DINER: A Sneak Peek Inside Mark Brand’s Soon To Open “Portside” At 7 Alexander St.
by Andrew Morrison | As we reported last week, Mark Brand (of Save On Meats, Boneta, The Diamond, et cetera) has picked up the old Post Modern space at 7 Alexander in Gastown (next to Chill Winston) with plans to turn it into a three-level pub and live music venue called Portside.
Start looking forward to a three level, 24 tap craft beer bar and live music venue called Portside. It will see some 120 seats and a standing capacity for about 240 people, with a pronounced Halifaxian – er, Haligonian – vibe (the managerial staff being east coast ex-pats). It will be managed by Newfoundland import Andrew Flynn, most recently of Chinatown’s East of Main. Brand says his ultimate goal with the place is to make it “the friendliest pub in Vancouver”.
Though Portside will be a liquor primary establishment, they will operate a food program; a charming, Dan Climan-designed kiosk that trades server-dispensed tokens for hot dogs, dim sum, and pulled pork sandwiches. (“Basically” Brand enthused, “you’re at Coney island.”) I only had a few minutes to take a look yesterday afternoon, but as you can see from the shots above, they’ve already really done a number on the joint. Expect a more in-depth look next week when things are a little closer to opening day, which is coming a lot sooner than I think even Brand et al anticipated…
Andrew Morrison lives and works in Vancouver as editor-in-chief of Scout, and National Referee & Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships. He also contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and television shows on local food, culture and travel; collects inexpensive things; and enjoys rare birds, skateboards, cocktails, shoes, good pastas, many songs, and the smell of camp fires.