Goodbye onion rings, hotdogs and fudgsicles and hello spinach dip. The Parks Board has just approved a development proposal on English Bay that would replace the existing concession stand with a Cactus Club restaurant.
“The main concern that I had back then was a high-end restaurant and we didn’t want a suit and tie kind of restaurant, so affordability was the main concern that we had had,” said Jasper early Monday. But now, as chair of the Park Board, Jasper said he believed the Cactus Club will provide a suitably casual experience for locals.
“This proposal, this Cactus Club, while some might dispute it, fits into that range of affordability – yes, it’s not a McDonalds – but it’s not a Hy’s or a CinCins,” he said, referring to two high-end Vancouver restaurants. [CBC Vancouver]
I did a quick poll on Twitter last night and although the majority was opposed to the change, quite a few welcomed it.
“I’m with concession, but again I was never a customer of theirs. So maybe Cactus will do better,” said @jlate.
“Yes, Cactus. Parks Board needs the money and Cactus will do a great job,” added @KCITY.
Since this was just approved last night, I haven’t seen any proposed menu items or price points as of yet. The Cactus Club slated for English Bay will be tailoring their seaside menu to less expensive and take-out options though. There would be a main floor with inside and outside seating as well as a concession stand-type of outlet.
Cactus Club is a favourite dining establishment for Vancouverites with delicious menu items and special creations from Chef Rob Feenie. The concern for many though is – does this fit on the beach?
Construction will now begin around Labour Day with Cactus Club moving in for the summer of 2011.
Update August 2011 They are hosting a hiring fair for the English Bay location on August 25, 26, and 27, 2011.