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It’s official: Paddlewheeler Pub closes after 37 years on New West waterfront

Paddlewheeler Pub closes: “We have found ourselves victim to rising inflation and government taxation.”

It's the end of an era as a fixture on the local pub scene has closed its doors after nearly four decades on New Westminster’s waterfront.

The Paddlewheeler Pub, located in River Market, closed suddenly on the weekend. In the days since, social media has been abuzz with comments from people questioning the closure.

The Record has reached out to the Paddlewheeler for comment.

In addition to being a meeting space for local residents, including those living in its Quayside neighbourhood, the pub has hosted entertainment including live music, music bingo, karaoke and trivia nights. With its location on New Westminster’s waterfront, its patio has long been considered to be one of the best patios in the city.

The Paddlewheeler has picked up a number of awards through the years. In 2022, Record readers named it the Best Pub, Best Patio and Best Nachos in New West in the A List awards.

On Tuesday night, the Paddlewheeler made its closure official with a notice posted on its Facebook page.

“As we close the doors of the Paddlewheeler Pub after 37 remarkable years, we wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude,” said the statement. “Your unwavering support has been the cornerstone of our success, and we couldn’t have embarked on this incredible journey without each and every one of you. Unfortunately, we have found ourselves victim to rising inflation and government taxation.”

In its post, the local business thanked suppliers who had provided “exceptional ingredients” that help it build its reputation.

The Paddlewheeler also thanked staff.

“To our dedicated staff, both past and present, we are deeply grateful for your hard work, passion and dedication,” said the post. “You have been the heart and soul of this establishment, and your contributions have not gone unnoticed.”

In its post, the Paddlewheeler Pub also thanked the “wonderful people” who frequented the pub and had become “a cherished part” of its extended family.

“We will miss your familiar faces and warm conversation as we bid farewell,” said the posting. “We wish you all good health and happiness in the years to come.”

The Record has contacted River Market for more about the closure.

More to come....