The area around Columbia and Pender in Chinatown is about to blow up with four or five new independent businesses from young Vancouverites. We’ll be revealing details on them all next week, but we want to start today with Bestie, an upcoming effort from Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown, if only because it has us salivating already.
Bestie is going to be a 25 seat sausage and beer restaurant in the old “Panda On Pender” location at 105 East Pender just off Columbia (look for the old “Chinese Records, Books, Tapes” sign). Their concept is simple: three sausages, three beers, three sides, three sauces, and three wines on tap. The pair are from the design world, but they do share some background in the F&B trade (eg. Clinton is formerly of Cafe Medina). Expect a looker that smells deliciously of currywurst, for sure. Opening day is set for August.