Heidi’s gets approvals

Development permit and liquor licence given support by Cranbrook council

The planned exterior of Cranbrook’s new brew pub is shown in an artist’s impression. Two overhead doors will be opened onto the street when weather permits.

The planned exterior of Cranbrook’s new brew pub is shown in an artist’s impression. Two overhead doors will be opened onto the street when weather permits.

The brew pub coming to Cranbrook’s Baker Street has been given double ticks of approval by the city.

On Monday, February 18, council supported a liquor primary licence and a development permit for the pub that is set to replace Heidi’s Restaurant this summer.

Temporarily named The Black Dog Brewpub, the new business is a partnership between Heidi Romich, her daughter Marlies Romich and Kamloops master brewer David Deardsell.

At council’s Monday meeting, two items helped plans for the brew pub move ahead.

First, council supported a liquor primary licence after the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch sought a recommendation from the city.After a public call for comments on the licence was issued by the city, it received nine responses: four in favour and five against. Most of those opposed to the licence were other licenced establishments in Cranbrook that felt the brew pub could have a negative impact on their business.

Council also approved a development permit for the building where Heidi’s is currently located.

In the application, Heidi Romich states: “The European style gables will be removed and the roof line will be straight. For esthetics, I would like to put a small grey slate wall at the bottom of the building.”

Two overhead doors (“garage” doors) will be put in on the building’s corner at 9th Avenue South and Baker Street, which will be open when weather permits.

“The bottom of these doors will be solid so people walking on the sidewalk will not be looking at patrons’ shoes, and the upper portion of the doors will have windows allowing for natural light and patrons to look out,” writes Romich.

“I am excited to refresh my building and hopefully contribute to the downtown in its revitalization plans.”

The brew pub will be split into two sections: a family dining area, and a pub and brewery.

A competition in the Townsman to name the new brew pub is now closed. Stay tuned to find out the winning name.