Tap & Barrel Bridges officially opening soon on Granville Island

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.”


Frankel, 6 (Courtesy of Tap & Barrel)

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.


Faucet and courtesy barrel

“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.


Faucet and courtesy barrel

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.

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