 3211 W. Broadway. Mukja will be Jic Kim’s first foray into the restaurant business in Vancouver. After having much success in India, Jic hopes to bring the latest cheese-infused craze from Korea to the Vancouver restaurant scene. Cheeselovers you’re going to want to check them out! Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the buyer in this transaction.

 

For any questions, please contact 
Bruce Lee at 604 761 6638

back and forth

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are happy to announce the recent tenant representation for Regan Truong. Regan recently completed the renovation at 303 Columbia Street (with over 4,000 sq/ft and a liquor primary license of 180 people) and has opened Back and Forth. This is a concept of ping pong tables, gaming, lounging and bar in the Gastown area. With Regan’s vast knowledge of the food and beverage industry and his previous work experience opening Donnelly locations, we are sure Regan will have much success.

 

If you have any questions on this transaction, please call 
Shane Morck at 604-396-2074.


March 2017

 

Bell and Rogers will soon ask sports bars to pay more for the right to broadcast big games, on top of what they pay for their existing television service.  

 

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February 2017

 

British Columbia’s balanced budget will put nearly $1 billion back in consumer pockets, which gives people more money to spend at restaurants.

 

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After years of resistance, Vancouver's casino scene is getting what promises to be a magnificent makeover. With construction nearing completion, we're getting excited for Parq Vancouver opening this Fall. Featuring five restaurants and three lounges, this will be like nothing else Vancouver has ever seen!

 

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Top Sommeliers at the helm of Cactus Club, Joey and Earls wine programs as chain restaurants continue to up their wine game. Great news for customers.  

 

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 Vancouver Restaurant Brokers is happy to announce the purchase of “Hamilton Street Grill” a restaurant with a 17 year history of serving locals in Yaletown. 

 

Hamilton Street Grill will be the home for yet another Ernest Gomez (an owner of Vancouver staple, NUBA) restaurant concept. Ernesto is not only bringing to Yaletown a taste of Northern Mexico, but also a chef from the region. These two are looking to mix things up a little in this restaurant hub of Vancouver.

  

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented the Buyer in this transaction. For any questions please contact Shane Morck at 604 396 2074

 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are happy to announce the sale of John Blakely’s restaurant “Bistro Pastis”, a landmark on Kitsilano's West 4th Avenue.

 

Bistro Pastis Restaurant will be Stefan Langford’s first restaurant, and we believe buying a success story like Bistro Pastis was a great first step. Stefan plans on keeping all of the traditions of its predecessor but with a few small updates of his own. The guests who have patronized Bistro Pastis for the last 17 years, will not be disappointed.  

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented both the buyer and the seller in this transaction. For any questions please contact Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.

 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers is happy to announce the arrival of JUKE to 182 Keefer Street in Chinatown.

 

JUKE will be a fully licenced fried chicken and rib joint lead by the talented team of Justin Tisdall (ex-Chambar), Cord Jarvie (Meat & Bread), and Bryan Satterford (Hawksworth). We are sure the creation from this amazing team will be something to remember. 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represent the Tenant in this transaction. For any questions please contact Shane Morck at 604 396 2074.


26 July 2016 


Block rebranding aimed at promoting neighbourhood cachet

From Fraserhood to Crosstown to Port Town, new Metro Vancouver neighbourhood identities are generating opportunities and controversy as demographics and business focuses change


Elsie Born and her parents wanted to open their bakery somewhere fun, not too crowded, “where kids could meet grandma for lunch.”

 

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Aloha!

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers are pleased to announce the arrival of THE POKE GUY to the Vancouver food scene in the Downtown core at 420 Richards Street.

 

Move over sashimi there’s a new fish in town. Angela Quan, who has roots in Hawaii, is ready to bring you this island inspired dish. This Hawaiian staple is set for its moment in the Vancouver sun bringing pre-set creations along with customizable Poke bowls.

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers were proud to have represented the Buyer in this transaction.  If you have any questions please contact Jordan Farnsworth at 604-761-8657 

  



The team at Vancouver Restaurant Brokers is glad to announce the sale of ROLANDS ON FOURTH in Kitsilano. We were excited to work with the CBRE Limited Urban Retail Team while they represented TURF.

 

TURF will be a fun space that provids a mix of healthy food & beverage along with a work-out area.

This should be a great addition to the Kitsilano area with its affluent locals, restaurants, and yoga studios.

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers were pleased to represent the Landlord and previous business owner in this transaction. For further questions please call Shane at 604-396-2074 


 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers is pleased to announce the purchase of THE MORRISSEY at 1227 Granville Street by Jennings Hospitality & Culture.

