DINER: New Pidgin Eatery Speaks Up After Being The Target Of Anti-Gentrification Ire

February 14, 2013.

by Andrew Morrison | As many of our regular readers are well aware, the recently opened PiDGiN restaurant on Carrall has seen its entrance picketed nightly by protestors who view the eatery is an unwanted agent of gentrification on the Downtown Eastside. There’s been an active, oft-emotional and occasionally bizarre conversation about it in one of our comment threads. The restaurant has stayed mum on the protests until a little over an hour ago, when the following statement was released:

First and foremost PiDGiN is about food and dining experience; we have worked tirelessly to create something that all Vancouverites can be proud to call their own. Our focus on food, bar, service and design will contribute to an already thriving reputation as an international destination for great hospitality and culinary exploits. That said, we are intimately aware of where we call home and all the responsibility that comes with. PiDGiN is by definition a bridging of language and culture and our location is not haphazard; we are opening in the most diverse and interesting part of the city and that’s why we are here.

Over the course of the last 7 months of building PiDGiN we have supported and created a dialogue to integrate ourselves within the community. It has been our mandate since inception to introduce programs that will contribute and support the great efforts made within the DTES. We are implementing donation programs which all proceeds will go to charities that will be crowd-source picked by our patrons and residents of the DTES as well as creating food programs for residents of the DTES. During the build process we worked with groups in the neighbourhood, including The Window and Beauty Night, we also gave work to those that asked on the construction site as well as outside. Upon opening we have employed 2 DTES residents, local recycling, window washing, Blue Shell for linens and interior cleaning and will continue to hire within the neighbourhood wherever we can.

When choosing this location we knew that there would be a stark contrast between what is outside and inside. Rather than this being viewed as a negative we believe it starts a conversation, one that is overdue. Our patrons come from the DTES and all over the city, some of which have never taken a step in Pigeon Park. This venue is on the divide between the east and west of the city and can serve as an opportunity to bring a more integrated community, where we can better understand each other’s viewpoints and struggles.

Despite the fact that the protestors have chosen to confront this business, we all agree, there absolutely needs to be more dignified housing and services for low income residents of the DTES, our inability to help those most in need in our society is a horrid reflection of the lack of progress by all levels of government. Rather than us being divided in our fight to help those in need, we welcome a dialogue with them and other community leaders to focus our collective strength on the real problems facing the DTES, not on a small business trying to be socially responsible.

Take it as you will. My view on the restaurant – which remains unchanged – is here.

#ScoutThis

There are 30 comments

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

Diner Delicious restaurant intel...

DINER | Bows x Arrows Ready To Serve Their First Customers In The Fraserhood Next Week

DINER | Bows x Arrows Ready To Serve Their First Customers In The Fraserhood Next Week

by Andrew Morrison | We've been waiting for a long time to see Bows x Arrows open their cafe and restaurant in the Fraserhood. I'm glad to report that opening… more 

DINER | Gastown’s ‘Secret Location’ Set To Close July 31st After Unlikely Four Year Run

DINER | Gastown’s ‘Secret Location’ Set To Close July 31st After Unlikely Four Year Run

by Andrew Morrison | Secret Location, the restaurant that Alexandra Gill once called a "confused showpiece without a soul", is closing after four years on the… more 

DINER | Chinatown’s Highly Anticipated ‘Juke’ Fried Chicken Joint Set For Launch On Friday

DINER | Chinatown’s Highly Anticipated ‘Juke’ Fried Chicken Joint Set For Launch On Friday

by Andrew Morrison | One of the restaurants I've really been looking forward to on our anticipated openings list is Juke in Chinatown. This is, of course,… more 

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Lost Menus, High Rents & The Local Surge In Quality Ice Cream

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On Lost Menus, High Rents & The Local Surge In Quality Ice Cream

by Talia Kleinplatz | In the Vancouver Sun, Mia Stainsby falls for the delicious pizzas and pastas coming out of the second floor kitchen at Nightingale. If… more 

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On No Soup For The Donald And Unsustainable No-Tipping Models

INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On No Soup For The Donald And Unsustainable No-Tipping Models

by Talia Kleinplatz | Donald Trump is set to officially be named the Republican Nominee this week, but it’s good to see that so many restaurants continue to… more 

DINER | Talented Chef Duo To Open ‘Mak N Ming’ In Kitsilano Before The End Of Summer

DINER | Talented Chef Duo To Open ‘Mak N Ming’ In Kitsilano Before The End Of Summer

by Andrew Morrison | Chefs Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng are opening a new restaurant together in the old Thai Star location at 1629 Yew Street in Kitsilano. The… more 

DINER | 36 Seat ‘Lucky Taco’ Opens Softly In Kitsilano, Replacing ‘Supermarine’ On Yew St.

DINER | 36 Seat ‘Lucky Taco’ Opens Softly In Kitsilano, Replacing ‘Supermarine’ On Yew St.

by Andrew Morrison | Lucky Taco held it's first friends and family service on Tuesday night. The new 36 seat restaurant from James Iranzad and Josh Pape of… more 

OPENING SOON | Sneak Peek Inside The New 38 Seat Location Of Tacofino On Mainland St.

OPENING SOON | Sneak Peek Inside The New 38 Seat Location Of Tacofino On Mainland St.

by Andrew Morrison | Just before the weekend I took a look inside the new Yaletown location of Tacofino with owners Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinson (and… 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 Earnest Ice Cream Edible Canada Elementa Espana Exile Bistro Fable Fanny Bay Farmer’s Apprentice Fat Badger Fat Mao 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 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 Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn 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 Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana 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 .