New high-end ice cream shop hoping its milkshakes bring people to the Vancouver Waterfront


The Yard Milkshake Bar will open on the ground floor of the Murdock Building this June

VANCOUVER — Visitors to Vancouver’s Waterfront Park will soon have a sweet new food establishment to choose from.

Luckily, The Yard Milkshake Bar is a more family-friendly restaurant than the 2003 one-hit wonder song from which its name is derived.

High-end ice cream shop The Yard is coming to the Vancouver Waterfront this Summer. Image courtesy The Yard Milkshake Bar
High-end ice cream shop The Yard is coming to the Vancouver Waterfront this Summer. Image courtesy The Yard Milkshake Bar

Featuring decadent creations known as the “Freak Shake”, topped with whole pieces of cake, waffles, donuts, or even cotton candy in a decorative Mason jar, The Yard is an artisan ice cream shop that has been gaining popularity quickly since its first location opened in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Yard currently has 11 locations nationwide, with Phoenix and Vancouver as the newest locations opening this year.

The 1,500-square-foot Vancouver location will be on the ground floor level of The Murdock building at 656 Waterfront Way, and will open just in time for Summer this June.

“Sunnier days are ahead and we’re incredibly excited to welcome The Yard as our premiere ice cream destination at The Waterfront,” said Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development. “Theirs is a story of entrepreneurship and it means a lot to us that they chose The Waterfront as their first west coast location.”

The company was also featured in a 2019 episode of Shark Tank on ABC, after which Mark Cuban invested $400,000 in the business in exchange for a 22 percent stake in future retail locations.

“We’ve been incredibly thoughtful in choosing where we expand our business,” said Chelsea Green in a press release announcing the Vancouver location. “One of the many things that we loved about The Waterfront Vancouver is the communal outdoor space located right on the Columbia River. We can already picture families and  guests stopping in for a milkshake, followed by a walk down to the pier.”

Visitors can choose from 25 ice cream flavors, over 60 toppings, as well as eight edible cookie doughs. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options are also on the menu. The elaborate “Freak Shakes” average around $14 at the company’s other locations, but less expensive options are available.

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