The Yale is back but with a twist and a Yee-haw! Newly christened as The Yale Saloon, this time-honoured venue has been standing since 1888. Blues remains at the heart of the place even with the addition of more diverse live music throughout the week featuring Jazz, Country and even karaoke nights.
Matthew Gibbons, the president of MRG Group and owners of the Yale Saloon, was there to celebrate the grand opening, “The Yale is a place that has been in my heart for a long time. It’s a place in town that, like our other hospitality properties, (Vogue Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret), is a place where hospitality and entertainment can meet. This is similar to a lot of places in Austin and Chicago where food and entertainment are all part of the same deal.”
Featuring one of the largest in-house industrial smokers in Vancouver, this will be the spot to come for slow-smoked ribs and other barbeque based vittles. “The Yale’s going to be a place like any great Barbeque, where you come to eat and you stay and party and have a great time. Barbeque is a social food and is part of the experience we provide here.” said Matthew.
Robyn and Ryleigh, the country/pop duo from Langley were on hand to check out the new space. They were excited about their recent signing to Royalty Records. It is obvious these talented sisters are on their way to international recognition.
Johnny Cantiveros, western district manager of MRG Group and Seamus O’Brien, general manager of the Yale Saloon were busy making sure everything was just perfect for the guests at the party.
Matthew shared his thoughts on the rebranding of The Yale, “Country and Blues all come from the same place so for us it wasn’t a big departure from what the Yale had been in the past. As you go through the week and get closer towards the weekend and that’s when you want to party so the weekend is obviously louder. We skew more towards the Country on the weekends with more of the party anthems. It’s all a great fit from the live music during the week to the parties on the weekend.”
A great night of music, entertainment, delicious food and drink. The Yale Saloon still remains the most down-home party destination in the city and now complete with a mechanical bull for those who may want to channel their inner cowboy for a night.
This article for BLUSHVancouver contributed by Leeta Liepins. Follow Leeta on her website!