 

This is the sixth pub they have added to their portfolio of pubs in Vancouver - all of which include London Bull (Chinatown), Two Lions (North Shore), Manchester (Broadway), Narrows (North Shore), and Stateside Craft (Commercial Drive). The Morrissey is certainly a great addition to the Jenning's Hospitality & Culture group of pubs. 

 

Vancouver Restaurant Brokers represented Jennings Hospitality & Culture in this transaction.  

If you have any questions please call Shane Morck at 604.396.2074.



In a massive mahalo to tuna, North America is going poke crazy. (The raw fish salad is pronounced po-kay but the Hawaiians don’t spell it with an acute over the e.)

 

I’m not just talking  poke as an item on a menu, I’m talking places dedicated to poke. Let’s see, in Vancouver’s there’s Pokeritto on Dunsmuir Street; Poke Time on Robson; Ohana Poke at the Richmond Night Market and Poke Guy is opening soon on Richards Street, as is Pacific Poke in Chinatown. 

 

At White Rock’s Islands Cafe, which has an emphasis on poke and acai bowls, owner Robb Harding (who spent eight years in Oahu learning to surf and build boards) brings a little more of Hawaii to the beachside city, with Hawaiian coffee, surfboards, surf movies and surfer art for sale.

 

A cancer survivor, Harding says: “Cancer taught me to go for it. I want people here to have a place to hang, to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a taste of Hawaii. I just feel like this needed to happen.”


20 July 2016 


Part One of this series: 

Soaring Alberni rents squeeze restaurants along Luxury Row

Restaurant owners along Vancouver’s Alberni Street strip fear for their survival as lease rates soar and luxury tenants show that they can pay inflated rents.


Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant owners were forced to close their decades-old sushi restaurant at the corner of Alberni and Burrard streets earlier this year and move to 1066 Hastings Street.

 

Kamei’s landlord, the Burrard Group, had approved Tiffany & Co.’s request to expand its jewelry store into what was Kamei’s second-level space.

 

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March 2016

 

 

Liquor policies drive deals

Shane Morck, Principal at Vancouver Restaurant Brokers interview with The Georgia Straight

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Policy Announcements

  City of Vancouver Liquor Policy Updates 06-14-2017

Information notice outlining the liquor policy changes adopted by Council on June 14, 2017, and dates on which policies and by-laws are expected to come into effect.

  Province of BC Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council No. 686 Franchises Regulation - 10-03-16

Province of BC Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council No. 686 Franchises Regulation. Franchises Act is brought into force and the attached Franchises Regulation is made effective February 1, 2017.

  Special events at liquor primary clubs Policy Directive 17 - 02

Effective Immediately: Policy changes regarding special events at liquor primary clubs, new signing authority for branch forms, new reporting requirement for societies and public corporations and new manufacturer location criteria.

  Province of BC Wine Store Terms and Conditions 2017-01

This handbook outlines the requirements of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, Regulations and terms and conditions that relate to owners of wine stores. Onsite stores (stores located at the same site as a winery, distillery or brewery) are dealt with in the Manufacturer Terms and Conditions Handbook. It is the responsibility of the licensee to be aware of and to operate in compliance with these rules.

  Updated Alcohol Sense Materials Policy Directive 17 - 01

Updated Alocohol Sense Materials. The mandatory display program requires licensees and liquor retailers to display social responsibility material provided by government, in a prominent location in their establishments. The latest materials, developed in consultation with the both government and industry representatives, have been developed with a focus on promoting moderation.

 

Addition information on Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines is available on the Alochol Sense website: https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/topic/alcohol-sense

  Compliance and Enforcement Policy Changes Policy Directive 16 - 19

A licensee may be permitted to choose one of either penalty (monetary penalty or licence suspension) if:


• it is the first contravention of a licence or authorization for the 12-month period preceding the contravention,

• the minimum of either penalty (monetary penalty or suspension) prescribed in the penalty schedule is suitable, and

• they sign a waiver agreeing the contravention occurred.


The general manager may determine in certain cases that a choice of penalty is not appropriate.

  Special Event Policy Changes Policy Directive 16 -18

Businesses can now also apply for a Special Event Permit (SEP) to raise funds for charity. An SEP must not be issued for the primary purpose of making a profit unless the funds raised go to a charitable purpose.


The general manager has established a cost-recovery price list for the sale of liquor to ensure organizers can cover their costs. If drinks are charged above the cost-recovery price list, all profits must go to a charitable purpose.

  Manufacturer licence and agent licence policy changes Policy Directive 16 -17

Manufacturer licensees:


Licensed B.C. manufacturers no longer require a separate agent licence as they are now permitted to promote and market their products off-site under their basic manufacturing licence. Manufacturers who hire others to market and promote their products on their behalf are responsible for providing them with identification, and for ensuring they follow the terms and conditions of the manufacturer licence.

