On Accidentally Stumbling Into The Most Delicious Luck Ever…

by Andrew Morrison | I took my kids out for dinner at Sea Monstr Sushi in Gastown last night and the chef, Keith, told us that they boys and girls at Peckinpah down the street were testing their brand new meat smoker for the very first time. So we paid the bill and split pretty quick. Popping our heads in, we could smell the work in progress. If you can imagine a flower – the best flower ever with an aroma so intoxicating that it made your knees weak – then imagine a glorious field of them in full bloom. That was the smell when we walked in.

The smoker, a big metal beast behind the bar, would open in 30 minutes. Can we come back and watch? “Sure. You can try some too if you want.” So we went over to L’Abattoir for dessert (awesome) and then returned just in time for the christening. I didn’t have a proper camera to record the occasion, only my iPhone. We stuck around and ate some ribs and sausage, and I’m still reeling from the unexpected joy.

“Daddy, when will it open?” Patience, my son. Peckinpah is still very much under construction, but they aim to unleash shortly, as in before Christmas. So be good for goodness sake.

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Inside Gastown’s “Peckinpah” As It Gets Closer To Opening Day…

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by Andrew Morrison | I took a gander inside the Peckinpah space yesterday to see how they were coming along. They’ve suffered some delays but it appears as if they’re back on track. As you can see from the photos below, the bar has taken shape, and much of the kitchen equipment has been installed (the brand new smoker looks and smells amazing). Cooler still are the archaeological finds. Behind a false wall downstairs where the washrooms are being built they discovered a Georgia Straight wallpaper job dating back to the year I was born (1973), a series of antique bottles, a dusty book of mint condition vinyl (still in their yellowing sleeves) and much more. Take a look:

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Tyson Reimer & Ryan Murfitt To Open “Peckinpah” In Gastown…

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Restaurant builder Ryan Murfitt (Bao Bei, Calabash, and many more) and restaurateur Tyson Reimer (Cobre, Deacon’s Corner) have secured a lease of the ground floor at 2 Water Street. If you’re not familiar with the address it’s the beautiful Italianate-style Byrnes Block (1887) next door to Six Acres. It’s a heck of a corner location, facing out on on both Carrall and Water. Photos and more after the jump… Read more

Gastown Blues & Chili Festival Shuts Abbott St. To Fill Bellies

September 21, 2009 

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Melissa, Tyson, and Ryan from Gastown's Deacon's Corner accept their award for the day's best chili

Yesterday’s inaugural Gastown Blues & Chili Festival made for a filling and fascinating time. My job was to arrive in front of Revel on Abbott St. by 12:45pm to join my fellow judges, and then spend the next two hours tasting and ranking 16 different chilis from neighbourhood restaurants (The Alibi Room, The Irish Heather, Boneta, The Diamond, Wild Rice, Cobre, Chill Winston, Deacon’s Corner and more). Read more

First Look At Gastown’s New Deacon’s Corner

Deacon’s Corner, the new diner project from the folks who brought us Gastown’s Cobre, has now opened at 101 Alexander, just exactly one block east of Incendio. I took my youngest son down for some Mac & Cheese today and took a few snaps. It’s comfortably no frills, and though there’s still a little bit of work to be done it’s easy to imagine them doing well. We went early and it was dead (they’d just opened), but then it filled up remarkably fast with walk-ins.

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If you’re curious as to how Deacon’s Corner developed over time, I’ve dug up some “opening soon” pics below for your perusal and comparison:

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And here’s what we wrote when we first got wind of it back in November:

Located at 101 Main at Alexander across the street from the Alibi Room and just two blocks east of a resurgent Gastown’s gritty glitz, the joint will sling the stuff of diner legend: corned beef hash; biscuits and gravy; meatloaf; and I assume a variety of other wholesome bits of chow. It’s food we might be needing to get used if things get bad. Really, if the markets totally implode (and I mean more than they already have and Vancouver is plunged into a recession worse than the early 80’s), this stuff will be like cake. If the markets stabilise and everything is cool, Barack Obama might turn out to be faulty charm robot from the future and we may also be plunged into a war with China after Pakistan and India trade frisky nukes in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. Either way, I’m looking forward to the corned beef hash, and no matter what the next six months bring, the nearby cop shop will likely provide them with lots of trade. Always wise to saddle up to a customer base that won’t be seeing massive layoffs any time soon. Good security, too.

Deacon’s Corner was the name of an old gas station near owner Tyson Reimer’s childhood hood outside Winnipeg. “We aren’t doing anything modern,” he told me by phone tonight. “No wraps. No breakfast burritos. We want to stay true to the classic diner.”

