After much lobbying and public outcry, the Biltmore Cabaret has obtained a reprieve from Vancouver city officials and been allowed to re-open for business.
As NowPublic previously reported, the venue had been facing regulatory pressures from the city for alleged fire code violations, however, the club’s owners claimed the Biltmore was being unfairly punished.
The following is a statement released by the club’s owner, Zak Pashak, on Thursday.
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The Biltmore is back open for business. So many people did so much to help us, and I think that a lot of people can be proud of this. Everyone who sent an email, everyone who talked about what was going on, everyone who even read about what was going on- not to mention the people making phone calls, doing media requests, helping me write press releases, and contacting their elected representatives. I hope that this can give us East Van live music fans some hope in Vancouver. Maybe things are changing a little, one step at a time.
I’m going to be apolitical for now and let my excellent staff get back to doing the great work that they do. I have 10 more days in Japan, and I’m really looking forward to coming home to a club that is open for business so I can continue try to make the Biltmore a wonderful local venue. We will have a lot of work to do- but we are all ready. Myself and the staff will do our best to make sure that we keep the Biltmore a tightly run, locally minded art space for the city of Vancouver. We owe you all a great live music venue and with your help we are building it.
The staff at the club who have stuck this out deserve a hug- so if you go down and see a show the next little while please give them one. They have shown so much strength through a very difficult time. They are the people doing the hard work of making the Biltmore what it is going to become.
Thank you again everyone- your letters and words of encouragement were crucial. I had no idea that so many people would show such strength and conviction. I am humbled by it, and I am immensely grateful for your support of not only me, but also of what the Biltmore wants to be in Vancouver.