OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | La Mezcaleria Is On The Lookout For An Assistant Manager

September 17, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is a fast-paced, upbeat restaurant on Commercial Drive with a fantastic group of staff and a heart of gold. We are a passionate family looking for the right fit to fill the demanding position of Assistant Manager. Your duties will include day-to-day service, team management, administration, and general maintenance of the restaurant. We are seeking a professional who has excellent communication skills and can think on their feet. We need someone who is innovative and level headed, a strong leader with a drive to succeed and learn. A love of Mexican culture and what we offer here at La Mezcaleria is a must. 5+ yrs in the industry and prior management experience essential. If this sounds like you and you feel ready for a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a wonderful family, please send us your resume and cover letter with the heading “Assistant Manager Position” addressed to our FOH Manager Tasha at tasha [at] lataqueria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more

OPENING SOON | Lebanese Eatery “Jamjar” Set To Open On Commercial Dr. Next Month

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by Andrew Morrison | A new casual Lebanese eatery called Jamjar is opening for lunch and dinner soon on Commercial Drive off East 7th Avenue.

Its the brainchild of Fadi Eid, who has been working on the project since April with designer Adrienne Kavanagh. Eid comes to Vancouver from Lebanon by way of Abu Dhabi. The hospitality management grad has been working in the trade since his teens, having gotten his start toiling in his uncle’s bakery (of late he’s been working front of house for the Fairmont).

The restaurant’s communal, casual concept will see home-style Lebanese food served in sharable “mezze” fashion (eg. falafel, labneh, mjadra, makanik), with equal focus paid to flat breads (“saj”), traditional stews, and a variety of flavoured humus and dips (eg. beet, avocado-cilantro, etc.). The latter will also be sold in branded jars that customers can re-use by bringing them back for refills at a discounted price. The restaurant’s flat bread, flavoured olive oilsm and spices will also be retailed. You can read a draft of the menu here. Lunch will change daily, but the dinner card will be more or less fixed.

To pair with the food, the short bar will be serving local beer and wine, as well as cocktails employing Mediterranean herbs and Levantine spices.

I’ve included Kavanagh’s design renderings with the image set below. The models make it look super clean and modern, but she’s found some cool pieces at Scott Landon Antiques to give the 32 seat space some character, and you never know what an open kitchen can do to the feel of a place when it pumps out the intoxicating aromas of exotic spices and freshly baked breads.

Opening day at Jamjar (2280 Commercial Drive) is set for the end of September.

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GOODS | Happy Hour Arrives On Commercial Drive With New Specials At “La Mezcaleria”

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC |­ La Mezcaleria on The Drive is embracing Happy Hour with new specials available Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, we’ll be hosting a late night Happy Hour from midnight to 1:30am. Local craft beer including Parallel 49 Lager, 33 Acres of “Ocean”, and Four Winds Saison will be served in little glasses, Mexican cantina-style (cañas – 8 ounce beers) for only $3. El Jimador Silver and Reposado shots will be available for $4, while LA Cetto Chenin blanc from Mexico and Bodega Munoz Garnacha from Spain will be available for $5 a glass. Lastly, for cocktails, we have Gin for Jaime, a Mexican style gin and tonic with fresh ginger and cucumber, and our freshly made, hand-squeezed classic margaritas served on the rocks for $8. There’s something for everyone with taste and time… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “La Mezcaleria” Is On The Hunt For An Experienced Bartender

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is looking to bring a strong Bartender and a hardworking Bar Back onto the team. The former must have a minimum of 2-3 years experience behind the bar the following qualities: hard working, fun, fast, smart, creative and the know-how to make delicious, balanced drinks. This is a great place to work and a great team. If you fit the bill, we’d love to meet you! Send your resume and cover letter to kelly [at] lataqueria.ca. Compensation: industry standard + tips. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “La Mezcaleria” On The Hunt For A Keen, Experienced Host

