Lulie St. Tavern, Abbotsford

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Images (#1 – #5) Credit: Redouane Chaouki



Lulie St. Tavern was established in 2015  in a former warehouse building, in the suburb of Abbotsford. With the site destined to be developed for apartments, the proprietors had no choice but seek an alternative location. The new premises is situated just 130m to the west, now located at 225 Johnston Street – a former bank.

Lulie is renowned in the area as being a community pub where the staff will take the time to have a chat, dogs are welcome, and kids are a natural part of the setting during the day and evening times. The establishment is inclusive; with a diverse local patronage ranging from the modern apartments nearby, the older public housing units, and the charming heritage cottages dotted around the side streets.

The new premises caters for up to 145 patrons, and includes a side courtyard for smokers, an open front dining area looking out to Johnston Street (through the new industrial inspired facade), an open plan central area, and a snug within the old bank vault.

The inclusive and collaborative nature of the premises stretches to the food on offer; with local eateries such as Rita’s Cafeteria and Kelso’s Sandwich shop covering the menu.




Trí Spatial Planning were engaged to:

  • Provide preliminary advice on the suitability of the premises for use as a tavern,
  • Advise on interior and exterior design changes,
  • Engage and manage acoustic and traffic consultants,
  • Prepare all planning reports, including noise amenity action plan and cumulative impact assessment,
  • Engage and consult with objectors,
  • Manage the permit application process and obtain approval from Council.

Our hands on approach, background working within liquor licensing and planning enforcement, mediation skills, and extensive urban planning experience ensured that a planning permit was issued by Council within 8 months of engagement. This process included mediation with objectors where alterations to the proposal were made and the number of objectors reduced, ensuring a delegated decision could be made.