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 chairsRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & BarRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Wall detailRefuel 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-installationRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The rear wallRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | New butcher block tablesRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The center tableRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The center table and soon to be painted light fixtureRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tim and TomRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Tim and TomRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | From the rear looking towards the bar through the dining roomIMG_9498Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | The beer list...Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | One for the bottle cap collectionRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Peanut butter chocolate ice cream awesomenessRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Roasted bone marrow with maldon sea saltRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Roasted bone marrow with maldon sea saltRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | A miniature salad to cut the mellow the marrowRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | "Spiced Pork Ribs and Bits"Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | "Spiced Pork Ribs and Bits"Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Carbonara made in the classic style with real guanciale made at CureMarinated olivesRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Potatoes fried in beef tallow (they stayed crisp forever)Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Beginnings from the barRefuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | New wall pattern detail...Refuel Neighbourhood Restaurant & Bar | Wall detail

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  • http://www.bouchonfor2.com Mel @ bouchonfor2.com

    I’m still shocked at how quickly the reopening is happening. It’s created a lot of necessary buzz, I must say.

    Best of luck and looking forward to the new establishment.

  • Billy Bob

    Only went once to Fuel probably won’t bother going to Refuel. No import beers on that list shown and the food depicted looks heavy. Nice light fixture though!

  • George Baugh

    It’s beef tallow Andrew.

  • Scout Magazine

    Ha! I know. Must have had the marrow still on the brain when I wrote that caption. Thanks for the catch all the same!

  • http://www.waldorfwine.com khristian

    Hope there’s still lots of (good) German Riesling to wash down the fried-chicken and the pork!

  • Tommy Deal WIth It

    Hi Billy Bob, you might notice the beer picture page had ‘canada’ as the heading, meaning those beers are local. Page two has beers from the US and page three has beers from the rest of the world. Since you already decided not to come, I just thought you should know.

  • Katharine

    Hi Billy Bob.

    Only the beers from Canada are shown in Andrew’s pic, there are a few more pages on that clip board that include international beers. We offer some lighter dishes on the menu too. Stop by some time and check it out.

    Cheers!

    Katharine