This Spanish Restaurant for Blood Alley, Please

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(via) This morning I rewatched the City of Vancouver’s short video about the revitalization of Blood Alley and it got me thinking about this restaurant I’d recently come across while on procrastination safari…

WHAT IT IS: Casaplata is new restaurant and cocktail bar designed by Spanish architecture firm Lucas y Hernández-Gil. It’s refreshingly stark and utilitarian, not to mention functional.

Most of the tables – their soft pastels showing bright against the drab concrete walls and floors – can be moved about on wheels. Some of them are even perforated. And those high stools are cool AF.

I especially love the oft-repeated circle motif in the otherwise boxy space (mirrors, wall divisions, door portholes, halos, table tops), and that yellow table of six in the little nook looks like it would be a really unique place to get to know the cuisine of the place.

WHERE IT IS: On the Calle Amor de Dios in the Andalusian city of Seville in Spain.

WHERE WE WISH IT WAS: In Gastown, specifically the upcoming redevelopment of Blood Alley Square.

WHY WE WISH IT WAS THERE: We’d sooner have something interesting, independent and design-minded than a chain restaurant or something safe or boring here, which is what I worry we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the neighbourhood. Granted, Gastown already has two other Spanish-themed restaurants (Sardine Can, Tempranillo), but I’d welcome another if it was run well, tasted great and looked this good. What’s more, Casaplata’s spartan feel, naturally lit concrete, and bright splashes of colour appear to match/complement all of Blood Alley’s existing establishments (Salt Tasting Room, Gringo, MeeT, Tacofino). In short, it just fits!

photos by Juan Delgado

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Blood Alley
The alleyway connecting Carrall St. to Abbott St. in Gastown. Despite popular belief, its name has nothing to do with grisly turn-of-the-century violence, but was rather invented in the 1970s. Its original name was Trounce Alley. Slated for redevelopment.
Neighbourhood: Gastown
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