Take a look at the menus – Breakfast and Lunch. Breakfast all day! Word.

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Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, and a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines.

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First Look At Deacon’s Corner

With the economy teetering on the total tank, opening a 30′s style, 75-seat lunch counter diner ain’t such a bad idea. Say hello to Deacon’s Corner, an under construction, 7am to 3pm, cheap and cheerful greasy spoon from the folks who gave us Powell St.’s Cobre. Opening day is slated for a little over a week away.

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Located at 101 Main at Alexander across the street from the Alibi Room and just two blocks east of a resurgent Gastown’s gritty glitz, the joint will sling the stuff of diner legend: corned beef hash; biscuits and gravy; meatloaf; and I assume a variety of other wholesome bits of chow. It’s food we might be needing to get used if things get bad. Really, if the markets totally implode (and I mean more than they already have and Vancouver is plunged into a recession worse than the early 80′s), this stuff will be like cake. If the markets stabilise and everything is cool, Barack Obama might turn out to be faulty charm robot from the future and we may also be plunged into a war with China after Pakistan and India trade frisky nukes in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. Either way, I’m looking forward to the corned beef hash, and no matter what the next six months bring, the nearby cop shop will likely provide them with lots of trade. Always wise to saddle up to a customer base that won’t be seeing massive layoffs any time soon. Good security, too.

Deacon’s Corner was the name of an old gas station near owner Tyson Reimer’s childhood hood outside Winnipeg. “We aren’t doing anything modern,” he told me by phone tonight. “No wraps. No breakfast burritos. We want to stay true to the classic diner.”

Anticipated Openings

October 5, 2008 

On this page we catalogue Vancouver’s first looks at new and exciting restaurants. Businesses don’t pay to get on this list. It is curated by Scout’s editorial team so not every upcoming joint cracks it. It is how we weed out the chaff and keep track of the wheat. Click on any of them to get the skinny. If you know of a restaurant or food business in the works that you consider worth checking out, email andrew [at] scoutmagazine.ca with the details

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Earnest Ice Cream

Their smashing success has made the maintenance of the status quo impossible, so owners Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi have decided to expand. They’ve just taken possession of the old Organic Lives space at 1829 Quebec Street …

Lukes General Store

Following up on the success of their Chinatown pop-up, Lukes General Store is set to open a permanent location at 49 West Hastings on the Downtown Eastside. If the address doesn’t ring a…

Heirloom Juice Co.

The old crepe restaurant at 2861 Granville will soon be replaced by Heirloom Juice Co., an off-shoot of the Heirloom Vegetarian eatery nearby at 1509 West 12th. The food/drink menu is being designed…

Tacofino Gastown

Gastown’s ancient and long dormant Pig & Whistle location (15 West Cordova) has been attracting plenty interested parties looking to capitalise on the neighbourhood’s rise. It’s nothing short of…

Grapes & Soda

Two weeks ago, chef David Gunawan and Dara Young of Farmer’s Apprentice picked up the wee space next door at 1537 West 6th Avenue (between Fir & Granville). With it, they’ll be opening a 25 seat…

Wide Open Throttle

Brothers Greg and David Faber have taken a 10 year lease out on the old Bank of Montreal building at Main and Prior (across from Farina and the Cobalt). They are looking to turn it into a quality cafe…

Au Comptoir (Open)

Though it won’t be open until the early Autumn, “Au Comptoir” should be on every Vancouver food-lover’s radar. The 50 seat restaurant currently under construction at 2287 West 4th Avenue…

Jamjar (Open)

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…

Steel Toad (Open)

Steel Toad is a new brewpub opening later this month. Located in the old 1918 steel foundry at 97 East 2nd Avenue between Ontario & Quebec, it’s almost as big as the others, boasting 175 liquor primary seats on the main floor…

Los Cuervos Expansion (Open)

Good news, taco lovers. Los Cuervos Taqueria is set to expand into the old Che Baba yoga studio space next door. The Fraserhood eatery has been in possession of the umbilically-attached 600 sqft address…

Gyoza Bar (Open)

Seigo Nakamura the owner of the Miku and Minami restaurants, has just taken possession of 620 West Pender St. in downtown Vancouver. Instead of continuing on with the aburi-sushi theme of his previous eateries…

Meat & Bread – Victoria (Open)

