DINER: The New Location Of Finch’s Has (Finally) Opened At Jackson & East Georgia

December 20, 2012.

by Andrew Morrison | The long awaited Finch’s Market finally opened today at 501 East Georgia in the heart of Strathcona. As you can see from the photos, owners Jamie Smith and Sheryl Matthews have done a great job in transforming the space, which used to be the U-Go-To corner store (closed last Spring). It’s cozy in an English-Rockwellian sort of way. All the new natural light is a very welcome change (U-Go-To had fluorescent lights and all the windows boarded up). Even on a cloudy day like today it’s the light that strikes. With all the false walls down and the original brick and beam shell restored, it comes pouring in like it never did before. Smith and Matthews have decorated the entirety with comfort in mind. Everywhere is wood, wood, wood, with the only visible thing not predating our births being an Interac machine (the front door even has one of those old school Mr. Gower the Druggist bells that rings whenever it’s opened and closed). It’s actually pretty staggering how convincingly they’ve made it look and feel like an institution, a neighbourhood hub that hasn’t changed in decades.

My first sandwich – Finch’s classic prosciutto, pear, brie, walnut and balsamic on baguette sandwiches – was just as good as at the many ones I’ve had at the original Finch’s on West Pender. A twin, really. Indeed, fans of the first Finch’s will find and appreciate the espressos and the sandwiches that they’ve become so well known for. This new one, though – Finch’s Market – has organic milk, fresh produce and shelves stocked with all manner of edibles, which makes it more of a victualling station for the neighbourhood. For now, they’re open from 10am until 5pm, and they might even do a proper Sunday brunch (minus the mimosas) once they’re settled. In all, a very welcome addition to Strathcona. Long may it run.

  • IMG_0944
  • IMG_0915
  • IMG_0889
  • IMG_0887
  • IMG_0882
  • IMG_0881
  • IMG_0883
  • IMG_0893
  • IMG_0929
  • IMG_0897
  • IMG_0911
  • IMG_0919
  • IMG_0958
  • IMG_0938
  • IMG_0913
  • IMG_0907
  • IMG_0956
  • IMG_0912
  • IMG_0878
  • IMG_0885
  • IMG_0891
  • IMG_0886
  • IMG_0876
  • IMG_0892
  • IMG_0872
  • IMG_0871
  • IMG_0870
  • IMG_0868
  • IMG_0910
  • IMG_0867
  • IMG_0866
  • IMG_0906
  • IMG_0865
  • IMG_0909
  • IMG_0864
  • IMG_0863
  • IMG_0939
  • IMG_0862
  • IMG_0860
  • IMG_0859
  • IMG_0855
  • IMG_0943

Click ahead to see photos of Finch’s Market while it was under construction…

BEFORE

  • Finch's Market while it was under construction at 501 East Georgia in Strathcona
  • The lunch rush at the original Finch's
  • Interior of Finch's while U-Go-2 Store was being gutted
  • Jamie Smith, the owner of Finch's Market, in the midst of construction in the summer of 2012
  • Finch's famed baguette sandwich with pear, blue brie, walnuts, proscuitto sandwich at the original Finch's
  • The exterior of U-Go-2 Store before the Finch's transformation
  • The exterior of U-Go-2 Store before the Finch's transformation
  • U-Go-2 Store false walls removed
  • Old windows revealed (previously behind a false wall)
  • Gutting and cleaning in the wake of U-Go-2 Store
  • Original support beams revealed during Finch's construction
  • Lunch rush at the original Finch's
  • Entrance to the kitchen of the future Finch's
  • Sidewalk level frosted window detail
  • Finch's Market | 501 East Georgia in Strathcona
  • Detritus collection | Finch's Market | 501 East Georgia in Strathcona
  • Finch's Market
  • Framed menus at the original Finch's
  • Jamie Smith, the action man | Finch's Market | 501 East Georgia in Strathcona
  • Looking west to the new Finch's on East Georgia St.
  • Ghost sign on the side of the building | 501 East Georgia in Strathcona

ALL ANTICIPATED RESTAURANTS

—————————————————————————————–

Andrew Morrison lives and works in Vancouver as editor-in-chief of Scout and National Referee & Judge at the Gold Medal Plates and Canadian Culinary Championships. He also contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and television shows on local food, culture and travel; collects inexpensive things; and enjoys rare birds, skateboards, cocktails, shoes, good pastas, many songs, and the smell of camp fires.

#ScoutThis

There are 3 comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Diner Delicious restaurant intel...

