The First Look At Hawksworth Inside The New Hotel Georgia

by Andrew Morrison | So I was given a tour of the most highly anticipated restaurant in recent memory the other day. Yup, the three year wait for the return of David Hawksworth’s food is finally coming to an end. The place was buzzing with saws, banging with hammers and generally giving the clear impression of its happy imminence. Hawksworth in the as yet unfinished restoration of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia should open shortly. It’s a week out at the earliest.

It was a thorough tour, but I obliged their request to not take any pictures that would reveal any of the three rooms in their entirety or the private York Room upstairs. I was not permitted to take any photos of the pool, the outdoor terrace and bar, the Spanish Ballroom, the cafe or the stunning lobby of old, restored…like, wow. But I managed to shoot 35 frames nevertheless.

The restaurant isn’t finished yet but I’d eat there, happily and tonight in its 40 seat Pearl Room under the stunning centerpiece chandelier. I’d subject myself to courses next door in the 30 seat Art Room, sitting next to the commissioned work by local art heft Rodney Graham and served by Chad Clark’s staff. I wouldn’t mind hearing sommelier Terry Threlfall popping corks and to taste David’s cooking again. No. The din of workmen and staff in tank tops and t-shirts training at barman Brad Stanton’s 8 seater and getting into the sawdust of an Old Fashioned would be just fine.

I want to eat at Hawksworth. I want it to be good, maybe even the best. And I think it can. It probably shall…

  • David Hawksworth on site
  • Outside on Georgia St.
  • Exterior branding at the Georgia St. entrance
  • Wall detail in the Pearl Room
  • Wine glass in the Pearl Room
  • The Pearl Room's chandelier
  • Ceiling in the lounge
  • Lounge seating
  • Chairs in the Art Room
  • Looking at the kitchen from the pass
  • 12 wines at a touch
  • Light fixture in the Art Room
  • Looking into the Pearl Room from the lounge
  • Bar chairs
  • The espresso machine is in the service station, along witht eh glass washer (makes for a quiet bar)
  • Inside the wine room, which is gorgeous - lucky Terry
  • Bar manager Brad Stanton setting up in the lounge
  • Looking into the wine room
  • Service station detail
  • Chairs and tables in the Pearl Room
  • Branding detail on the street entrance door
  • The kitchen at Hawksworth
  • Getting tooled up
  • Paperless POS
  • The line
  • The walk-in.
  • From the 26 seat lounge through a two-way fireplace to the Pearl Room
  • The chandelier in the Pearl Room
  • Naturally
  • Lounge seating
  • 8 seat bar
  • Staff training in the Pearl Room
  • In the kitchen, with paperless touchscreen POS
  • Chandelier and moulded ceiling in the Pearl Room
  • David Hawksworth

ALL ANTICIPATED OPENINGS

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  1. So excited for this restaurant – thanks for sharing these photos. If anything, the anticipation is even higher now that I’ve seen this tiny glimpse!

  2. As I pass-by The Hotel Georgia every day on my way to work, I have been waiting for many months (with baited breath) for this to re-open. This … THIS is my kind of place! Oh, yes!

    I am hoping that I shall encounter a single, heterosexual, well-evolved Colin Firth/”Mister Darcy”/”Mark Darcy” type in such a venue. Perhaps they’ll offer such on the menu.

    Do you think they’ll serve my “favourite” swill, Pabst Blue Ribbon, there?? (No? Aww! Such a pity!)

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