Earlier this week, The Irish Heather announced its final day of operations at its current location at 210 Carrall Street will be on April 4, 2021.

The restaurant operated there for 24 years but said the economic impact of COVID-19 and rising rents were the catalysts of the business moving to a new, undetermined address.

While The Irish Heather’s relocation is still to-be-determined, we now know what will be taking over the Gastown spot it’s leaving behind early next month.

“Smith’s” will be setting up shop in The Irish Heather’s former location.

Brought to us by the IRL Hospitality Group (a subdivision of the IRL Group), the new gastropub will also feature a hidden nook at the back of the pub and restaurant called “The Forge.”

Smith’s Logo

Smith’s will be the IRL Group’s third pub in Vancouver operating alongside sister concepts Donnellan’s Irish Pub on Granville Street and the Shamrock Bar & Grill in the West End.

“[Owners] William & Laura Donnellan are delighted to bring this exciting new location to fruition and continue with the fine tradition of Irish Pubs at this Carrall Street location,” a representative from the IRL Group told Dished Vancouver.

“Smith’s is a nod to William’s family in Ireland who were publicans, and prior to that, blacksmiths.”

Smith’s is set to open by early May 2021. We’ll keep you posted on an opening date.


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