Save-On-Meats is located on West Hastings at Carrall. Most Vancouverites are familiar with the 4-story building for it has stood since 1957.
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Last year, the former owner has sold the property. In July 2010, it is in possession of Vancouver restaurateur Mark Brand of Mark Brand Inc., adding to his sister venues – Boneta, The Diamond, Sea Monster Sushi and Shark & Hammer.
The new Save-On-Meats will reopen coming June, with a million-dollar renovation ongoing for the past year. Many neighbourhood fans and Vancourites are looking foward to see whether Mark Brand has decided to continue the tradition or to bring new changes.
From the Vancouver Sun article, it seems the space have some wonderful concepts.
The first floor will remain a market, with addition of street-level cafe or restaurant to attract foodies. Second floor will be supplies and labor, rumors have it, even cooking classes. Third floor will be office space or alike. Nonetheless, the fourth floor rooftop will be a private space overlooking downtown Vancouver.
The concept and rebranding of Save-On-Meats is supported by the Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Projects, whose moto:
“The DTES Kitchen Tables Project is unique in that it is a comprehensive and collaborative approach to reforming the DTES food system in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. The approach is intentional and comprehensive, filling a formidable gap as it addresses the inadequacies of the DTES food system. It operates by organizational collaboration, includes residents and embraces existing food providers and processes.” -BC Food Security Gateway
This 22,000 square foot 4-story market is scheduled to reopen next month.