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#1 Rob Randall

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:20 PM

A community meeting hosted by the DRA will be held regarding a pub rezoning for 1022 Government (former Christmas store at Government and Fort).

The proponent wishes to transfer an existing 334-seat cabaret license for the Boom Boom Room on Wharf below the Wharfside restaurant over to this new pub (no new seats would be created).

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 29 at 2 p.m. at the Silver Threads Centre, 1728 Douglas St. across from the old Bay building. The building is currently zoned for retail. Sidewalk seating is also part of the proposal. All members of the public are invited to attend this meeting.

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#2 Galvanized

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:29 PM

What will happen to the Boom Boom room space and his planned music venue?

#3 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:39 PM

What will happen to the Boom Boom room space and his planned music venue?


He could go for a food-primary (restaurant) license.

#4 Galvanized

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:49 PM

If he does that he'll have the same problems as Jellyfish with cops telling people to sit down. :D

#5 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 04:54 PM

If he does that he'll have the same problems as Jellyfish with cops telling people to sit down. :D


The cops just go straight to the Taser now, no talking first, from what I understand.

#6 G-Man

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 05:13 PM

^:eek:

#7 amor de cosmos

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:05 PM

^ that's not much of an exaggerration.

re: this thread i don't think there really needs to be another 'themed' pub but I would much rather have some more of those instead of those lame souvenier stores.

#8 gumgum

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:48 PM

There's no such thing as a pub that doesn't have a theme.

#9 aastra

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:56 PM

Even if you deliberately designed a pub with no theme, its theme would be its lack of theme.

#10 amor de cosmos

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:21 PM

alright then... whatever goes there will probably be better than any of those souvenier stores. except maybe that spirit of xmas store it's replacing, which actually had nice stuff. i don't think i ever bought anything there though.

#11 gumgum

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 08:34 PM

I''m surprised it kicked the bucked before the other one down the street.

#12 Rob Randall

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:55 PM

Thanks to those that came to the meeting. Everyone seemed to think the pub would be a good addition to the street and would add vibrancy night and day. The name of the pub will be "The Bard & Banker".

Here is an overhead view showing the main floor and mezzanine. You can also see a small back room on the left that leads to a small patio overlooking Langley St. The main entrance is on the right.


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#13 amor de cosmos

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 12:13 AM

looks good so far. hopefully it won't look as staged as irish times.

#14 G-Man

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

Why are they building so many secret chambers with no doors?

#15 Number Six

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 08:03 AM

my guess is because if they had doors they wouldn't be secret chambers. :-)

#16 Galvanized

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:19 PM

Those chambers to the bottom right in the picture is the elevator to the offices upstairs.

They are also applying for a small patio on Gov't St away from the building like in Europe.

The Boom Boom Room space will be no longer used unless someone tries to move the Steamers license there.

#17 Holden West

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 03:45 PM

Looks good. Can't wait to have a pint.
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#18 Mike K.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 03:56 PM

^hopefully a reasonably priced pint. Last time I was at Irish Times the pints were going for $7 or $8 each!

#19 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 05:09 PM

Looks good. Can't wait to have a pint.


Why wait? I've already had three, and dedicated them to the new place!

#20 gumgum

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 05:20 PM

This is going to be a great addition!
Is it too much to say Government St. is experience a renaissance? The new independent coffee shops, Salad Loop, 7-11, Irish Times, The new French bistro around the corner on Courtney, MEC, etc... All this within a short period of time!
Now all we need to do is shut central Government St. to vehicular traffic and we're set!

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