The Gavran reopens for a host of local pubs this week (photos)


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dated: 2022-11-20 05:46:38 .

“The legend lives on,” says the sign above the door. A Vancouver-based Irish pub group has revamped the community’s much-loved dive bar

When news broke in June that the iconic Deep Cove pub had gone under, some were concerned that The Raven would be leaving the stable.

But the new management that took over the premises – a company that operates several modernized Irish bars across Vancouver – assured the community that they would save the pub rather than replace it.

Now, after several months of accelerated renovations, Gavran is reopening this week.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to restore Raven to its original legendary status,” said William Donnellan, President and CEO of IRL Group. “As you can see above the entrance now, when you get there, it says ‘The Legend Lives.’ This is our new slogan.”

Donnellan said the bar passed a health inspection last week and final touches are being made to the interior.

The half-million-dollar renovation was overseen by general manager James Browne, who oversaw major operations such as the Shamrock Bar in English Bay and Donnellan’s Irish Pub in the center of the Granville Strip. Browne said he expects The Raven to be ready to open its doors to the public on Wednesday.

Although Donnellan is known for his Irish restaurants, he emphasized that The Raven will not be pushed as an Irish bar and is focused on giving the Deep Cove community the space it deserves.

“A lot of locals have stuck their heads in the door and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “Some people left some messages on the door, some very nice words, which is nice to see.

“It has a really warm and friendly atmosphere and we have a fantastic team,” he added. “I have no doubt that this place will be a huge success.”

Browne explained that The Raven will also be testing a new menu that would “set the bar” for food offerings at other establishments going forward.

The Raven has a rich history in the community dating back to 1946 as the Amble Inn and has been open under its current name since 1979. However, that legacy was called into question earlier this year when previous operator Gibbons Group failed to renew its lease while the building was over renovation required.

Whether the pub would keep its original name was also in the stars. Rest well Spirit of the West fans—you can always end your North Shore bar crawl at The Raven.

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