Botanist, the upcoming West Coast-focused new restaurant replacing Oru in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, is now on deck for an April opening with a Chef Hector Laguna at the kitchen helm. Shon Jones-Parry is running the front of house with Jill Spoor on wines and Grant Sceney overseeing the bar/cocktail program together with David Wolowidnyk. A super group, to say the very least. Also on board are local design firm Ste. Marie and the branding/creative team at Glasfurd & Walker. This is the same aesthetic tag team that has resulted in several celebrated and award-winning establishments, among them Kissa Tanto, Savio Volpe, Meat & Bread and Pidgin. Here’s the official word, plus some promotional imagery (that’s Shon, Hector and Jill above with David and Grant paired at below):
Botanist, a new restaurant development with a fresh culinary approach, will open this April on the second floor at Fairmont Pacific Rim. It will celebrate harmony with nature, showcasing the botany of British Columbia and the region in an environment that is as rich and diverse as the terroir it represents. The experience will reflect a new Pacific Northwest, one that has always been here, just waiting to be discovered.
The vibrant restaurant space will feature collection of diverse venues – a cocktail bar and lab, garden, dining room, and champagne lounge, all inspired by the principals of botany.
Botanist will be helmed by Restaurant General Manager Shon Jones-Parry, and Executive Chef Hector Laguna, whose culinary pedigree spans across top foodie destinations and kitchens in San Francisco, Miami, Toronto and locally in Vancouver.
Under the creative direction of celebrated bartender, Grant Sceney, the Botanist’s bar and cocktail lab will be led by a talented roster of award-winning bartenders and cocktail experts including Head Bartender David Wolowidnyk. The champagne lounge and wine program will be overseen by Wine Director Jill Spoor.
Botanist is a Vancouver collaboration with design firm Ste. Marie Design and award-winning Glasfurd & Walker.
Follow along its journey through the pages of the Botanist journal on Instagram and Facebook #botanistjournal.