Huge new craft beer, family-style dining restaurant King Taps set to open soon on Kelowna’s waterfront – Kelowna News

Tapping into Kelowna

Cindy White

The opening date is still under wraps, but Castanet got a sneak peek inside the massive new King Taps restaurant on Kelowna’s waterfront.

It’s right next door to sister restaurant Cactus Club, in the old Rose’s Pub at 1352 Water Street.

“Distinctively different brands and concepts and that’s something that we think they complement each other really well,” explained regional manager Thomas Bettlestone.

The first King Taps opened in Toronto’s financial district in 2017, in the same building as a Cactus Club and Bettlestone said it has worked well there.

It has a seating capacity for 488 diners spread over two floors.

They even have two kitchens, and regional chef James Bunting said that means hiring about 80 cooks.

“We’ll hire anyone with any experience level. Our training is definitely top-notch.

“We want to encourage people to join the industry. It is a great career choice for them and we want to continue to sort of build on that. The more people in the industry the better off we all are.”

The craft beer-focused restaurant will feature family-style dining, and pizza is a big part of that. Bunting says the state-of-the-art ovens from Italy can cook 300 pizzas in an hour.

Dozens of tradespeople are working to put the finishing touches on the space.

“Apparently we used up to 45 different trades here,” said Beetlestone. “It’s been a really collaborative effort and they’ve done a beautiful job.”

The company is hosting a virtual hiring fair on May 18, and hopefully, the doors will open in time for the summer tourist rush.

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