The iconic Bridges restaurant on Granville Island has been closed since September last year, after 41 years in operation.
The restaurant, which was bought by Tap & Barrel in 2018, has been undergoing renovations and rebranding in recent months, but the time has finally come to reopen to customers.
Tap & Barrel Bridges shared with Dished that its soft opening will take place on May 31.
“Bridges is a very special place for me; as such, I am emotionally invested in transforming this space into something very important and meaningful,” owner Daniel Frankel said in a 2021 statement.
“I’m part of its history, and now I can’t wait to be part of its future.”
Forty-one years ago, Frankel’s uncle, Michael Seelig, and his business partner opened Bridges.
Described at the time as a “dilapidated industrial site”, Frankel’s parents were longtime partners and investors in the establishment which eventually transformed from a “huge risk” into a culinary staple on the Granville Island.
“Tap & Barrel Bridges” will be a combination of Bridges heritage and Tap & Barrel ethos, but we’re told the iconic view, patio, and signature exterior color haven’t changed.
Stay tuned for a more detailed look at the new space next week!
Tap & Barrel Bridges
Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
With files from Hanna McLean and Daryn Wright.