First Look Inside West 4th’s New “Refuel” Restaurant And Bar…

December 1, 2009.

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As regular readers are aware, Kitsilano’s Fuel restaurant served its last customer last night. There was little time for ceremony, however, as its metamorphosis into Refuel, a casual and significantly less expensive operation, is slated for quick turnaround. Opening dinner service is in two days. Wednesday.

From what I saw tonight they’ve already achieved plenty. The menu also seems very much squared away, together with a fat new selection of quality hard-to-hook-up beers (I did enough product sampling to disorient a bear).

The room has already undergone enough re-imagining to make it hard to remember what it looked like just a few days prior. It’s pretty cool. Check the photos below for more of what I saw. Perhaps I’ll see you Wednesday.

  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Enter...
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tables and chairs
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Wall detail
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tom Doughty (Owner, Sommelier), Tim Pittman, Katharine Manson (GM), Robert Belcham (Owner, Chef)
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Rear wall with back lit frame boxes in mid-installation
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The rear wall
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | New butcher block tables
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The center table
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The center table and soon to be painted light fixture
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tim and Tom
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tim and Tom
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | From the rear looking towards the bar through the dining room
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  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The beer list...
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | One for the bottle cap collection
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Peanut butter chocolate ice cream awesomeness
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Roasted bone marrow with maldon sea salt
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Roasted bone marrow with maldon sea salt
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | A miniature salad to cut the mellow the marrow
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Carbonara made in the classic style with real guanciale made at Cure
  • Marinated olives
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Potatoes fried in beef tallow (they stayed crisp forever)
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Beginnings from the bar
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | New wall pattern detail...
  • Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Wall detail

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