by Andrew Morrison | A walk past The Union location in Strathcona (219 Union off Main) the other night showed it nearly finished. The southeast Asian project from the people behind Habit Lounge and The Cascade will seat 84 when it opens between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. As you can see from the shots below, the place is looking awesome (yes, those are lyrics from Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” around the kitchen window). Further details on the upcoming restaurant and bar here.
by Andrew Morrison | I made mention of The Union in an “opening soon” piece for the paper many, many months ago (285 days ago to be exact), but work on it was delayed due to the typical snafus associated with brand new buildings. The restaurant, due this December (fingers crossed), is located at 219 Union St. at the foot of the new V6A building where Strathcona connects with Main St. on Union St. at the southern reach of Chinatown (next to the Jimi Hendrix shrine). The crew behind it are the same folks that brought us Habit Lounge and The Cascade further up Main, namely Nick Devine, Wendy Nicolay, Nigel Pike, David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds. Read more
We broke the news a couple of weeks ago that Latitude was merging with The Cascade Room and Habit Lounge (it’s a family affair) and would shut down for some slight design tweaks by the room’s original aesthetes and an expansion of chef Lisa Henderson’s Pan-American menu. We’ve been told that both are coming along nicely. It seems as if the bar program is now getting the most attention. Nick Devine – who created the cocktail lists at both Habit and Cascade – has created a new cocktail list and will be behind the bar when the refreshed Latitude re-opens, serving all the classic Latin cocktails (think Margaritas, Caipirinhas, Mojitos, Batidas, Pisco Sours, Daiquiris, etc), and to complement them, Henderson is plating a selection of “bar forward” arepas dishes.
Re-opening day is scheduled for this upcoming Thursday, March 3rd.
We are happy to announce that both Habit Lounge and The Cascade Room are now a proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting two pages for them in our list of recommended restaurants. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page here and here. Read more
Way back on December 7th (as FDR noted, a day that would most certainly live in infamy), good ‘ol Habit Lounge on Main Street rather suddently burst into flames. We broke the sad news: “No one was hurt, thank goodness. According to the fire department, the fire started in a kitchen garbage can in the wee hours. Co-owner Nigel Pike got a call at 6:30am and found the place filled with black smoke. All that lovely orange covered in black soot!”
We are now happy to report that – nine months later – they’ve finally opened and it’s dead sexy, with shades of your grandpa’s basement circa 1976 (if your grandpa was Hugh Hefner without the creepy). Read more
Lisa Henderson and Larry Nicolay, former owners of Tofino’s superb Raincoast Café, are opening a new restaurant at 3250 Main St. called Latitude. Located in the old Budapest Restaurant spot, the totally redone room will see 46 seats with a 6 seat marble bar and a small patio out front. The design is coming courtesy of Evoke ID, the design firm responsible for such Vancouver rooms as Glowbal, Sanafir, The Cascade Room, and the new Irish Heather (Evoke principal David Nicolay is Larry’s younger brother). I’ve been told that we can expect plenty of walnut, concrete, and marble in a modern space. The concept is wine-forward, with 15 whites and reds by the glass picked from the Americas (from BC all the way down to Chile and Argentina), and affordable food reflecting the same journey. Such a broad theme which will afford them quite a lot of…ahem…latitude. Read more
2616 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E6
Telephone: 604.709.8650 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Mon to Thurs 5pm to 1am | Fri & Sat 5pm to 2am | Sun 5pm to Midnight
Website: www.thecascade.ca | Blog: www.thecascaderoom.blogspot.com
Managers: Nigel Pike, Wendy Nicolay, Nick Devine
Designers: Evoke International Design – www.evoke.ca
About The Cascade Room
The Cascade Room was created as a simple nod to the British Pub. Chef Travis Williams offers a menu with straightforward and honest food at good value.
Wholesome, quality ingredients are featured: from wild seafood products that follow the Ocean Wise mandate, to “in house” pizza doughs and al dente pasta, we strive to purchase our products from BC based suppliers, in particular from the Mount Pleasant area, continuing our commitment to the neighbourhood. The incredibly popular daily “meat and potato” specials sell out fast, so come early!
The Cascade Room features an aggressive cocktail program by Nick Devine, steeped in tradition rather than trend. Having worked in Vancouver, San Francisco and London (including a stint in Oxford with Cascade co-owner Nigel Pike), Nick’s philosophy can be summed up as follows: “Whatever you desire, whether it’s a rickey, a daisy, a julep, a sling, a sour, a flip, a toddy or a nog…we’ll endeavour to make it”. Additionally, there are several options on tap, including pub-standard Guinness and our own Cascade Lager. The wine list is varied and affordable, serving a fine complement to Chef Williams’ offerings.
Local design and branding firm Evoke International created an ambience reminiscent of the British Pub, but with a modern twist.