DINER: “Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar” To Open Up From Kits Beach By Summer’s End

by Andrew Morrison | Restaurant trade watchers and bivalve addicts might remember that long-time Rodney’s Oyster House fixture Richard Chew (aka “Chewie”) left the Yaletown icon after five years of shucking toil this past January.

He did so – together with Shine vets Jamie and Mel Haddad – to pick up the original Adesso Bistro space at 2201 Yew Street just up from Kits Beach (vacated last Fall by “Karv”). Chewie gave me a shout over the weekend and spilled the beans:

“Finally, our permits in order for the new space [...] We start our renovations shortly and look to be open by the end of the summer. We are opening a Cajun/Creole-inspired oyster and steam bar.”

If an ex-Rodney’s guy named “Chewie” opening a proper oyster joint next to the beach doesn’t sound quite cool enough, chef Owen Lightly (ex-Araxi) of Butter On The Endive is on board doing the food concept and menu design. Owen is a pretty awesome fellow and a great cook. This is his first big gig as an independent consultant, so I don’t expect he’ll deliver anything short of awesome.

The end result (this September, fingers crossed) will be a 2,300 square footer called Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar. Expect 60 seats inside and another 36 on the streetside patio. They’ve just received their development permit. Demolition permits are in the mail.


5 Responses to “DINER: “Chewie’s Steam & Oyster Bar” To Open Up From Kits Beach By Summer’s End”

  1. EK on June 29th, 2011 9:28 am


  2. Melody Fury on June 29th, 2011 10:22 am

    Congrats, Chewie and Owen. I simply cannot wait. It’s about time Vancouver gets a dose of cajun spice.

  3. pablopicante on June 29th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Vancouver has seen its share of attempts at Cajun/ Creole/ NoLa fare, but unfortunately none seem to have ever thrived.
    Hopefully this one works out!

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  5. sam on July 21st, 2011 10:50 am

    Sounds so good and seems like finally the right fit for that space!! looking forward to it!