January 7, 2016
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, has signed a lease with Columbia Waterfront LLC, as the first restaurant at Grant Street Pier at The Waterfront Vancouver, a significant announcement for the project to have a major restaurant signed. Since last November, when digging began on the new half-mile long waterfront park, The Waterfront along the Columbia River has become one of the largest mixed-use construction sites in the Pacific Northwest.
“Twigs, as a growing restaurant company, is the perfect first eatery tenant for this location, overlooking the Columbia River at Grant Street Pier,” said Gramor Development Inc.’s President Barry Cain. “This is a prime location for Twigs, which will overlook a cable-stay pier and open up to the bustling promenade and waterfront park, with expansive outdoor seating giving patrons a front row seat to the beautiful Columbia River. The structure will have a riverfront boathouse feel including modern lines and large sliding doors creating the perfect backdrop for Twigs to become a new favorite destination.”
Twigs will lease 8,320 square feet on the ground floor of Block 12, and will be one of a host of signature restaurants for both Blocks 9 and 12. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar is headquartered in Spokane, where they have opened four locations as well as restaurants at Bridgeport Village in Tigard, Oregon; Kennewick and Union Gap in Washington; Meridian, Idaho and Farmington, Utah. The Waterfront Vancouver site will be the 10th location for the expanding company.
“This location absolutely embraces the waterfront success we’ve built our brand upon,” said Twigs Vice President Trevor Blackwell. “Traditionally, we have opened up our 9 locations near water and in retail developments and malls, so this spot at the Waterfront gives us the opportunity to branch out, and to seize a unique opportunity in an unparalleled urban and south-facing location. The proximity of this location is the combination of all the right factors.”
In June, 2015, Gramor Development filed the pre-application for two buildings each to occupy Blocks 9 and 12, which will host multiple restaurants. Construction on Block 12 will begin in Spring, 2016. Twigs’ Blackwell estimates that restaurant will open in the Summer of 2017 as design and development of the new waterfront park is now underway. Russell Page Architects is developing preliminary design for the restaurant. Approximately 250,000 square feet will be dedicated to retail and mixed-use space, within the total at 5 million developable square feet.
Property infrastructure implementation such as underground utilities, sewers and electrical cabling has been completed. Street paving, streetlights, curbing, and overall surface readiness is also complete, with the extensions of Esther and Grant Streets. Columbia Way’s connection of Esther and Grant Streets is complete and opened in September, 2015. New and Neville acted as lease brokers for the Grant Street Pier restaurant. Property information can be found at http:// www.newneville.com/properties/the-waterfront-vancouver or by calling (503) 241-1222 or Gramor Development at (503) 245-1976. (http://www.gramor.com/)
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar is locally owned by Jeff Blackwell, and Trevor and Jayne Blackwell of QOL Restaurant Group who operate locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. Twigs is open daily for lunch, dinner and late night. They are well-known for their signature martinis, a great selection of American dishes along with weekly Fresh Sheets featuring locally-sourced products.