Mahony & Sons at Stamps LandingPosted by Erin Mussolum on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
I think I’m going to be spending a lot of time at the new Mahony & Sons at Stamps Landing. I could go on an on about the amazing two level 10,000 square foot space with it’s 300 seat patio. I could praise the way that the family run company can take a massive space and make it feel cozy as they do at all their locations. And I could tell you about the selection of nooks, private rooms, and snuggy spaces that make a pub feel like a pub yet offer STUNNING views of Vancouver. But you just need to go in yourself and experience it.
I had to ask Chris Mahony of Mahony & Sons how they did it, how they were able to visualize a new project and undertake this immense and challenging renovation – because it was mammoth. What used to be the old Monk McQueens in now almost unrecognizable.
Says Chris, “This was a big project for us and was very complex from every perspective. Any project this size takes a lot of focus, hard work and dedication to get the details right. Many of the family made a lot of sacrifices to help make this a great project.”
Chris comes from a large Irish family and is one of five that operates Mahony & Sons three locations: UBC, Burrard Landing, and now Stamps Landing. Both the Burrard and Stamps locations are situated on prime waterfront property.
“Vancouver doesn’t have that many restaurants right on the water so it was an exciting opportunity to extend our brand to this part of the city,” says Chris. “With all the growth and Olympic Village density it made it even more attractive to us.”
And the menu supports this new space. Most pubs feature heavier and richer items but I was surprised to find new items like the Scallop and Beet Arugula Salad, Lee’s Lamb Dip, Thai Panang Curry with Grilled Chicken, and possibly my most favorite item – the Pacific Coast Chowder. I’m not a huge seafood chowder fan. I always find it starchy, full of potatoes, flavorless, and using only the cheapest of fish. But THIS was amazing and something I can see myself coming back for time and time again. Paired with a cold Guinness it’s absolute perfection on those cold damp Vancouver days.
According to Chris, Mahony & Sons is adding lighter options to the menu and have introduced their first oyster bar at the Stamps Landing location. He says that Guinness and oysters make the perfect pairing. I did not know this.
While the food is great, what I really like about this establishment is the family-run atmosphere. On any given night you’ll find a Mahony or two behind the bar, or greeting guests in their classy understated way. You can tell that this family is in it for the long haul and their success depends on their closeness and fierce determination to see them collectively succeed. And this attitude and excellence extends to their staff as well.
Says Chris, “The thing I am most proud of through this opening is seeing the growth in our people. We are developing a great group of people that work alongside the Mahony Family that share in a common goal and are passionate about delivering a high level of customer service with warm friendly hospitality. Anytime we expand we create great opportunities for more of our management team to gain more experience and more responsibility. It’s an exciting time for all of us.”