Frankie Harrington, Cord Jarvie, and Joseph Sartor are opening a new location of Meat & Bread – their third – at 721 Yates Street in Victoria, BC’s old Churchill Building. That’s between Douglas and Blanshard…

The New Medina (Open)

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…

The New Chambar (Open)

The Belgian/Moroccan-themed themed Chambar, inarguably the most impactful restaurant to open in Vancouver in the last decade, will be moving into the building next door that is currently under the renovation knife…

The Abbey (Open)

The well respected pair take possession on February 1st and are joined in ownership this time around by Michel Durocher, who has been part of the company since long before he started managing…

Pallet Coffee Roasters (Open)

Residents and workers on the western stretch of Hastings-Sunrise will soon be getting a caffeinated kick in their collective butt with the coming of Pallet Coffee Roasters…

Wolf In The Fog (Open)

I was up in Tofino over the weekend and was able to take a good look inside the construction site of Wolf In The Fog, a two storey eatery soon to open at the gates of town on the corner of Fourth & Campbell…

The Juice Truck (Open)

We recently took a look inside the upcoming brick and mortar location of The Juice Truck at 28 West 5th Avenue between Manitoba and Ontario. Owners Zach Berman and Ryan Slater picked up the 5,000 sqft space…

Pizza Fabrika (Open)

The former owners of Davie’s La Brasserie, brothers Michael & Stephen Wiese, have secured the old Rasoee spot at 1680 Robson St. between Cardero and Bidwell. With it, they aim to open a new pizzeria by early June…

Crackle Creme (Open)

Get your spoons ready, folks. Crackle Creme (pronounced “crack le creme”) is a tiny, 450 sqft cafe currently under construction at 245 Union St. right next door to Harvest Community Foods on the western…

Bufala (Open)

Josh Pape and James Iranzad, the owner-operators of Wildebeest in Gastown, are opening a new restaurant, this time in Kerrisdale. It’s to be a 55 seater called Bufala, so named – one assumes – after the Italian…

The Fat Badger (Open)

When Le Gavroche closed last month after some 35 years in business at 1616 Alberni, I half expected to see its old Victorian shell knocked down in favour of some crappy condo that a prominent architect staffed out to a junior…

Shirakawa (Open)

High end Japanese restaurant company Itoh Dining is opening its first North American restaurant, Shirakawa, in the steel and glass box that was the final incarnation of Boneta, which closed just before Christmas…

Prontino (Open)

The beautiful, unassuming little Pronto eatery in Cambie Village has just launched a wine and cocktail-forward looker right next door. It’s called, rather fittingly, Prontino. I’ve had a day to digest what I saw on…

Belgard Kitchen (Open)

55 Dunlevy St. has seen a lot since the Vancouver Urban Winery took it over a couple of years ago. The old railtown address, all 7,700 sqft of it, is home to not only VUW – with its own Roaring Twenties Wine…

Pazzo Chow (Open)

Maya Sciarretta of Sugo Sauce is set to open Pazzo Chow in Chinatown on Wednesday, April 1st (no fooling). The little eatery/delicatessen is the next step for Sciarretta after a successful couple of years sharing her passion for…

Blacktail Florist (Open)

Is there room for another interesting restaurant in Gastown? Absolutely. A lot of people fear a future of fewer original restaurants in the neighbourhood (increased Donnellization, chains moving in, etc), so I think…

Exhile Bistro (Open)

The West End will land a new and very interesting eatery called Exile tomorrow. The 20 seater is located at 1220 Bute St. off Davie in the old House of Empanadas spot. The owner is Vanessa Bourget, a…

Cinara (Open)

La Pentola owner/chef Lucais Syme and his wife Jill have secured the 1,500 sqft ground floor corner space of the Victoria Block. That’s underneath the old Victorian Hotel at West Pender and Homer…

Matchstick Chinatown (Open)

The good folks at the Fraserhood’s awesome Matchstick Coffee Roasters have picked up a space in Chinatown. If you’re unfamiliar with Matchstick, they’ve been kicking ass at Fraser & Kingsway for…

The Fox Cabaret (Open)

The old Waldorf crew – Ernesto Gomez, Thomas Anselmi, and Danny Fazio – have partnered up with David Duprey and Rachel Zottenburg, they of The Rickshaw, Rumpus and Narrow. Together, this super…

The Roof Pop-Up (Open)

To celebrate its 75th anniversary this year, the Hotel Vancouver will be transforming its main floor lobby and lounge to the tune of $12 million. Construction begins this month and won’t be completed until the Autumn…

Basho (Open)