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | Are you vivacious, energetic, organized, and confident? We need you! Our Host is the first face of La Mezcaleria and therefore incredibly important to us. You will represent our brand, our family and our vibe. This is a demanding position. Are you up for the challenge? 2+ years of experience is a must, and Spanish is an asset. Please send your resume and cover letter to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #921 | Super Hot & Bubbly Queso Fundido At “La Mezcaleria”

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Delivered piping hot in an impervious molcajete bowl (made from volcanic stone bowl), the queso fundido with chorizo at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive is a delicate but delicious operation. If you bring children to it, they will require assistance. The best way to eat it, according to managing partner Ignacio Arrieta, is to fork it out in coalesced globules (that might burn a hole through lesser metals) and smear it onto the provided tortillas which you then mount with guacamole and squirt with chile de arbol salsa. Pair yours with either a Michelada or a Margarita, and have yourself a very swell evening.

1220 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Cannibal Cafe On The Drive Is Looking For An Executive Chef

The Cannibal Cafe is located at 1818 Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC | 604-558-4199 | www.cannibalcafe.ca

The Cannibal Cafe is located at 1818 Commercial Drive in Vancouver BC | 604-558-4199 | www.cannibalcafe.ca

The GOODS from Cannibal Cafe

Vancouver, BC | Want to be at the helm of serving the BEST gourmet burgers in the city? The Cannibal Cafe is looking for an executive chef with a minimum of 3 years experience. We are currently in the process of expanding our brand with another location opening in late fall. We’re looking for the right candidate to organize and maximize the productivity of our kitchen staff through strong, effective leadership and management, while overseeing the day to day control of labour and food costs. This position requires the highest level of organization, work ethic and a high execution of product quality, presentation and creativity. An in-depth knowledge of labour and food costing for restaurants is a must for this position. Please email your cover letter and resume to: thecannibalcafe[at]gmail.com. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “La Mezcaleria” On The Lookout For Experienced Servers

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | We looking for dynamic and highly motivated experienced servers. This is a great opportunity to be a part of our family. Located in the hub of Commercial Drive, La Mezcaleria is an authentic Mexican restaurant with a vivacious energy and the drive to succeed. We are seeking strong servers who will work late nights Fridays/Saturdays and are flexible to cover shifts when needed. If you have a passion for Mexican food and want to be a vital part of our team, please send your cover letter and resume to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca. Spanish is an asset. Serving it Right-certified and 3+ years experience. Lear more about La Mezcaleria after the jump… Read more

Commercial Drive

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The aptly named Commercial Drive is the most popular street in Grandview-Woodlands, a wh. It got its start in Vancouver’s own beginnings as a lengthy trackway for dragging felled logs down to the waterfront. An 1890′s streetcar line connecting New Westminster to Vancouver ensured its rise as a small business high street, and eventually earned it its name-change from Park Drive to Commercial Drive. It had it ups and downs between the wars as its peripheral blocks were filled in with houses, and it wasn’t until the 1950′s that its present day cultural character would begin to metastasize. Post-war Italian immigration and an increasingly heavy Italian business presence on Commercial Drive would result in the area garnering its “Little Italy” moniker. Later immigration from Portugal, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia added more diversity to the mix, as did a slow but vital trickle of artists, musicians, and politically activists. A distinctly permissive counter-culture had a lock on the neighbourhood by the 1980′s, and despite the creep of gentrification it has never really let go. Today, Commercial Drive is one of the most vibrant and culturally exciting streets in the city. A walk of its length, from Venables to Broadway, is always a enlivening breath of fresh air.

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On Commercial Drive at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing several shades of incense amalgamated into one dun brown; high quality marijuana; Prado coffee tri-colour; aspirational Italian male Ferrari red and yellow golf shirts; yoga mat lavender; VW Type 2 van rust; Joe’s Cafe rainbow (six colours); summer day sidewalk.

