Gastown To Land Likely Keeper With The Upcoming Cork & Fin…

January 19, 2010.

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Francis Regio, formerly (and long) a fixture at the West End’s much loved Tapastree, has taken over the old Blake’s location at 221 Carrall St. (corner of Blood Alley next to the original Irish Heather). He plans to open a new seafood and wine bar called Cork & Fin by the middle of February. I caught up with Francis yesterday at the location with the restaurant’s chef, Elliott Hashimoto (ex-Brix, Tapastree), and took the nickel tour. It’s a small, two level spot with an open raw bar and dining room on the main floor and some more seating up the short and very beautiful set of stairs. From what I was told, it sounds like we can expect something akin to a hip and considerably more casual Blue Water Café. A few snaps below…

  • Owner Francis Regio inside Cork & Fin
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  • http://idekumiko.tumblr.com Kumiko Ide

    I was wondering where Francis went! I frequently dine at Tapastree, and he brought so much to the restaurant. I am excited to hear about this new venture, and can’t wait to check it out once it’s up and running.

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