Donnelly Group launching Ballyhoo Public House in former Winking Judge spot

888 Burrard Street as seen on Google Street View. Screenshot.

The Donnelly Group is turning one now-defunct Vancouver pub into a brand new one, as it launches The Ballyhoo Public House in the space previously occupied by The Winking Judge.

Situated at 888 Burrard Street (at Smithe), renovations are underway at the site in preparation for an early June open.

The Ballyhoo Public House will “blend a host of updates and upgrades,” according to media materials, in a space that has been many things over the last 80 years, including a gas station, auto dealership, all-night diner, and most recently, a favourite Vancouver watering hole.

Drawing inspiration from 1970s New York City bars, The Ballyhoo Public House will feature a menu of pub staples as well as local craft beers, cocktails and weekend brunch.

The Donnelly Group currently operates a slate of public house concepts in Vancouver and Toronto.

It also has launched a string of cannabis stores, branded Hobo – a controversial name in the cannabis community, as Business in Vancouver reported in March.

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