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LOTS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN AWESOMENESS AT ATTIC TREASURES
CUSTOMERS SHAZAMMING WHATEVER RECORD IS SPINNING AT AUDIOPILE
PLENTY OF GROWN-UP SUPER PRIVATE FUN TIME TOYS AT WOMEN’S WARE
SHOP KEEPER & CAFE OWNER SENSITIVITY TO “OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK”
BLACK VELVET PAINTING COLLECTION AT LITTLE MISS VINTAGE
SAUSAGE AND FISH SMOKE ON CAR FREE DAYS
WELCOMING QUEER LGBT COMMUNITY
THE CONSTANT THREAT OF HACKEYSACK
THE INTOXICATING INCENSE SMELL INSIDE (AND OUTSIDE) OF PARANADA TRADERS
HAPPY HARMLESS PEOPLE SMOKING MARIJUANA LIKE IT WAS LEGALISED IN THE REAGAN YEARS
BEDOUIN WORLD TRANCE WIZARD YOGA*
THE TIMELESSLY GARISH INTERIOR OF CAFE CALABRIA
HOMELESS DOGS IN NECKERCHIEFS GUARDING A LIQUOR STORE
MIDNIGHT MOVIES AT THE (LICENSED) RIO THEATRE
EVERYBODY WEARS PATCHOULI TUESDAY
BEER FETISHISTS SCHOOLING SERVERS AT BIERCRAFT
PEOPLE PEOPLE WATCHING THE PEOPLE WATCHERS ON THE PATIO AT HAVANA
SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ AT TANGENT CAFE
MIDDLE-AGED ITALIAN MEN GOSSIPING OUTSIDE ABRUZZO CAPPUCCINO BAR
SKATEBOARD WHEEL VENDING MACHINE AT BLVD SKATESHOP

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SCHNITZEL SANDWICHES AND GERMAN CHEESECAKE AT ANDY’S BAKERY
PAPUSAS FROM RICONCITO SALVADORENO
SAINT HONORE CAKE FROM FRATELLI’S BAKERY
THE FALAFEL AT DONAIR TOWN
WING WING CHINESE SAUSAGES FROM SOUTH CHINA SEAS TRADING CO. (ON VICTORIA DR.)
AL PASTOR TACOS AND COLD, SPICY, TAJIN SPICE-RIMMED MICHELADAS AT LA MEZCALERIA
COLD WHITE WINE AND FRESH OYSTERS AT MERCHANT’S
“LEMMY” POBLANO BRUNCH AT BANDIDAS
DIY ITALIAN SANDWICHES AT LA GROTTA DEL FORMAGGIO
UK-STYLE FISH & CHIPS AT WINDJAMMER’S
PEANUT BUTTER CUP AT BUMP & GRIND
BOMBER BEER AT BIERCRAFT
PROPER SAMOSAS AT SWEET CHERUBIN
HEATHER’S BUTTERMILK LOAVES AT UPRISING BREADS BAKERY (ON VENABLES ST.)
AUTHENTIC NEAPOLITAN PIZZAS AT VIA TEVERE (ON VICTORIA DR.)
COFFEE AND SUNDAY BRUNCH AT PRADO CAFE
EASTER COOKIES AT ELIZABETH’S BAKERY
JERK CHICKEN AT RIDDIM & SPICE
SPAGHETTI & RIBS AT NICK’S SPAGHETTI HOUSE
MONKEY’S LUNCH SMOOTHIES AT ETERNAL ABUNDANCE

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- The name “Grand View” is said to have originated from a hand-painted sign located on First Avenue in 1892.

- Commercial Drive started as a skid road for logs en route to the old Hastings Mill on Dunlevy.

- Ice hockey can be played year round at the Britannia Rink.

- Following World War II, many of Vancouver’s Italian-Canadian population migrated from Strathcona to Commercial Drive, leading to its nickname as “Little Italy”.

- In the Blvd Skateshop there is a gigantic photo reproduction of the 1986 Thrasher Magazine cover that put Vancouver’s skateparks on the world’s skateboarding radar. It features a young Chris Miller tucking a frontside air over one of the hips at Seylynn Bowl in North Van.

