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Waterfront restaurant buildings get mom and pop names

The Columbian
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Don and Jean Cain, parents of Gramor Development president Barry Cain, stand next to a dedication plaque on the newly named Jean Building at The Waterfront Vancouver. The Jean Building houses WildFin American Grill.
Don and Jean Cain, parents of Gramor Development president Barry Cain, stand next to a dedication plaque on the newly named Jean Building at The Waterfront Vancouver. The Jean Building houses WildFin American Grill. Gramor Development Photo Gallery

Gramor Development announced Monday that it will give official names to the two restaurant buildings that flank the Grant Street Pier at The Waterfront Vancouver. The buildings will be named The Don and The Jean in honor of the recent 70th wedding anniversary of Don and Jean Cain, parents of Gramor President Barry Cain.

The two buildings were among the first completed pieces of The Waterfront and made their debut in September during The Waterfront’s grand opening, but until now they’ve been identified only by the names of their respective restaurants or their Waterfront block numbers.

The eastern building, which sits on Block 9 and houses WildFin American Grill and The Daily Catch walk-up window, will be The Jean Building. The western building, which sits on Block 12 and is home to Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, Maryhill Winery and (soon) Barlow’s Public House, will be The Don Building.

Gramor also announced that Barlow’s, the long-awaited third tenant at the Don Building, has an opening date — or at least an opening weekend. The restaurant and brewpub will make its debut on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, according to building owner Gramor Development. More specific opening information will be posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page in the next two weeks.

The brewpub will include a self-serve beer, wine and cider wall where customers can pay by the ounce. Recent photos posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page show interior construction is nearly complete.

Barlow’s is on the second floor of the Don Building, 801 Waterfront Way, above Twigs Bistro, and is accessed via an entrance on the north side of the building between Twigs and Maryhill Winery. There’s also an exterior staircase on the east side of the building that leads to Barlow’s outdoor deck.

Barlow’s was announced as the tenant for the upstairs location in 2018 after the previous planned tenant, Ghost Runners Brewery, had to abandon its plans for a Waterfront expansion.

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