Local food industry veterans Miju Kawai and Hiroshi Kawai are aiming to open a darling little Japanese cafe this week or the next with their daughter, Moeno. The 16 seater is called Basho…

Greenhorn Espresso Bar (Open)

Close to the epicentre of what was once their bit of good earth is 994 Nicola St., a long vacant spot that will soon welcome the Greenhorn Espresso Bar. Owned by first timers Walter Le Deca and Ganga Jolicoeur, it is…

Timbertrain (Open)

A new cafe called Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is opening soon at 311 West Cordova (the old Dream boutique space in the heritage Petrina Block building across from Old Faithful). It’s owned by three young…

The Fish Counter (Open)

Rob Clark – former executive chef at “C”, co-founder of the Chefs Table Society of BC, two-time Gold Medal Plates Vancouver winner (and other things besides) – has joined forces with…

Yolks (Open)

When they upped sticks and sold it off to the big bad developers (who’ve put a demolition clause on the place), the founder of the Yolks breakfast food truck, chef Steve Ewing (ex-Raincity Grill, Beachside, French Laundry…

Rain Or Shine (Open)

A new ice cream parlour officially opens today on the West 4th strip in Kits. Rain Or Shine is a nine seat beauty brought to us by Josie Fenton and Blair Casey, two first timers with backgrounds in…

Ask For Luigi (Open)

The good folks at Gastown’s Pourhouse and Main Street’s Pizzeria Farina are at it again, this time in the old Two Chefs & A Table location at 305 Alexander Street in Railtown. Their new casual Italian 30 seater is…

Bistro Wagon Rouge (Open)

Fans of Hastings-Sunrise’s popular Red Wagon diner will be glad to learn that its chef/proprietor, Brad Miller, is opening a very cozy, casual, cheap and cheerful French bistro tonight, and not all that far away…

Musette Cafe (Open)

Thomas Eleizegui, the fellow behind the great little alleyway racing bike-centric hangout, Musette Caffe, secured Sean Heather’s old Everything Cafe space at 75 East Pender Street about three weeks ago…

Cartems Donuterie (Open)

Jordan Cash and Rags Narine of Cartems Donuterie are graduating up and out of the space that they’ve been using as their business incubator at Carrall and Hastings since February 2012…

The Blackbird (Open)

Vancouver’s Donnelly Group is opening up a behemoth of a restaurant on the corner of Hornby and Dunsmuir next month. They took possession of the space that used to be the Keg Caesars back in February and…

Gringo (Open)

As Michelle mentioned in yesterday’s Scout List, a new restaurant is opening very soon in the heart of Gastown. We first broke the news about Gringo last month when it was announced that…

The Emerald (Open)

Rachel Zottenburg and David Duprey of The Narrow, Rumpus Room, Ricksaw, and upcoming Fox Cabaret have picked up the ancient second floor Fu Wah dim sum restaurant space at 555 Gore Avenue…

Earnest Ice Cream (Open)

Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi of Earnest Ice Cream have taken over the old Outpost Cafe space at 3992 Fraser St. (next to the soon to open Graze restaurant). They plan on using the space as a production…

Los Cuervos (Open)

603 Kingsway, the address formerly occupied by Che Baba, is set to become Los Cuervos Taqueria y Cantina tomorrow (Tuesday). The new eatery comes to us from the same folks who gave us Les Faux Bourgeois…

Mamie Taylor’s (Open)

Two well liked and highly respected front of house veterans are teaming up to open a place of their own. Former Bartender of the Year Simon Kaulback of Boneta and Ron Oliver of The Diamond have picked up the…

The Black Lodge (Open)

One of the many things I missed with regrets while on the road last month was the opening of The Black Lodge, a new vegetarian eatery and bar from first timers Matt Krysko and Claire Wyrostok…

Farmer’s Apprentice (Open)

I toured the upcoming Farmer’s Apprentice yesterday at 1529 West 6th between Fir & Granville. The “mostly” veggie-based eatery from ex-Wildebeest chef David Gunawan and his girlfriend Dara Young is…

Nook in Kits (Open)

Nook & Tavola owners Mike Jeffs and Nicole Welsh have just signed a lease on the old Rossini’s spot at 1525 Yew Street, just a short putt from Cornwall and Kits Beach. I took a look at the building…

Salt In Kits (Open)

Sean Heather has confirmed that he and business partner Scott Hawthorn have picked up the old Mistral location at 2585 West Broadway. Residents can expect the second location of the…

Homer St. Cafe & Bar (Open)

