Floating the future of WareHouse 23

first_imgTwo weeks ago, WareHouse ’23 made its first official expansion.With “some paint and some labor” and flourishes of reclaimed wood, owner Mark Matthias said, they rebuilt some event spaces at the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. The renovation took about four days of work and cost $10,000.“Let’s say it looked extremely tired,” he said.Matthias said the work was worth it. WareHouse ’23 has been thriving since it opened in July 2016, which Matthias ascribes to a waterfront view, a good menu and a sea change in Vancouver’s restaurant scene.Even with the successes, looming development at the waterfront means the restaurant can’t get too comfortable.“The outside hasn’t changed a lot because at some point you have to quit throwing dollars at a building we all know is going to go away, down the road,” he said.When the Port of Vancouver eventually starts its mixed-use waterfront project, Terminal 1, it will likely replace the building and could put the restaurant on hiatus for months. But Matthias said they will cross that bridge when they get to it.Quay to successWareHouse ’23’s recent expansion was made official less than two weeks ago, when it amended its lease with the Port of Vancouver. It pays more rent now, but it added event space.last_img read more