Standing at the prow of the Grant Street Pier suspended above the Columbia River, Barry Cain took on an aura of a conductor facing the orchestra. Cain, the developer of The Waterfront Vancouver, relished the crescendo.
There, he says, that new building on the left is home to Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar. Next door, Maryhill Winery. Upstairs, Barlow’s Public House.
And there, the other building. That’s home to WildFin American Grill. Yes, the second floor is vacant. More on that later, he says. Stay tuned.
And across the fresh asphalt of Waterfront Way stands a veritable basso profundo section of buildings that will supply the people to keep the existing and planned restaurants and retailers hopping — three apartment buildings, a hotel and condominium complex and an office tower.
Cain, in a tour last week of the development, turned his attention to the amenities: a 7-acre park stretching a half-mile along the river that will include a water-flowing art installation and the V-shaped, cable-stayed pier beneath his feet.