Led by principal Lilliana L. De Cotiis, the team behind Coal Harbour’s Tableau Bar Bistro – executive chef Marc-Andre Choquette, chef Tret Jordan, lead bartender J.S. Dupuis and manager Steven Wright – are opening…

Bambudda (Open)

It’s called Bambudda. It will be a 55-60 seat contemporary Chinese joint dishing mostly Cantonese-inspired plates (plenty of nouveau dim sum) in a more stylish environment than we normally see from…

Cuchillo (Open)

Restaurant wonks and food lovers will be happy to learn that the main floor of the old building at 261 Powell St. (next to Bean Around The World and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop) has been…

Bestie (Open)

The area around Columbia and Pender in Chinatown is about to blow up with four or five new independent businesses from young Vancouverites. We’ll be revealing details on them all next week, but we want to…

Tractor (Open)

The concept is healthy fast food served cafeteria-style in a bright, open concept room. Expect wholesome soups, stews, sandwiches and salads with a wide variety of mix and match possibilities…

Graze (Open)

A new restaurant called Graze is slated for the former Fray spot at 3980 Fraser. The 2000 sqft, 75-85 seat eatery will serve entirely plant-based comfort cuisine from chef Karen McAthy…

Longtail Kitchen (Open)

Chef/restaurateur Angus An of Kitsilano’s multiple award-winning Maenam restaurant is opening a new counter-service eatery called Longtail Kitchen in New Westminster’s popular River Market…

Chicha (Open)

Veteran chef Shelome Bouvette of Davie’s popular Lolita’s South of the Border Cantina has paired up with her old sous chef Allison Flook and friend Cumiko Unemo to open a new, modern Peruvian…

Charlie’s Little Italian (Open)

A fun, lively, old school, affordable pasta joint for the neighbourhood, evoking memories of a bygone era of the type of place where you’d go with your family: red & white gingham tablecloths, oversized peppermills…

No. 1 Noodle House (Open)

Restaurateur Mark Brand (Save On Meats, Boneta, etc.) has joined forces with first timers Tyrell Shaw, Lindsay Lapierre, Matt MacDougall, and Alex Usow (his Sharks + Hammers, Sea Monstr Sushi partner) to open…

Burdock & Co. (Open)

Fans of former Bishop’s chef Andrea Carlson rejoiced last month when we reported that she was taking over the reins at Strathcona’s Harvest Community Foods, but now we have even better news…

The Flying Pig | Gastown (Open)

102 Water St. may be one of the better addresses in Gastown, but I think it’s also one of the most abused. It’s been at least six restaurants since its days as the lobby of the 1907 Winters Hotel…

East Van Roasters (Open)

A 20 seat coffee and chocolate house called East Van Roasters is opening up at 319 Carrall St. in the first week of April (right next to Nelson The Seagull and across the street from Pidgin)…

La Mezcaleria (Open)

You may have already heard that the La Taqueria crew are opening another location. This time around we can expect an old school Mexican diner and Oaxacan-style Mezcaleria featuring everything from tostadas and enchilidas to…

Rainier (Open)

Heather’s new pickup was once pretty run down. It’s been fixed up by BC Housing to the clean state of a starched skeleton, though its mosaic floor has been reduced to 1/4 of the total voluminous space (a previous abomination)…

Pidgin (Open)

One of Canada’s culinary giants, Makoto Ono, has secured two side-by-side locations just off Hastings on Carrall Street in Gastown with plans to open a new restaurant before Christmas…

Portside (Open)

Gastown restaurateur/entrepreneur Mark Brand (see also Save On Meats, The Diamond, Sharks + Hammers, Boneta, Catalog Gallery) has picked up the liquor primary space formerly known as Post Modern at 7 Alexander Street…

L’Officio (Open)

Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg, the chefs/owners of the award-winning La Quercia( inarguably one of the most respected restaurants in Vancouver), have secured the address next door to their location at…

Nosh (Open)

A new 28 seat shop/restaurant called Nosh will soon be selling “hand-crafted meals to go” in the old Mistral space at 2585 West Broadway. The owners, Sandra Scott and Tony Scott, are a mother/son duo from Toronto…

Beaucoup (Open)

There’s a new bakery/cafe slated to open at 2150 Fir St. by the end of the summer. Owner Jackie Ellis spent 9 years in a graphic design career before she decided to turn her baking passion into Beaucoup. She says the concept will…

Pig & Mortar (Open)

Owners Krissy Seymour and Mark Cothey recently secured the Todd’s Cafe spot at 1529 West 6th between Fir and Granville. The couple from Cornwall see Pig & Mortar as a 30 seater that is casual, British-styled and “extremely porky”…

