Calgary’s CRAFT Beer Market to shut down for renovation

CRAFT Beer Market will shut down July 27 to begin an expected two-month major renovation

Artist's rendition of the outside of the renovated CRAFT Beer Market. CONTRIBUTED

Calgary’s CRAFT Beer Market still sees hope in the Calgary economy, so they’re embarking on a two-renovation to prepare for the future.

CRAFT’s Beltline location (345 – 10 Avenue SW) will temporarily shut down July 27 to complete the renovation, which will “focus on enhancing the social and experiential aspect of CRAFT,” a company release stated.

PJ L’Heureux, CRAFT founder, said they’ve felt the sting of Calgary’s downtrodden economy, but they have high hopes for what lies ahead.

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“From day one, CRAFT has been a Calgary-based concept. We wholeheartedly believe in this city and want to be part of energizing its future,” L’Heureux said.

“As Calgarians, now is not the time to sit and wait. We can talk about making changes, or we can be entrepreneurial and go out and do them. As a city, we have a long road ahead, but we are passionate about this city and making a difference.”

Since the flagship location opened in 2011, CRAFT has expanded to Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto – and they opened a second Calgary location at Southcentre.

Changes to CRAFT Beer Market inside, menu

The end of September when CRAFT expects to reopen, after overhauling the interior of the restaurant. They’re also starting work on a 300-person rooftop patio, with an expected opening of spring 2020.

While changes will be made to the structure, they said the culinary staff will be reinventing some of the menu offerings and perfecting old favourites.

“We have a dedicated customer base that love our offering, and we don’t plan on changing that, but we are adding a number of unique features and experiences that will make CRAFT not only a great spot for brunch, lunch and dinner, but also a great nightlife and social destination,” said L’Heureux.

The group expects that the renovation will add 100 jobs to the restaurant, with at least 30 per cent being full-time positions, they said.

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