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Ghost Runners Brewery joins Waterfront Vancouver

Brewpub to share Block 12 building with Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar

By , Columbian staff writer
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Ghost Runners Brewery will join WildFin American Grill and Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar as restaurants at the upcoming Waterfront Vancouver. The brewery was founded in 2012.
Ghost Runners Brewery will join WildFin American Grill and Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar as restaurants at the upcoming Waterfront Vancouver. The brewery was founded in 2012. (Courtesy of Gramor Development) Photo Gallery

A brewery and restaurant is the latest tenant moving to the The Waterfront Vancouver.

Ghost Runners Brewery, based in Vancouver, will open its brewpub at a new building that broke ground at the waterfront this week. It will be the company’s second location, but its first brewpub.

Ghost Runners had looked to open a restaurant space to complement the existing brewery, but nothing seemed to fit, owner and founder Jeff Seibel said. Moving to the waterfront, he said, is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“That whole area is going to change,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “It’s going to put Vancouver on the map and we’re stoked to be a part of it.”

The brewery joins five other businesses waiting to move to the Waterfront, a 32-acre stretch of land beside the Columbia River being developed at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.

Gramor Development, the Tualatin, Ore.-based firm leading the project, announced the deal with Ghost Runners Brewery Thursday. Gramor representatives said in a prepared statement the brewery aligned with its vision, particularly with a history of promoting running and an active lifestyle.

“We’re creating a unique urban destination unlike anything that exists in the Portland metro area and restaurants want to be a part of it,” said Barry Cain, president of Gramor.

Ghost Runners Brewery’s new location will be on the second floor of Block 12, in a building it will share with Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. The 10-barrel brewery will have 5,300 square feet of indoor restaurant space and a 1,200-square-foot outdoor deck.

The new building is set to open in 2018. It will flank the Grant Street Pier, a 90-foot pier stretching over the Columbia River; and border a 7.3-acre city park. Gramor said the building will evoke a boathouse feel, with horizontal rooflines and sliding glass doors that overlook the river.

Seibel, who founded Ghost Runners Brewery in an 8×10-foot shed in his backyard 2012, said he felt “humbled” by the company’s trajectory.

“I felt that people love great beer. My objective was always to make a great product,” he said. “The waterfront is going to let me give them the experience that I think they want: good beer, great food and a gathering spot.”

Other businesses waiting to move to the waterfront include M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, WildFin American Grill and Hotel Indigo.

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