Long before craft beer was a thing, Lower Mainland entrepreneurs were building their own resto-pub empires. For your pleasure, nine chains that serve B.C. and beyond

 

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COMPANY: Joseph Richard Group

FOUNDED: 2010

OWNER(S): André (Joseph) Bourque and Ryan (Richard) Moreno

RESTO-PUBS: 13 (including two Alberta locations)

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 750

VIBE: New meets old with retrofits of character rooms

JOINT WE DIG: Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House, White Rock

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Watermelon mojito

POPULAR DISH(ES): Lettuce wraps

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Natalie Langston, Mijune Pak, Nathalie Rees

 

 

 

 

COMPANY: Donnelly Group

FOUNDED: 1999P.S. I Love You

OWNER(S): Jeff Donnelly and operating partners

RESTO-PUBS: 12 (including two Toronto locations)

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 500

VIBE: An English pub where everything works

JOINT WE DIG: The Blackbird Public House, Vancouver

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Driftwood Fat Tug IPA, P.S. I Love You (house take on Pimm’s Cup)

POPULAR DISH(ES): Currywurst prepared with Two Rivers Specialty Meats sausageCurry Wurst

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Kate Upton

 

 

 

COMPANY: Jennings Hospitality & Culture

FOUNDED: 1999

OWNER(S): Steve JenningsDrake

RESTO-PUBS: 7

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 150

VIBE: Neighbourhood spot for music buffs, sports fans and homesick Brits

JOINT WE DIG: London Pub, Vancouver

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): East Vancouver Brewing Co.’s Unleashed Lager

POPULAR DISH(ES): Slow-roasted beef dip

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Drake, Eric Mabius, Parker Posey, Gregor Robertson

 

 

 

Burger & FriesCOMPANY: Cambie Malone's corp.

FOUNDED: 1988

OWNER(S): Sam Yehia

RESTO-PUBS: 5 (including two Vancouver Island locations)

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 250+ (during peak season, including restaurants, hostels and liquor stores)

VIBE: Down-home and unpretentious, like Vancouver used to beTom Felton

JOINT WE DIG: Cambie Bar & Grill, Vancouver

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Local craft beer

POPULAR DISH(ES): Burger and fries

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Tom Felton, Vasek Pospisil, Patrick Warburton

 

 

 

COMPANY: Tap & Barrel RestaurantsFried Pickles

FOUNDED: 2012

OWNER(S): Daniel Frankel

RESTO-PUBS: 5

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 700

VIBE: Waterfront lounging on a grand and intimate scale

JOINT WE DKelly RipaIG: Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village, Vancouver

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Craft beer and premium wines, exclusive to B.C. products on tap

POPULAR DISH(ES): Famous fried pickles, Tap burger, pork belly and soft egg pizza

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Kelly Ripa, Justin Trudeau

 

 

 

COMPANY: Mahony & Sons

FOUNDED: 2006

OWNER(S): Mahony family

RESTO-PUBS: 4

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 300 (during peak season)Guinness

VIBE: Irish hospitality meets West Coast vistas

JOINT WE DIG: Mahony & Sons, Stamps Landing, Vancouver

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Guinness

POPULAR DISH(ES): Mahi-mahi tacos, Irish stew,
fish and chipsFish & Chips

CELEBRITY GUESTS: “We would prefer not
to say names as they come here to just have a quiet pint,” says Tina Schreiber, office and event manager at the Stamps Landing location

 

 

 

COMPANY: BierCraft Restaurants

FOUNDED: 2005

OWNER(S): Don Farion and Dean Mallel

RESTO-PUBS: 3

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 150

VIBE: A place where everybody knows your name–and their beer

JOINT WE DIG: BierCraft Bistro, VancouverMussels

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Belgian beer

POPULAR DISH(ES): Mussels

CELEBRITY GUESTS: “It’s Vancouver,” says operations manager David Daw. “Seeing actors in one of our restaurants is not uncommon”

 

 

 

COMPANY: Blueprint

FOUNDED: 1997

OWNER(S): Bill Kerasiotis, Chris Kerasiotis and Alvaro Prol

RESTO-PUBS: 3

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 500 (including nightclubs, liquor stores and event management)

VIBE: Reliable hangout with more warmth than its grey brick walls suggest

JOINT WE DIG: Colony Bar Main, VancouverRyan Reynolds

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Craft beer

POPULAR DISH(ES): Crispy chicken sandwich

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Ryan Reynolds

 

 

 

COMPANY: Samz Neighbourhood PubChicken Wings

FOUNDED: 1998

OWNER(S): Aly Sunderji and family

RESTO-PUBS: 3

EMPLOYEES (APPROX.): 125

VIBE: Honest watering hole gets an early start on happy hour

JOINT WE DIG: Samz Neighbourhood Pub, Port Coquitlam

POPULAR BEVERAGE(S): Draught beer

POPULAR DISH(ES): Chicken wings

CELEBRITY GUESTS: Vancouver Canucks players, Kim CoatesCanucks