Kelowna’s newest craft beer restaurant is set to open downtown on June 28th. Craft Beer Market, built on the former Paramount Theatre site on Bernard Avenue, will officially open its doors just in time for the Okanagan summer rush.
“We’re thrilled and excited to get the doors open finally,” said owner PJ L’Heureux.
The Paramount closed in March 2016. Five months later, construction crews entered the building to begin the transformation from theatre to restaurant.
“We really liked the ceiling height and we liked a lot of the character of the building. We’ve pulled a lot of that out,” said L’Heureux. “One of those is the … iconic sign you’ll see out front. We have some reclaimed wood as you walk in. We have some old theatre benches and some great pictures from the old Paramount.”
Restaurants and pubs in the Okanagan are usually packed in the summer months, and considering CRAFT is known for its solid lunches, dinners, happy hours, and late night offerings, this spot will likely be a popular addition to the scene here for both locals and visitors alike. Boasting one of the largest seating capacities in the Central Okanagan, there will be seating for 230 downstairs and 260 on the rooftop patio.
One of the biggest features is the expansive bar, with 112 taps downstairs and up, including a selection of Okanagan wines and ciders.
“Our approach to the craft scene is about approachability. Whatever you drink, we are good with. We will try and get you on that craft journey.”
While beer may be the main selling point, L’Heureux says there’s a lot more to Craft than beer.
“Our philosophy is around the food and how we present it, “he said. “We have a really great atmosphere.”
Executive chef Robert Jewell says the menu is inspired by global cuisine, while utilizing local ingredients.