DINER | Where To Put Proper Food & Drink In Your Face Between Movie Screenings At VIFF

DINER | Where To Put Proper Food & Drink In Your Face Between Movie Screenings At VIFF

by Ken Tsui | When bouncing between screenings at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, let the following words of wisdom (from an adult more… more 

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Breaking The Five Second Rule And Appalling Restaurant Names

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Breaking The Five Second Rule And Appalling Restaurant Names

by Talia Kleinplatz | Wrigley handily shuts down Donald Trump Jr. with six little words: “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.” New restaurant in… more 

SCOUT 25 POLL | Our Readers Rank The Best Restaurants In The City, Autumn 2016 Edition

SCOUT 25 POLL | Our Readers Rank The Best Restaurants In The City, Autumn 2016 Edition

The Autumn 2016 Scout 25 has just been released. It’s what you should feel confident giving to anyone who asks “Where should I eat in Vancouver?”… more 

DINER | Finger-Lickin’ Awesomeness: Where To Find The Best Fried Chicken In Vancouver

DINER | Finger-Lickin’ Awesomeness: Where To Find The Best Fried Chicken In Vancouver

by Andrew Morrison | I'm digging the fried chicken at Juke these days, especially the little sandwiches they make ($9 for a pair!), but when I think about it… more 

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Ancient Wineries, Pizza Ploys & Trying Coke For The First Time

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Ancient Wineries, Pizza Ploys & Trying Coke For The First Time

by Talia Kleinplatz | A person who has never tasted Coca-Cola in 2016 is pretty much a modern day unicorn and Eater found her. Check out Jamie Lauren Keiles’… more 

DINER | Chef Felix Zhou’s New ‘Heritage Asian Eatery’ Nears Opening On West Pender Street

DINER | Chef Felix Zhou’s New ‘Heritage Asian Eatery’ Nears Opening On West Pender Street

by Andrew Morrison | One of the oddest, most under-served parts of town (from a hospitality industry perspective) is the western extreme of the Financial… more 

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Imitating Venice & The Threat Of Tacos On Every Street Corner

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Imitating Venice & The Threat Of Tacos On Every Street Corner

by Talia Kleinplatz | Eater shares their picks for the most anticipated American restaurant openings this fall. PNW favourites include Seattle’s Southpaw and… more 

SO HOT RIGHT NOW | Brand New Vancouver Restaurants That Totally Live Up To The Hype

SO HOT RIGHT NOW | Brand New Vancouver Restaurants That Totally Live Up To The Hype

We’ve been keeping track of restaurant openings for a very long time. We try to focus on and follow the construction arcs of the ones we believe are going… more 

The scout Community

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters & Lucky’s Doughnuts Acorn Alibi Room Ancora Waterfront Dining & Patio AnnaLena Araxi Ask For Luigi Au Comptoir Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie Bar Oso Bauhaus Beach Bay Café & Patio Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe Bel Café Bestie Bishop’s Bistro Pastis Bistro Wagon Rouge Bittered Sling Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar Bottleneck Bufala Burdock & Co. Cadeaux Bakery Café Medina Caffè Artigiano Camp Lifestyle + Coffee Co. Campagnolo Campagnolo ROMA Cartems Donuterie Chambar Chefs’ Table Society of BC Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie  Chicha Chill Winston ChocolaTas Chocolate Arts Cibo Trattoria Cinara CinCin Ristorante + Bar Cioffi’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill Cocktails & Canapes Catering + Events Cook Culture Culinary Capers Catering & Special Events Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen District Brasserie Dixie’s Authentic Texas BBQ Earnest Ice Cream Edible Canada Elementa Espana Exile Bistro Fable Fanny Bay Farmer’s Apprentice Fat Badger Fat Mao Fernwood Coffee Company Field & Social Forage Giovane Cafe + Eatery Gotham Steakhouse & Bar Grain Granville Island Grapes & Soda Greenhorn Espresso Bar Gyoza Bar Harkness & Co. Harvest Community Foods Hawksworth Restaurant Heirloom Homer Street Cafe & Bar Hy’s Steakhouse Irish Heather Jamjar JJ Bean Joy Road Catering Juice Truck Juniper Keefer Bar Kin Kao Knifewear Kozakura Kuma Tofino L’Abattoir La Buca La Mezcaleria La Pentola La Quercia La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop Latab Wine Bar Les Amis du Fromage Lions Pub, The Liquidity Bistro Little District Lobby Lounge + RawBar Lolita’s South Of The Border Cantina Longtail Kitchen Maenam Mamie Taylor’s MARKET by Jean-Georges Matchstick Coffee Roasters Meat & Bread Meinhardt Fine Foods Miku Restaurant Milano Coffee Minami Miradoro Mission Mister Mogiana Coffee Mosquito Nero Belgian Waffle Bar Nicli Antica Pizzeria Nightingale Nomad Nook Nuba Oakwood Canadian Bistro OLO OPUS Bar Oru Osteria Savio Volpe Oyama Sausage Co. Pallet Coffee Roasters Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse Phoenix Perennials Pidgin Pied-à-Terre Pizzeria Farina Pourhouse Railtown Cafe Railtown Catering Rain Or Shine Ice Cream Red Wagon, The Revolver Coffee Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Royal Dinette Sai Woo Salt Tasting Room Salty Tongue Café Savoury Chef Shaughnessy Restaurant Shebeen Whisk(e)y House Shelter Shika Provisions Siena Six Acres Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe Sorella Stable House, The Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall Tableau Bar Bistro Tacofino Tavola Terra Breads Thierry Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie Timber Timbertrain Coffee Roasters Torafuku Tractor Foods Truffles Fine Foods Two Rivers Specialty Meats UBC Farm Uncommon Cafe, The Urban Digs Farm Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ Program West Restaurant Wildebeest Wolf In The Fog YEW seafood

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was .

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was .