1st new tenant ready to move into Edmonton’s historic Strathcona Hotel this summer: developer

A century-old tradition will continue at the Strat. Beljan Development’s Chris Dulaba confirmed a libatious tenant will occupy the ground floor of the updated historic Strathcona Hotel.

The familiar Whyte Avenue venue was recently rezoned by Edmonton city council.

On Tuesday, Dulaba said the first tenant was already inside, working on the fit-out to recreate what was one of the city’s very first pubs.

Leopold’s Tavern will lease 3,500 square feet on the ground floor of the southeast corner of the rebuilt landmark that is now in the home stretch of construction following a fire almost a year ago.

“Very fitting that we have this great, unique pub, which does pride itself on actually taking every little space that they occupy and some how reflecting some of the history of the building,” Dulaba said.

“They are located in some of the heritage buildings in other locations throughout Western Canada and so, in this case, they had a lot to work with, considering the history of the building.

“Some of the first Edmontonians in the city probably likely stepped foot in that tavern at one time or another, especially if you were coming off that rail line that terminated one block south. That was one of the first hotels and taverns when you got off the train and wet your whistle.”

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