Finch’s Market (Open)

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House, the legendary lunch spot at 353 West Pender, is opening up a second location called Finch’s Market this September. The new cafe and market is currently under construction at…

Heirloom (Open)

Remember Primos, that 50+ year old Mexican restaurant on West 12th in the heart of South Granville? Well, as you may have heard, the family finally through in the towel and sold to Gus Greer and Yogi Johl, who are very close…

Lily Mae’s (Open)

A new restaurant called Lily Mae’s Comfort Cafe is under construction at 12 Powell Street (between The Diamond and The Sardine Can). It’s coming to us from keen first timers Jeff Jefkins and Armand Tencha…

The Parker (Open)

Bartender Steve Da Cruz, chef Jason Leizert, and designer Martin Warren are opening up a new 20 seat restaurant at 237 Union St. in Strathcona this week (that’s between Harvest and The Union Bar)…

Espana (Open)

Ed Perrow, the amiable fellow who ran operations at Bin 941 & 942 during their heyday and was recently a front of house fixture at La Brasserie, Cibo, and Uva, has partnered up with Cibo’s highly regarded and…

Wildebeest (Open)

Early last month we revealed that restaurateurs James Iranzad (Cartel, Abigail’s Party) and Josh Pape (The Diamond) had secured 120 West Hastings with plans for a new joint arriving in 2012. There was no name or chef at…

Tacofino (Open)

Kaeli Robinsong and Jason Susman, the pair behind the Tacofino food truck, have just taken possession of 2327 East Hastings with plans for a wheel-free location of their popular mobile brand, just a few doors down from Campagnolo Roma…

Acorn (Open)

Last week I took a look inside the space that will soon give us Acorn, a much anticipated vegetarian restaurant from first timers Shira Blustein and Brian Skinner. It’s got to be one of the best locations in the city…

Vicino Pastaria & Deli (Open)

I took a look inside the upcoming Vicino Pastaria & Deli next to Nicli Antica Pizzeria the other day. We published the press release detailing its coming back in January. It’s come a long way since, as you can see from the shots…

Minami (Open)

I snuck a peek inside Minami yesterday (the old Goldfish location at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown). The anticipated Japanese restaurant – a relative of popular Miku (owned by Seigo Nakamura)…

New Meat & Bread (Open)

The paper has just come off the windows at Meat & Bread’s new location downtown (1033 West Hastings), and it’s looking especially beautiful. It being a Craig Stanghetta (interview) design job, that…

49th Parallel & Lucky’s (Open)

We’ve been sitting on this for a while (construction began three months ago), but with the new neon sign going up yesterday, the cat’s out of the bag. 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters is opening a new…

The Sardine Can (Open)

his afternoon, Chris Stewart and Andrey Durbach – of Cafeteria, La Buca and Pied-A-Terre fame – secured a location in Gastown for their next restaurant, which will be called The Sardine Can. It’s an apt name…

The Fat Dragon (Open)

The concept is interesting – Chinese food with a Southern US “lick of smoke” – and I’m sure they’ll nail it (the menu reads fantastic, and we’ll get to that soon). The thing, though, that will define The Fat Dragon isn’t the food…

Famoso (Open)

Famoso, which will be cheaper than both with no pie more than $14.50, could be entering a world of Little Italy hate, but as a diner, I could give a shit. If it’s better than Marcello’s or Lombardo’s, that’s all that counts, and I…

Musette Caffe (Open)

A new cafe dedicated to cyclists is opening up at 1262 Burrard (back lane entrance) on March 1st. Sounds pretty awesome; a concept that is long overdue. Raw construction shots and details below…

Nu Greek (Open)

I took a look inside the upcoming NU micro-restaurant in Gastown yesterday. It’s coming to us from restaurateur Harry Kambolis (see also “C” and Raincity Grill), and is located in the old sandwich shop off Cordova…

Via Tevere (Open)

To think that I used to bitch about our lack of quality pizza! After the arrival of Campagnolo a couple of years ago, they’ve come in a rush with one popping up after another every few months. First there was…

Siena (Open)

Mark Taylor, the owner of West Broadway’s award-winning Cru, has picked up the storied but long vacant Star Anise location (1485 West 12th). With it, he plans to open a new restaurant called Siena…

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The Union (Open)

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…

The New Wild Rice (Open)

Wild Riceowner Andrew Wong has  a new restaurant space in New West. It’s been a long time coming. Developer Mark Shieh (who is very much a stand up guy) has had Wong and Wild Rice on his radar to fill the restaurant space at the new and…

Chewie’s (Open)

Restaurant trade watchers and bivalve addicts might remember that long-time Rodney’s Oyster House fixture Richard Chew (aka “Chewie”) left the Yaletown icon after five years of shucking toil this past January.