  Liquor Primary Policy Changes Policy Directive 16 - 16

Liquor primaries can now relocate anywhere in the province, but they are still subject to a local government/First Nation community input process for the new location. A liquor primary with an off-sales endorsement can only keep the endorsement if the new location complies with the off-sales distance criteria of being 30 km from the nearest liquor retail outlet.

  Food primary licence and catering licence policy changes Policy Directive 16 - 15

Guests at hotels with a liquor primary or food primary, as well as anyone who accompanies a guest to their room, can take unfinished alcoholic beverages from the bar or restaurant to their room to drink, as long as they take a direct route. If the guest’s room is in a separate building from the bar or restaurant but on the same property, patrons can take unfinished alcoholic beverages to their room as long as they take a direct route and don’t leave the hotel’s property. A guest can also drink an unfinished alcoholic beverage that was purchased from the bar or restaurant while walking to their room. Licensees must not permit a patron to take unfinished alcoholic beverages to their room if the person is intoxicated.

  General policy changes for all licensees and additional policy changes for UBrews/UVins and Licensee Retail Stores Policy Directive 16-14

The new owner of the business is legally considered to be the licensee when a complete transfer application is received and the branch sends a notification to confirm. The new owner is liable for any contraventions of the Act, Regulation or terms and conditions at the establishment until the branch decides whether to approve or deny the licence transfer.

  Online sales and delivery permissions Policy Directive No 16 - 13

This policy directive clarifies current policy around delivery from licensed establishments and establishes new policy with regard to online sales.

  RELOCATION GUIDE: Food Primary (LCLB 096)

If you are changing the location of your business, use the relocation form appropriate to your licence. The processing time is three to six months, depending on requirements for local government/First Nations.  

 

This includes relocating your wine store or licensee retail store to within a grocery store. Please note that winery-owned or sacramental wine stores are not eligible to relocate into a grocery store.

  RELOCATION GUIDE: Liquor primary/liquor primary club (LCLB095)

If you are changing the location of your business, use the relocation form appropriate to your licence. The processing time is three to six months, depending on requirements for local government/First Nations.  

 

This includes relocating your wine store or licensee retail store to within a grocery store. Please note that winery-owned or sacramental wine stores are not eligible to relocate into a grocery store.

 

Lease and zoning requirements for Licensee Retail Store (LRS) Relocations Policy Direction No. 16 - 12

  Allow food primary and liquor primary licences to have no interior licensed area for patrons Policy Directive 16 - 11

Effective September 8, 2016, eligibility for food primaries and liquor primaries has been expanded to allow applicants to apply for a food primary or liquor primary with no interior licensed area for patrons. The licensed area for patrons may be contained in the outdoor patio area only.

  Coming Ban on Once-Through-Cooling Systems

 

The City of Vancouver will likely approve a new bylaw in October banning OTC cooling systems for walk-in refrigeration and HVAC units of 5 ton or greater capacity.

 

Owners and landlords are recommended to inspect leased and rented restaurant, bar and food preparation spaces in advance of the new bylaw's passage.

 

Areas of concern when inspecting tenant spaces are walk-in coolers, and under-counter bar fridges that have a pipe leaving the unit being either connected into sanitary or concealed in a drain.

 

It is unlikely you will find this sort of cooling system for fan coils or heat pumps in your buildings, unless there is a small office that is a far distance away from the chilled water distribution in a building.

 

If you find this sort of system, please advise your tenants that in 2017, they will need to replace their fridge or cooler with an air cooled system and to plan for it accordingly.

  Heads Up : NFPA 96 Venting and Hooding

The existing 2007 requirement for NFPA 96 standard compliant hooding, venting for restaurant and food vendors in Vancouver may be subject to more rigorous enforcement by the city this year and onward.

 

NFPA 96 provides preventive and operative fire safety requirements intended to reduce the potential fire hazard of both public and private commercial cooking operations.

Provisions cover hoods, grease removal devices, exhaust duct systems, fans, fire suppression systems, and clearance to combustibles.

 

Some operations in the city have not previously complied with this requirement, and will have to upgrade hooding, fire suppression systems and make up air.

  Relaxing Requirements for Liquor Primary and Food Primary applications

As of September 8 2016, Liquor Primary and Food Primary applications will be accepted for operators with no indoor seating, but who have only outdoor patio seating for patrons. The Department of red-tape reduction has substantially relaxed the licence application requirements - proving a significant improvement for food and beverage operations and business. However, app such applications must be attached to buildings with a foundation, plumbing and drainage, and the relaxed application requirements do not imply that operators can establish food and liquor serving patios not directly adjoined to a building with these requirements. 

