Brief: New A&W building planned

A&W plans to replace original restaurant building from the 1950s with a new one.

A rendition of the proposed new A&W restaurant building. Image: William Rutledge Architect

The owners of the Revelstoke A&W restaurant are planning to demolish the existing restaurant and replace it with a new building.

The current Revelstoke A&W building was built in the 1950s, when it was opened as a drive-in restaurant. In 1973 the owners renovated the property into a traditional sit-down fast food restaurant with a drive-through. It was renovated again in 1991 and 2001.

This time, the plan is to tear it down and build a new one that is approximately the same size and in the same location as the existing restaurant.

A side view of the proposed new Revelstoke A&W restaurant. Image: William Rutledge Architect

The City of Revelstoke’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) will review the project at their next meeting. A staff report notes a number of sign variances will be required. The report also flags one issue of significance for the proposed renovation.

The building plans call for an orange, V-shaped LED light panel to be wrapped around the restaurant. The staff report notes the city has a “dark skies policy” in its official community plan, and says that the wrap-around lighting may be contrary to the policy. The APC, which makes comments based on form, character and siting of new buildings, will consider the application at their Feb. 5 meeting.


A few people have contacted the Mountaineer disputing the timeline of the original construction of the building. The city’s staff report said it was built in the “1950s” while others say it was built in the mid-1960s when the new highway was built. It seems likely that the latter is the case.