Pizzeria Barbarella (Open)

Terry Deane of Abbotsford’s revered Ah-Beetz pizzeria is headed to Vancouver to open a new joint dubbed Pizzeria Barbarella, so named to honour the memory of his mother (she passed away in November). It’s currently under…

Bitter (Open)

Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn, partners at Salt Tasting Room and Judas Goat, are joining forces for a third time to open a new joint called Bitter. “It’s an extension of Salt, really” says Heather, “only its a beer format instead of wine”…

NOVO Pizzeria (Open)

NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar is coming to 2118 Burrard Street, just off West 6th next to Fifth Avenue Cinemas (formerly the Indendio West location). The 88 seater will boast over 2,000 sqft of indoor space with another…

3114696114_006ebedc4b_zThe “New” Boneta (Open)

As announced last night at Boneta’s birthday party, the popular Gastown eatery’s time at 1 West Cordova is coming to a close. That might have caused some furrowed brows and maybe even a tear, but fret not, as owners Jeremie, Mark and Neil aren’t finished…

Thierry-BussetThierry (Open)

Chocolatier-Pâtissier Thierry Busset is preparing to open his atelier in partnership with the Top Table Group later this year. Under a bright awning that recalls the storefront pâtisseries of his native France – and simply reading…

Pizzeria Farina (Open)

This is going down just a couple of blocks from my house in Strathcona at 915 Main St. off Prior (where Italian Job Pizza used to be). It’s a tiny spot with only a handful of seats, so they’ll be concentrating on…

Edible At The Market (Open)

Edible British Columbia is pleased to announce that it will be opening an expanded version of its original retail concept at Granville Island in the spring of 2011. The expansion will include an increased shopping…

La Taqueria On Cambie (Open)

Awesome news for taco lovers! West Hasting’s cool little La Taqueriawill soon be cloned. Owner Marcelo Romero reports that he’s just picked up the 2549 Cambie address at West Broadway. He hopes to have the 1,200 sqft, 35 seater open by

Rumpus Room (Open)

I knew that a few local restaurateurs had been sniffing around the old Juicy Chicken location (aka GH Chicken) on the northwest corner of Main and 11th (2601 Main, right across from Cafeteria)…

Save On Meats (Open)

After much cajoling over many months, Mark “I’ll show you when there’s something to show” Brand finally gave me a tour of the much anticipated Save On Meats renovation/restoration yesterday. It was well worth the wait….

Pronto (Open)

A new Italian eatery called Prontois opening next week at 3473 Cambie (formerly Art’s Flowers & Gifts). The design of the charming, 37 seat room is by Stefan Gagnon (Les Faux Bourgeois, Jules Bistro) and Scott Cohen…

Nelson The Seagull (Open)

Until today, when I opened the door and walked into the construction site, I’d assumed it was a clothing store landing at 315 Carrall (the old Brickyard location). Imagine my surprise when I learned that Nelson The Seagullwas…

Electric Owl (Open)

If you’ve walked down Main between Terminal and Prior in the last five years, you’ve likely got an eyeful of the eyesore that is the skeletal remains of the old American Hotel. It’s now in the latter stages of…

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It looks like Ki restaurant next to Market in the Shangri-La is finally accelerating its construction after gathering dust for the past two years. The Japanese-themed restaurant will be the latest from David Aisenstat…

Hawksworth (Open)

There hasn’t been much ion the way of news floating about on the highly anticipated “Hawksworth” restaurant front for a few months now so I thought it might be time for an update. Let me bring you up to speed…

Campagnolo Roma (Open)

Tom Doughty and chef Rob Belcham of Refuel and Campagnolotook possession of 2297 East Hastings this afternoon. The pair aim to open a new restaurant in its place called Campagnolo Roma…

Ensemble (Open)

We can confirm that Mackay has taken over the recently vacated Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe location at 850 Thurlow Street (just south of Robson) with plans to open his first restaurant – dubbed Ensemble

The Ascot (Open)

I just took a spin inside the old Cassis spot at 420 West Pender. I’d taken previous peeks but there wasn’t much to look at. Originally, owners Stu Morton (ex-GM of Brandi’s) and John Wirth ()had thought of calling it…

