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Vernon's 1516 Pub and Grill expected to open in next few weeks

1516 Pub close to opening

Vernon's newest eatery and watering hole is one step closer to opening.

Dan Whiffen, head chef of the new 1516 Pub and Grill, says the facility has received final approval from Interior Health.

"The Interior Health team was knowledgeable, extremely helpful and very thorough with the inspections. This is an important commitment from both Interior Health and the restaurant team and ensures the health and safety of all the guests that are soon to be enjoying 1516 Pub and Grill,” Whiffen said.

The approval clears the path for an opening in the first few weeks of June.

The pub and grill is being operated by the Dahl Group of Companies, which also operates The Italian Kitchen Company, Vernon Catering and Hospitality, and Top Choice Pizza.

"It is with excitement that we are able to release the news that 1516 Pub and Grill has received approval for a food primary liquor licence,” said vice-president Katie Dahl.

The push is now on to finalize the opening date.

The 1516 is located on the Okanagan Lake waterfront in Okanagan Landing, where the former Outboard Waterfront Pub and Blue Heron Pub previously operated.

"All of us local residents are very excited to have 1516 Pub opening. My plan is to paddle over on opening day and hit Katie and her team up for a cold 1516 Lager,” said Dave Lee, a resident of Old Stampmill Road across the lake who was recently checking out the lakefront deck.

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