- Early Squamish settlers identified the southern section of Grandview-Woodland as Khupkhahpay’ay, which translates to “cedar tree”.

- Trout Lake (or Blackie’s Lake as it was originally called) is the only lake in the city of Vancouver.

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WELCOME | The Cannibal Cafe On The Drive Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

October 28, 2013 

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We’ve invited The Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to chill and knock back a burger with a beer. They are now a proud member of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a juicier place to be.

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AWESOME THING WE ATE #907 | Smoked Gouda Bacon Burger At The Cannibal Cafe

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by Andrew Morrison | The best burger I’ve had since Mamie Taylor’s was recently wolfed at The Cannibal Cafe on Commercial Drive. They invite diners to build their own, and mine was a beast on brioche that was layered with applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, horseradish mayo, iceburg lettuce, tomato, onion, and smoked gouda. It was really well constructed and balanced (if not designed, ahem), and I like that diners get to choose the “doneness”. I also love how they crisp the circumference of the bun so the sauces don’t get all uppity in their soakitude. The modest set of taps (and mason jar pours) magnetise the bar, as do the no-nonsense but wicked friendly staffers. It was my first time in, and aside from all the few loud Edmonton Oilers fans out for their opener (see you in five more years, rookies), I really dug the space, which felt about authentic as it gets for The Drive. The punk rock gig poster wallpaper effect is charming, and as an ancient fan of local band SNFU, I think the branding is spot on. It definitely had me humming away…


The food ain’t bad and the food ain’t good
Don’t dare order the “Leper’s foot”
I recommend the “Ass of a farmer’s wife”
Very tender, not too juicy, heavy on the cellulite

Come with me, I’m on my way
To the Cannibal Cafe
Won’t you come to the only place
Where you can be the Special Of The Day

1818 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4199 | www.cannibalcafe.ca

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The Cannibal Cafe

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Details

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1818 Commercial Drive | Vancouver BC V5N 4A5
Telephone: 604-558-4199
Web: www.cannibalcafe.ca | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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The People

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Owner: Matt Thompson
General Manager: Jen Temple

About The Cannibal Cafe

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The Cannibal Café is Commercial Drive’s newest restaurant, serving up hand ground beef burgers and authentic milkshakes in a nostalgic, rockin’ diner-esque environment. Inside you’ll find a gorgeous bar, a sleek and clean atmosphere and walls decked out in concert posters from the 90’s heyday of Vancouver indie rock from forgotten venues like The Town Pump and The Hungry Eye.

The Cannibal Cafe grinds 3 cuts of Alberta Beef; Brisket for it’s flavour, Short Rib for it’s rich marbling and Chuck, cause he’s a nice guy. The meat is hand ground daily in house to very specific standards then cooked to your preferred doneness.  Open 7 days a week, we are located at 1818 Commercial Drive, serving up the freshest and tastiest burgers to come to this city!

Reviews

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The Georgia Straight | We Are Local | Scout Magazine | GZine Blog

DINER: Buoyed By Public Support, “Little Nest” Owner Is Hoping To Open Elsewhere

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Remember when we posted about Commercial Drive’s awesome Little Nest being forced to shutter at the end of July after their really awesome landlord raised the rent by an fuck you 50%? Well, since D-Day was approaching, we contacted the kid friendly restaurant’s owner, Mary MacIntyre, to get an update on what’s happening. Is Little Nest gone for good? “I actually have some good news,” she says. “We are staying open a little longer.” Why? “I was really encouraged by the overwhelming level of support and so I’ve decided to look for another venue.” And what happens next? ”I will keep the doors open as long as I can until we find a place to move. I am still paying the new rent month to month so I do need to leave our current location as soon as I can.” Our selfish vote is for the DTES or Strathcona proper, but we’ll take it wherever it lands.

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WELCOME: “La Mezcaleria” On The Drive Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

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We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s new La Mezcaleria to join our GOODS section as an awesome place to spend an evening. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a tastier place to be.

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