 

"The patio(s) must adjoin a permanent structure that is affixed to a foundation, plumbed and wired which is associated with the licence, in which the licensee has valid interest. The patio perimeter must be suitably defined and bounded in order to control patron entry and exit. 

  Providing samples in a socially responsible manner Policy Directive 16 - 10

Sampling sizes for manufacturers on their manufacturing sites and at markets remain unchanged. Samples are a small amount intended to demonstrate what the product tastes like. The intention is not for full servings to be provided.

  Confiscation of identification, minimum pricing for off-premise sales, use of handcuff restraints by doorpersons Policy Directive 16 - 09

Effective immediately, the terms and conditions guides have been updated to clarify the ID checking requirements and to remove the suggestion that licensees should confiscate any patron’s identification.

 

 

  Liquor Control and Licensing Act: Section 45 Policy Directive 16 - 08

The purpose of this policy directive is to remind industry of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act prohibition on inducements.


Section 45 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act specifically prohibits a liquor supplier from offering or providing a benefit of any kind to a licensee as an inducement to promote its products, and specifically prohibits a licensee from receiving, requesting or accepting, directly or indirectly, a benefit of any kind for promoting a supplier’s products.

  Special Occasion Licensed (SOL) hobby brewer/vintner competitions Policy Directive 16 - 07

Amendments to the definition of “private special occasion licence” and section 15 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation now permit hobby brewers and vintners to obtain an SOL to hold a competition to showcase and judge beer, wine and cider that they have made.

  Room service hours extension Policy Directive 16 - 06

Previously, liquor could only be delivered by room service during the hours of operation of the hotel’s licensed establishment. Amendments to section 48 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation now permits liquor to be delivered to hotel guests by room service 24 hours a day (subject to local bylaws/zoning) as long as food is available for room service delivery (packaged snacks and convenience food do not satisfy this requirement).

  Extended Patio-Hours Pilot Program

Vancouver is continuing its extended patio-hours pilot program, which lets participating businesses operate their patios until 1 a.m. Historically, patios had to be closed by 11 p.m., but with the pilot’s success over the past two years, the option for select patios to stay open later may become permanent this summer. 


Your restaurant could serve patio customers until 1am daily if it has:

  • Insurance up to date
  • Fees paid in full
  • No patio noise complaints on file for the past 12 months
  • For establishments with a liquor licence, no restrictions on your liquor licence preventing extended hours

Visit City of Vancouver for application and details. 

  Independent Wine Stores Relocation to Grocery Stores: Policy Directive 16-05

Section 14.1 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation has been amended to limit independent wine store relocations to grocery stores to the “store within a store” model where all types of wine may be sold. These wine stores may no longer relocate to grocery stores to sell 100% BC wine on grocery store shelves.

  Minimum Liquor Pricing in Liquor Stores Policy Directive 16-04

Effective May 1, 2016 a new policy will come into effect imposing new minimum liquor prices in Licensee Retail Stores (LRS), Wine Stores and manufacturer on-site stores. The same policies will apply to BC Liquor Stores (i.e. LDB stores) and Rural Agency Stores.

 

  Change to BCVQA Stores Policy Directives 16 - 02 and 16 - 03

Special Wine Stores and Auction. New regulations have come into effect that provide for auctions to determine eligibility to apply for the special wine store licence and establish the new special wine store licence for the sale of 100% BC wine from grocery store shelves. Policy Directive 16-02.

 

New regulations have come into effect to amend the types of wine that may be sold in BCVQA stores. Policy Directive 16-03 

 

LCLB is holding a series of auctions starting in April and selling a total of 18 Special wine store licenses, to be sold to Grocery store owners in BC.

 

Both Directives are linked above for you to look at.  Here, you will also find a copy of the “Special Wine Store License Auction & Licence Application Process Information for Interested Parties” and the “Special Wine Store Licence Auction Terms and Conditions of Use”

  No More Redlined Areas for Food Primary Operations

The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch of the BC Government released on November 23, 2015 a directive for all Food Primary operators in BC.  They are relaxing all Lounge Endorsements and relaxing other restriction including naming requirements.  All redlined areas of a bar in a Food Primary operation will now cease to be separated from the restaurant seats and will all be included as one.  Minors no longer need to be accompanied by an adult to enter this previously redlined section of a restaurant; signage for the lounge area no longer need to be displayed; and the bar and restaurant will no longer be divided as two different areas for the patrons.


  Serving It Right Amendments Policy Directive 16 - 01

Effective immediately, new regulations provide an exemption from the SIR requirements for foreign representatives of foreign liquor manufacturers who serve liquor in BC. In addition, the regulations now require licensed agents and their sales staff to be Serving It Right (SIR) certified.