Come October 31, the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay restaurant and bar, which originally opened as The Quay Restaurant & Bar in 1960, will close for the foreseeable future. The Port of Vancouver will redevelop Terminal 1, and according to The Columbian, Red Lion at the Quay is closing to make room for the development. Since its lease doesn't technically expire until December 31, 2015, the shutter comes two months early.
Built on wooden pilings, the Red Lion at the Quay restaurant and bar overlooks the Columbia River, and the dining room has the appearance of being below decks in a galleon. Through October 31, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
A new Red Lion hotel may be part of the port's development, but the Port of Vancouver and Red Lion are still negotiating this possibility. If it were to go through, it would likely do so in the distant future.
Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay employs 82 people, and the restaurant and hotel says that it will offer severance packages to employees based on their positions and number of years of employment.