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#21 spanky123

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 07:40 AM

I think the main challenge the Banquet is going to have is trying to staff the number of positions they need for a nearly 700 seat restaurant/pub. 


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#22 Matt R.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:37 AM

TFW’s. Places like Glowbal and Denny’s bring them in by the dozens. Front of house is usually no problemo.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 06:21 PM

While I appreciate the concept of providing more for customers to do than eat and drink, I can’t help but think this place will get old soon. Terrible food (as the concept is not food centred, massive seat capacity and based on the Fort Mac reviews), lots of loud drunk 20-30 year olds, and some crappy activity games. Hmm, I guess it’s for the kids that are nostalgic and looking for an adult version of Chuckie Cheese.
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#24 DustMagnet

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

Hmm, I guess it’s for the kids that are nostalgic and looking for an adult version of Chuckie Cheese.

 

So... birthday shootings then?  But it's Canada, so no one gets hit.



#25 Mike K.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 05:00 AM

The Games Room at the Wicket is wildly popular among the 19-30 crowd. People love to be in an upbeat atmosphere when going out for an evening and this place could have that magic sauce. If done right.

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#26 AllseeingEye

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 03:42 PM

I can't wrap my head around the exact location for this proposal: where is this expected to fit in the context of the current "Douglas Street frontage?"

 

To me the "Douglas Street" side of Uptown includes Noodle Box, the Chopped Leaf bistro, the Indian cuisine joint, H&M, Forever 21 etc., - where exactly is there sufficient space along "Douglas Street" for a 600+ seat venue and bowling lane?


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#27 spanky123

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:19 PM

^ Company also suggesting that location could be open in 5-6 months!

 

https://www.cheknews...saanich-593308/

 

Anyone know what the largest restaurant by seating capacity is in Victoria currently?



#28 Matt R.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:20 PM

Largest capacity? Gotta be the sticky wicket. Milestones inner harbour is pretty big, too.

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#29 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:24 PM

spaghetti factory a fair size.  even frankies now with patio.

 

but nothing closer to these uptown numbers.


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#30 Matt R.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:31 PM

Sticky Wicket is probably bigger than that.

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#31 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:37 PM

Sticky Wicket is probably bigger than that.

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oh it is.  but only ~45 fit in their "family dining" area in the southwest corner of the building at main floor.  they don't let kids in the other 1400 seats (roof.  2-level games room.  nightclub.  big bads.  clubhouse.  or horseshoe bar area).


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#32 Matt R.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:47 PM

Milestones about 400 incl. the deck, wicket is about 850 not including the night club or BBJ.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:09 PM

spaghetti factory a fair size.  even frankies now with patio.

 

but nothing closer to these uptown numbers.

 

The OSF shows online as seating 200.


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#34 AllseeingEye

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:17 PM

So getting back to my question :) about where this place is supposed to be located it appears from this image I stole from a local FB governance group it must be on the second or third level on the Douglas Street side of the mall:

 

 

 

 

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#35 LJ

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:16 PM

A bowling alley above some other tenant? I'm not sure I would like to be the downstairs tenant.


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#36 AllseeingEye

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:13 PM

That would also place it if not immediately adjacent to then in very close proximity to the Babcock Systems office; and again, if I'm them giving a preso to a high profile government or private sector customer, or have high end systems staff trying to focus on complex marine engineering issues, not sure a 600-seat pub or the continuous cacophony from a bowling alley will do much for productivity. How sound proof can one make a bowling alley?



#37 Mike K.

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:45 AM

Babcock is in a completely separate building with its footprint starting 100 meters from the unit Banquet is eyeing. It would be the same building Browns is in.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:15 AM

That would also place it if not immediately adjacent to then in very close proximity to the Babcock Systems office; and again, if I'm them giving a preso to a high profile government or private sector customer, or have high end systems staff trying to focus on complex marine engineering issues, not sure a 600-seat pub or the continuous cacophony from a bowling alley will do much for productivity. How sound proof can one make a bowling alley?

 

One of the most bizarre experiences I had when I visited Sendai in Japan was 10-pin bowling on the 8th floor of an office building. Not sure how the tenants below felt!

 

Babcock is in a completely separate building with its footprint starting 100 meters from the unit Banquet is eyeing. It would be the same building Browns is in.

 

Browns is in Unit 109 of 3680 Uptown Blvd, whereas The Banquet is in Unit 207 of 3500 Uptown Blvd. Based on the site plan, I assume they're above the parkade entrance and Laura, with the bowling above Flavour on the back side. If you look at the aerial on Google Maps, you can also see the rooftop play area for Kids & Co daycare on the south side of this building.

 

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#39 Mike K.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:17 AM

Right, Babcock is in the same building Browns is in. I could have worded my post much better.

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#40 shoeflack

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:50 AM

If anyone ran the TC10K this year, they hosted their Race Expo in the space that Jackerbie has highlighted. Quite a large empty space currently.



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