July 26, 2021

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GoFundMe page created to help Heritage Grill owner Paul Minhas after devastating fire in New Westminster

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The local community of New Westminster is rallying all over the proprietor of a preferred downtown eatery destroyed by a hearth.

A GoFundMe web site has lifted $4,606 as of this writing to aid Heritage Grill operator Paul Minhas.

He has available a live location for arts and music for many years, as properly as a welcoming collecting place for the LGBT local community.

“At some position earlier in the day we were being hopeful that the fire experienced been somewhat brought below command and that anything may possibly be salvageable,” the Heritage Grill said on its Fb webpage. “Regrettably throughout the day, occasions took a turn for the even worse. We would have been celebrating our 16 year anniversary in just 4 times. Now there is almost nothing still left.

“It has been an honor welcoming so a lot of of you to ‘The Grill’ over the earlier pretty much 16 many years,” the information ongoing. “No question the monumental reduction will strike residence for us and the local community in the coming days and months. We will choose some time to method today’s events and now divide our emphasis on reopening Begbies in the up coming couple times right after we find out a lot more information on the lifting of the COVID-19 circuit breaker.”

The Straight took this picture of Paul Minhas (left) with two of his workers customers at the 2014 New Westminster Satisfaction celebrations.
Charlie Smith

Again 2012, Minhas told the Straight that he to begin with needed to open a cafe on Commercial Generate but he could not uncover the appropriate spot.

So alternatively, he purchased an previous Chinese eatery on Columbia Road in New West in 2005, renaming it the Heritage Grill.

Paul Minhas posed with then councillor and present-day mayor Jonathan Cote and then standard manager John McLeod in front of his cafe in 2012.

His timing couldn’t have been superior. The mayor at that time, Wayne Wright, was about to embark on a major enhance to the downtown core, introducing the Anvil Centre and a waterfront park and marketing additional multi-device residential initiatives.

“I just just can’t think my eyes in the sense of what I have been observing in the very last four yrs,” Minhas said at the time. “The city is undertaking extraordinary matters.”

https://www.youtube.com/view?v=9EBO2e1H5cMVideo clip of John McLeod talks about Columbia Avenue

In 2012, the Heritage Grill’s common manager, John McLeod, talked to the Straight about the arts functions at the Heritage Grill.
Georgia Straight

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