Salt Building Gets a Tenant: Craft Beer Market
It was rumoured last week, but the lease has now been signed and it is official. Craft Beer Market from Calgary will be the tenant in the big red Salt Building in the Olympic Village.
See the tweet below from Vancouver Is Awesome:
— Vancouver Is Awesome (@VIAwesome) October 15, 2012
I am honestly surprised that the city was able to secure a tenant at this time. Tap and Barrel just had it’s official Grand Opening, and although it has been busy every time I have gone by I did not think that the neighbourhood was ready, population wise, for another large venue restaurant on top of Tap and Barrel, Terra Breads, the Urban Fare cafe and the Subway.
Also Craft Beer Market seems to be quite similar to Tap and Barrel in many ways. Obviously they focus on craft beers, as does Tap and the menu, although it seems a bit less creative than at Tap (see their menu here), runs in a similar vein. They will not enjoy the massive patio space and incredible views that Tap has, but should have much more inside seating and more of a heritage feel to the interior.
Craft Beer Market is from Calgary and there they advertise some special events such as Monthly Brewmasters Dinners and Craft Club Tuesdays where you can enjoy $2 off all craft beer.
Although I am excited to see the Salt Building find a tenant, and I enjoy craft beer, I worry about the viability of two similar restaurants so close together. What do you think?