DINER | When Chambar Moves Next Door, What Happens To The Much-Loved Medina?

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by Andrew Morrison | When we recently broke the news about Chambar’s expansion plans, we promised that we’d let you know about the fate of Medina, the dizzyingly popular brunch spot that Chambar is umbilically connected to. First, some background…

Chambar owners Karri and Nico Schuermans launched Medina together with an former employee of theirs, Robbie Kane, almost seven years ago. It was a time when the brunch scene in Vancouver was suffering from broad bouts of ubiquity. Granted, there were a lot of eateries offering brunch back then, but for the most part they adhered hard to the mimosa and benny traditions, which is to say that one could get the same lazy weekend mid-day meal at one restaurant and the next, ad infinitum. Medina was refreshing because it broke through the mold with things like Liege waffles with lavender chocolate and caramel, sizzling fricasee pans of fried eggs with braised short rib, arugula and applewood smoked cheddar (my personal fave), and coffee worthy of a second cup. It didn’t take long for Medina to attract daily line-ups, and soon it expanded to include more seats in a rear dining room. In very short order, it became the most highly recommended brunch spot in the city, a position that it still holds to this day.

So with Chambar moving and expanding their hours to include breakfast and brunch, the fate of Medina was unclear. The lease might be up, but even it wasn’t it would have to close so Nico and Karri wouldn’t have to compete with themselves right next door when they launched Chambar 2.0. But will Medina ever re-open? Of course it will. It’s too successful a brand to be left by the wayside, but it will have to move.

“I just want to tell all our customers that they shouldn’t worry,” Robbie told me over the weekend. “I’m looking for a new location for Medina as we speak, and I’m looking very hard.” Where that will be remains up in the air (we’ll let you know as soon as the deal is signed), but Robbie hopes to have the new Medina open this Spring, roundabout the same time that the old Medina closes.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Crosstown’s “Café Medina” On The Hunt For Cook And Barista

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Crosstown's Cafe Medina aims to provide "sweet sustenance for those on the move" during the Games

The GOODS from Cafe Medina

Vancouver BC | Cafe Medina is looking for some muscle for front and back of house. Up front we are looking for seasoned barista. Experience in high volume is a must. Successful applicants will have excellent knowledge of coffee and equipment amd be able to utilize their skills consistently during high volume times while providing great customer service. Resume may be emailed to info@medinacafe.com or dropped off in person. In the back we are looking for a passionate cook with a minimum of 3 years of experience cooking in high volume restaurants who is looking for a full-time days-only position. Applicants can send their resumes to adam@medinacafe.com. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Beatty’s “Cafe Medina” Looking For Experienced Servers

Crosstown's Cafe Medina is located at 556 Beatty Street in Vancouver BC | 604-879-3114 | www.medinacafe.com

The GOODS from Cafe Medina

Vancouver, BC | Café Medina is looking for servers. We are particularly looking for new team members with experience, stamina and the ability to exhibit grace under pressure. Successful candidates will have an abundance of personality and lots of experience, food knowledge and be willing and able to start early (this is a day time gig). Forward your resume to info@medinacafe.com or drop it off in person. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Crosstown’s “Café Medina” Looking For Baristas And Bussers

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Crosstown's Cafe Medina aims to provide "sweet sustenance for those on the move" during the Games

The GOODS from Cafe Medina

Vancouver BC | Café Medina looking for seasoned, all-rounder baristas/servers assistant. Experience in high volume a must. Successful applicants must have good knowledge of coffee and equipment, and have strong barista skills, which is to say the ability to consistently do latte art and make coffee quickly while multi-tasking and providing great customer service. Resumes may be emailed to info@medinacafe.com or dropped off in person. Learn more about the cafe after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Crosstown’s “Cafe Medina” On The Hunt For A Well Seasoned Barista

November 8, 2011 

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Crosstown's Cafe Medina aims to provide "sweet sustenance for those on the move" during the Games

The GOODS from Cafe Medina

Vancouver BC | Café Medina looking for seasoned barista. Experience in high volume a must. Successful applicants must have good knowledge of coffee and equipment, have strong skills meaning be able to consistently do latte art and make coffee quickly while multitasking and providing great customer service. Resume may be emailed to info@medinacafe.com or dropped off in person. Read more

AWESOME THING WE DRANK #669: Latte Flavoured With Lavender At “Cafe Medina”

October 26, 2011 

Lavender Latte  | $4 | Cafe Medina | 556 Beatty Street 

Chambar & Siblings Win Big in Georgia Straight Reader Poll

September 26, 2010 

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Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver's Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

News from Scout supporter Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The people have spoken. For the 15th Annual Best of Vancouver issue, Georgia Straight readers have voted Beatty Street’s culinary row as their favourite stop, day and night, for all things food and drink. Evening hotspot Chambar Restaurant took first place as the city’s Best Independent Restaurant, with daytime counterpart Café Medina awarded as the definitive destination for Best Brunch, and neighbouring culinary playground, The Dirty Apron lauded as Vancouver’s Best Cooking School.

Karri and Nico Schuermans have been entertaining a packed house since opening the doors to Chambar back in 2004. Three years later, their casual approach to offering the finer points of food, wine and service translated into Chambar’s daytime counterpart, Café Medina. Partnering with long time employee, Robbie Kane, the stylish cafe became renowned citywide for its eclectic menus, incredible coffee and tempting Belgian waffles. Never content to rest on their laurels, the Schuermans opened The Dirty Apron Cooking School in 2009 with Chambar’s then sous chef, David Robertson. An instant hit, the culinary playground continues to teach gourmets and toast burners alike the tricks of the trade. Set to open in October, The Dirty Apron Delicatessen will cater to those wishing to align convenience with at-home gourmet. Read more

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Café Medina OPENS TAKE-OUT WINDOW IN TIME FOR OLYMPIC LINES

February 5, 2010 

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Crosstown's Cafe Medina aims to provide "sweet sustenance for those on the move" during the Games

News from Scout supporter Cafe Medina

Vancouver BC | Olympic game goers and Vancouverites alike will be pleased to know that Café Medina’s mouth-watering waffles and connoisseur-savvy coffees will be available at the café’s new take-out window.

Located at the entrance of the café, the take-out window has been implemented in response to the influx of people that will be using Beatty Street as a thoroughfare during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Sure to be a welcome addition to a neighbourhood that will soon be bustling with foot traffic, the new take-out window will cater to passersby looking to lounge in between destinations or those hoping to grab a little sweet sustenance while on the move. Read more

Medina Café

October 4, 2008 

Details

556 Beatty Street, Vancouver BC | MAP
Tel: 604-879-3114
Webs:medinacafe.com
Email: info@medinacafe.com

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The People

Owners: Karri Schuermans, Nico Schuermans, Robbie Kane
Executive Chef: Nico Schuermans
Floor Manager: Robbie Kane

About Medina

A quaint cafe next door to popular night time hang out Chambar, Medina serves tasty and affordable breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes created by owner and chef Nico Schuermans. The room is warm, stylish, and in the evenings doubles as a high-end private dining room.