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Barlow’s closes its Waterfront Vancouver location

It will be replaced by Waterfront Taphouse, set to open by summer

By , Columbian Innovation Editor
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Barlow’s Public House at The Waterfront Vancouver has announced it closed permanently over the weekend, and a new restaurant called The Waterfront Taphouse is due to open in the spot as soon as late spring.

The Waterfront Taphouse is owned by Five Spice Restaurant Group, which owns and operates four restaurants in Oregon. Its most recent restaurant, called The Murrayhill Taphouse in Beaverton, Ore., has a similar look and feel to the upcoming The Waterfront Taphouse, according to Jeff Skeele, CEO at Five Spice Restaurant Group.

The new restaurant will go into the 5,613-square-foot eating space in the upper floor of The Don Building, 801 Waterfront Way, where Barlow’s had been since opening on Labor Day weekend in 2019.

The food will be a little more upscale than you’d see in a brewpub or taphouse but also attempt to hit a broad demographic and be family-centered, as well. The company won’t brew its own beer, but it will offer a wide variety of local beers.

The self-serve tap wall in Barlow’s will not be included in The Waterfront Taphouse, Skeele said.

“We’re moving very, very fast to get us open in summer,” Skeele said. “Mid-May is optimistic, but hope to open in June.”

Barry Cain, the president of Gramor Development, which leads The Waterfront Vancouver’s development, owns Five Spice Restaurant Group. He will co-own The Waterfront Taphouse with his brother, Terry Cain.

Barlow’s co-owner Brian Rummer told The Columbian that the main reason for closing was to move closer to family in Texas and Louisiana with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

Barlow’s second location, where brewers make beer, at 705 S.E. Park Crest Ave., is not part of The Waterfront Taphouse deal.

“The brewery will remain in operation and will still work with the new waterfront taphouse but I am exploring potential partnerships and or investors currently,” Rummer wrote in an email to The Columbian. “We made some lifelong friends here and will enjoy bringing our daughter back to show her where she was born.”

Next door to The Waterfront Taphouse, Willamette Valley Vineyards has started tenant improvements, Cain said. The Salem, Ore.-based winery plans to open a tasting room later this year.

This story has been updated to include comments from Barlow’s co-owner Brian Rummer.

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