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Six new restaurants coming to UBC as Focal nears completion

Site D at UBC — better known as Focal — has received its occupancy permits, and is ready to welcome tenants and new retailers, including several new restaurants for the Vancouver campus.

The GBL Architects-designed, mixed-use building includes 101 purpose-built rental units available to UBC students, staff and faculty — as well as six retail units on the ground floor.

New restaurants at UBC
Focal nearing completion at UBC.
New restaurants at UBC
Focal nearing completion at UBC.
Browns Social House patio
Future Browns Social House patio.

Retailers slated to open in Focal include several new restaurants, including:

  • Brown’s Social House
  • Kinton Ramen
  • Body Energy Club
David Strangway Building hoarding
New restaurants coming to the David Strangway Building at UBC (former Mahoney and Sons location)

Across the street at the David Strangway Building, the former location of Mahoney & Son’s is being subdivided into several smaller retail units. Slated to open soon are:

  • Ryuu Japanese Kitchen
  • Steve’s Poke Bar
  • Chatime

The new development, Focal, and the renovation of the David Strangway Building will bring six additional food and beverage outlets to the UBC Vancouver campus — big news on a campus with thousands of students, staff and faculty.

The development also includes a new MacInnes Field behind the building, with one level of underground parking and a new turf surface.

New MacInnes Field at UBC
A look at Focal with the new MacInnes Field in the foreground.
Focal at UBC
Focal at UBC.

Improvements have also been made to the public realm around the development, linking it to the Nest and former SUB (now known as the Life Building).

Editor’s note: Peter Meiszner is an employee of the University of British Columbia.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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