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Eagle Creek pub at Burnaby Mountain to close
The current operator of Eagle Creek Pub, Grill and Banquet Facility at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course is set to hand the reins back to Burnaby city hall after its contract expired late last year.
Since the contract ended last fall, the operator has been continuing month to month, said Burnaby parks and rec director Dave Ellenwood.
"It wasn't being run as efficiently as we wanted," he said. "So we thought there's no use really limping along or keeping to operate with the third-party operator. We'll just take a look if there's a better alternative than the current operator."
The closure is temporary until the city figures out what it wants to do.
Ellenwood stressed that the move only affects the pub portion of the operation. The snack bar or café and patio service will continue uninterrupted, as will the catering operation, through the city's own food services division.
"People who had events booked, they will still happen there and we will book new ones. We're very much open for business on the catering side with that banquet hall. It's only that one specific component that's being re-evaluated," he said.
"We have a vibrant catering service at the city so we're more than capable of honouring those agreements. So any agreements that have been made with the former operator will absolutely be honoured and that facility is available."
Ellenwood said options being considered include finding a new private operator to take over or the city running it on its own.
Under the contract with the operator, city hall received a percentage of the profits.
"The problem was it wasn't making any money," he said. "So it was pretty clear why we decided to go in a different direction."
He noted that location has long had difficulties in being profitable. It's been operated by third parties for decades, including Delta Hotels for several years at one point. Current operator Bill Brandon has had the contract since 2002.
Joanne Rombouts, general manager at Eagle Creek, said the current operator will continue on until May 7.
All the staff have been offered jobs at the facility or elsewhere with the city, said Rombouts, who will continue on at Eagle Creek herself.
Once the changeover happens, there will still be a full pub menu and table service.
"Everything is as per usual. So we're still doing Mother's Day, we're still booking weddings, still booking private functions, golf tournaments, all that is as per usual," she said. "The only difference will be the pub area will be closed [except for] for private functions."
Brandon could not be reached for comment before the NewsLeader's deadline.
Anyone wanting to book the facility can contact Burnaby's food services department at 604-205-3026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.