The Refinery Makes It Official

Scout member The Refinery “officially” opens on Granville. We have some video dating back to their soft opening here, plus some photos below.

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From the press release:

December 3, 2008 – Vancouver, BC – Ryan Newman, Raymond Staniscia and Peter Raptis are pleased to announce the opening of The Refinery at 1115 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.

The Refinery is a Charcuterie based, market fresh style eatery and wine bar and downtown Granville Street’s newest and most exciting restaurant.

Concentrating on artisan cured meats, pates, terrines, cheeses, seafood dishes and sharing platters, Chef Michael Carter also bows to business partners Ray and Peter’s European backgrounds with antipasto and tapas plates. A revolving selection of warm items are seasonal and market driven.

Behind the bar a large selection of wine by the glass, champagne and bubble by the bottle and classic and original cocktails are offered along with boutique bottled beers. With a goal toward maintaining a sustainable friendly wine list with regional products and organic selections The Refinery partners plan on keeping the wine list selection at least fifty percent British Columbian.

The interior of The Refinery is a surprise in many ways. First, this second floor room is environmentally current. Designed by Marilou Rudakewich and May Cheng of the award winning M Studio, a well respected name in the environmental design field whose previous work includes Hapa Izakaya, Paramount Earl’s Restaurant, the Mountain Club in Whistler, who have created a comfortably unique room.

Built with some of the highest green standards available, from reclaimed wood to energy efficient lighting, the room is environmentally low impact while high impact describes the design.  Non-toxic building supplies were used from adhesives to paint; incoming water is all filtered and recycling needs were built into the kitchen design. The room feels welcoming, the design fresh and warm and the environmental standards apparent in the fresh air and slightly woody fragrance. The soft tread of cork floors and wood ceiling all lesson the ambient noise of a busy working restaurant and art work is both thoughtful and playful (look for some familiar faces in the black and white wallpaper along the south wall).

For Ryan Newman, Raymond Staniscia and Peter Raptis, who also own SIP resto-lounge, The Refinery is a departure both from what the partners have done in the past, and for Granville Street itself, being part of this emerging neighbourhood has given the partners a new desire to appeal to people who live and work in the area, not just for those who visit.

With the street redesign project started, Granville Street may very well become one of the most beautiful and entertaining streets in all of Canada.  A true dining and entertainment destination spot with a world class feel.

To view The Refinery’s Scout page, click here.

2 Responses to “The Refinery Makes It Official”

  1. Team Wicanders on December 8th, 2008 8:00 am

    Hi,
    Picture 7 of the restaurant showing the cork flooring is wonderful! We hope it is ours, of course, but even if it isn’t Wicanders, we hope you enjoy it for years to come. Sustainable, eco-friendly, warm, comfortable, easy to clean, and naturally healthy for your patrons, cork oak flooring is now the environmentally-conscious choice for architects and designs worldwide.
    Cheers!
    Team Wicanders

  2. Peter Raptis on January 8th, 2009 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the complements on the flooring!

    We actually delayed opening by a few weeks to get the floor as it was a little behind in stock at the time, we just didn’t want to switch to a less sustainable material.

    If anyone is interested there is a little blurb with some more detail on our website, http://www.therefineryvancouver.com, about some of the environmental initiatives we have taken.

    Cheers