Glowing reviews and dazzling numbers came from the first week of operation at the North Shore’s first brewpub, which officially opened the last week of October.
Bright Eye Brewing co-owner Richard Marken said sales were “well beyond” his forecast for opening week, noting there were lineups of customers at the door on Friday and Saturday.
He described the response as fantastic, noting it’s taken a while to get the business opened given recipe tweaks and minor equipment issues.
“To finally see people enjoying it, I mean restaurants always look better full of people,” he said.
He said the restaurant was busy all day last Tuesday and on Friday they were full at 11 p.m. when they had to close up for the night.
Marken ventured a guess they served thousands of customers on the weekend alone.
While a new brewpub will often have a lot of novelty and interest, Marken said he thinks they can maintain “a solid pace” of customers.
He said he’s heard a lot of positive feedback from customers about the eclectic menu and selection of craft beer.
Marken said there seems to be a real appetite for a brewpub on the North Shore.
He said he likes his restaurant’s Tranquille Road location because it has a neighbourhood feel.
“People tell me all the time, I live around the corner or I live just a couple blocks away and I think it’s hard to get that in a lot of restaurant locations.”