With the temperature spiking in the 40s on Monday, Patina Brewing in Port Coquitlam opened its doors early in the morning, on a day it is normally closed, so people working remotely could enjoy the benefit of the brewhouse’s air conditioning.
Bring a coffee and enjoy not melting away, said Patina’s CEO and co-owner Kyle O’Genski.
“One of our core values is community,” O’Genski said as 10 people scattered around the brewhouse tapped away on laptops. “My wife is working from home right now, and she suggested she come here to work with the air conditioning.
“She said, ‘Know what? What if we invite the community around us to come work here, anyone who needs some AC.’”
But while those businesses with air conditioning are welcome oases of chill, some businesses without it have been forced to shut.
City of Port Coquitlam is offering businesses the opportunity to expand outdoors with temporary patios on sidewalks, parking lots and even a city lane to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dining in at your favourite restaurant may be stopped for now but patios are welcoming patrons across Port Coquitlam — just in time for sunny weather.
Nine PoCo businesses have received permission from the city to expand onto sidewalks, parking lots — and even a city lane — providing safe outdoor space for small household gatherings.
With more businesses applying for the temporary patio permit it’s expected that additional pop up patios will be up and running soon as the city looks for ways to keep businesses going through the pandemic.
Being able to spill outdoors onto a patio is critical, “especially now,” says Kyle O’Genski, CEO and partner at Patina Brewing Co., whose brewery and restaurant in downtown PoCo opened an expanded patio on a city lane last year.
“We’d otherwise be in dire straights right now,” said O’Genski.
Thanks to the patio extension, Patina can host patrons at 19 tables instead of just four, so people can enjoy a freshly made brew or enjoy some specialty smoked barbecue on site if they don’t want to pick it up or have it delivered.
They can also bring their pooch, as Patina received Fraser Health approval for having dogs on the outdoor patio.
O’Genski said having the outdoor space enables the business to keep running and 30 employees working while giving people a place to enjoy some quality time safely.
“We’re a place in the community where people can come together together and right now people are looking for a place to have tiny escapes from their home.”
The expanded patio policy is particularly important now with dine in eating and drinking closed for several weeks.
Patina is located at 2332 Marpole Ave.
Currently unavailable due to Covid
Enjoy a 1 hour flow class every Friday at 10:30am. Cost is $20 and includes your favourite Patina beer after you’re finished on your mat. ⠀⠀
This class is open to all levels and includes linking various yoga poses together while focusing on your breath and connecting to your inner strength. A perfect balance of exercise and relaxation to kick start your day!⠀
B.C. Patina Brewing Company is partnering with SHARE Family & Community Services Society Food Bank to put food on the table. During this unprecedented crisis in our community Patina Brewing Company and SHARE will come together to raise funds for the Food Bank. On Thursday April 9, 15% of all revenue from Patina will go towards the food bank. In addition, Erin and Greg Moore will match the donation for a total donation of 30% of all revenue.
With record unemployment in our community, the Covid-19 crisis will affect lower income residents the hardest. The food bank might be the only way that individuals are able to put food on their table. Erin Moore, Patina Brewing Co. owner comments: “As we have seen communities across the country come together to support our health care workers, in addition to this wonderful support, we want to ensure that everyone can put food on their table.”
Patina Brewing Company has also been hard hit by this crisis, after only opening their doors for two weeks they had to convert their business model to take out and delivery through UberEats. Moore goes on to say “although this has been a hard time for Patina, we know that there are individuals in our community that are struggling to put food on their table and we want to do our part to help.”
Patina and SHARE have reached out to community leaders to volunteer their time to deliver southern barbecue and craft beer to people’s doorsteps. So far, community leaders such as Greg and Erin Moore, former Mayor of Port Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam Councillor Glenn Pollock, Laura Dupont, Nancy McCurrach and Steve Darling, Mike Clay, former Mayor of Port Moody, Donna White of the Terry Fox Foundation, Dawn Becker, Chair of Port Coquitlam Foundation, Jennifer McKinnon, the Executive Director of the Port Coquitlam BIA, Michael Hind, CEO of Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Gaye Sims, President of Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam, are just some of the volunteer deliver drivers.
Claire MacLean, CEO of SHARE Society comments: “It is wonderful to see the community come together during this crisis. SHARE’s Food Bank is a vital support to thousands of families, seniors and members of the TriCities. Together we can help.”
Project: Putting Food on the Table
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Start Time: 4pm – 8pm
Location: Patina Brewing Co.
Delivering services to TriCities’ residents since 1972, SHARE Society supports community members through periods of vulnerability. Services include supports for seniors, counselling services, addiction & substance use prevention services, supports for children and youth with special needs, affordable housing, services for newcomers and refugees, the local food bank, and more.
During the COVID-19 crisis, SHARE is here to help. Our Food Bank is safely providing healthy food for those in need each week. To learn more, or to donate directly, please see www.sharesociety.ca
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