Restaurateur Mark Brand Picks Up Landmark “Save On Meats”


Mark Brand, co-owner of Boneta, The Diamond, Sea Monstr Sushi and Shark + Hammers, has secured a lease on the building that has housed the iconic Save On Meats at 43 West Hastings for over half a century. Possession comes in July. Brand has food related plans for every floor, as well as a restaurant at street level. Will the glorious, towering neon sign stay with its smiling pigs and dollar signs? About 2 million people hope so…
More details soon. I’m going prawn fishing…

12 Responses to “Restaurateur Mark Brand Picks Up Landmark “Save On Meats””

  1. chris on May 8th, 2010 9:10 am

    Please Mark- Keep the sign. As a life long Vancouver resident, it is sad to see my city remove it’s history over and over again. This sign is a big part of what Vancouver was – it would be very said if it would no longer exist

  2. Conrad Yablonski on May 8th, 2010 9:47 am

    There goes the neighbourhood………

  3. RTM on May 8th, 2010 9:53 am

    I hope Mark decides to keep the signage, but more importantly I hope he re-establishes the quality inexpensive butcher shop that was so important to the people in the community! The city has a serious lack of good butchers, so bringing back Save On Meats in it’s original form would be a smart, community conscious decision!

  4. chris on May 8th, 2010 11:38 am

    In addition, I hope the butcher shop comes back.I used to go there once a week and by stuff for my lunch and it came to around 1.50/day when I broke down the numbers. It needs to stay a place for low income residents in the neighborhood. I appreciate what Mark has done for the Gastown revitalization- but save on meats is a place for the community and it needs to stay as such.
    Mark – please keep it the way it was…………….

  5. sean bone on May 10th, 2010 8:38 pm


  6. sean bone on May 10th, 2010 8:40 pm

    I agree the butcher shop as it was is a must. Once again Mark your socking all of us!

  7. Jeff Curry on May 10th, 2010 11:30 pm

    Turn it into a Vegetarian Restaurant.

  8. Jeff Curry on May 10th, 2010 11:32 pm

    ‘Save Meat’

  9. 604 on May 13th, 2010 9:29 pm

    Jeff you are ridiculous.
    Don’t mess with original neon! That pig loves to ham it up where he is, please leave him be!

  10. Bob on May 28th, 2010 4:35 pm

    Common….Are you kidding! Another Mark Brand restaurant. Sean Heather may as well open in the same building and we’ll have a true gastown party. Maybe they can get a bartender from chambar, cook from boneta, cook from Bao Bei, ex sous chef of lumeire and an ex owner of Chill winston and open a place there too. Seems to be the trend.

    An 8 million dollar Cactus club next door and lets rock!! Go Vancouver…….

  11. Flanneurific on May 29th, 2010 7:11 am

    Hey, Bob. You know the old adage; The family that Fucks together, Stays together.

  12. Gastown on December 15th, 2010 11:33 am

    Looking forward to seeing how Mark re-invents this space. Mean time anybody looking for inexpensive meat and great service needs to head a few blocks east to PAY-LESS MEATS at Powell and Jackson. Owner is really nice guy. Was a banker in Korea before moving here and taking over Pay-Less Meats. I’ve shopped there for years, more often then Save on Meats. But I would occasionally buy at Save on Meats too if I was eating at the lunch counter or picking up other grocery items.