Tableau Bar Bistro (Open)

When the end of Voya at the Loden Hotel came back in January, it wasn’t much of a shock to restaurant wonks. Opening in the midst of the financial meltdown, the place saw its once-gorgeous dining room soon thereafter…

Pink Elephant (Open)

I took a gander inside the upcoming Pink Elephant restaurant at 1152 Alberni yesterday. Even if you’re not entirely sure about the hot pink and light grey colour palette, it’s nevertheless impressive what they’ve done with…

4933459841_b57f5ee559_bHapa Umi (Open)

Justin and Lea Ault of Hapa Izakayahave secured the old Metro restaurant location next to the Pan Pacific. The pair, with three cool Hapas already in their stable (Kits, Robson, Yaletown), aim to open a new Japanese concept that…

Cafe Regalade (Open)

Steeve Rayé, the son of Alain Rayé (owner/chef at West Vancouver’s award-winning La Regalade), has closed his short-lived pastry shop in Kitsilano at 2836 West 4th (opened late October)…

sfdgStackhouse (Open)

Yet another opening on the horizon, this time on the southern end of the Granville Entertainment District, right next door to Red Squared in the space formerly occupied by ABC International Travel…

IMG_4665Nicli Antica Pizzeria (Open)

Yesterday I met with Bill McCaig at 62 East Cordova in Gastown and got a happy earful on his plans for the one-story building, which he purchased last January. It’s a huge open concept space, about 4,000 sqft in total…

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IMG_8546Big Lou’s (Open)

Karl Gregg and Allan Bosomworth of Two Chefs & A Table are opening a nose to tail 1930′s-style butcher shop on the northwest corner of Gore (natch) & Powell this September (269 Powell). It’ll be called Big Lou’s…

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Restaurant builder Ryan Murfitt (Bao Bei, Calabash, and many more) and restaurateur Tyson Reimer (Cobre, Deacon’s Corner) have secured a lease of the ground floor at 2 Water Street. If you’re not familiar with the address it’s…

theHelmLogo_TWIITTERThe Helm (Open)

The old “Unwine’d” spot at 1180 Howe St. has been picked up by a group of first timers (Angela Moore, Laura Francis, David Carlini, Cameron Wasnea) who have been busily turning it into a new restaurant concept called The Helm…

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Patrick Corsi and Alex B. Tsakumis, partners in the ever-popular Q4 Ristorante in Kitsilano, are pleased to announce they will be opening a second Q4 location downtown in November 2010. The new restaurant will…

IMG_4144La Ghianda (Open)

Well, this is exciting. Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg, the two owner/chefs of one of my favourite restaurants on the planet, La Quercia, have in recent weeks been quietly going about turning the old Hôt Cuisine space at…

outpostHeaderThe Outpost Cafe (Open)

Dig your biscuits and gravy? Then Katharine Reynolds will soon have you covered. The local film industry vet is changing career directions and opening the daytime-only Outpost Cafe next month at 3392 Fraser…

sdfgThe Red Wagon (Open)

Brad Miller, who cut his teeth at Au Petit Chavignol, West and Bistro Pastis, is on the verge of going solo with The Red Wagon, a new 35 seat diner serving breakfast and lunch (and possibly dinner) in the old King’s Cafe…

IMG_2903London Pub (Open)

Here are a few photos of the nearly completed “London Pub” and neighbouring Brixton Caffe at 700 Main St (at Georgia in Chinatown). I’ve been passing this property every day for a couple of months now and it’s…

IMG_0636Waldorf Hotel (Open)

The 63-year old Waldorf Hotel at 1489 East Hastings, originally designed by Mercer & Mercer in a (then) modern style, has been picked up by restaurateur Ernesto Gomez (Nuba, etc), architect Scott Cohen (Gastropod, etc)…

shapeimage_2Tavola (Open)

The West End’s trailblazing Tapastree at 1829 Robson is set to close on September 15th and then reopen as an Italian restaurant called Tavola (”Table”) at the beginning of October. The transformation will see the room…

MeatBread_stationery_v2-(drMeat & Bread (Open)

I’ve got a hankering for a porchetta sandwich after getting the low-down on Meat & Bread, a new specialty sandwich shop arriving in Gastown this Autumn. The 1380 sqft. space at 320 Cambie at Hastings in the old Flack Building…

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Jeremy Towning is shutting down his “Exchange” sandwich/coffee/wine shop at 475 Howe Street (the Stock Exchange building) and will re-open it as “Oyster”. The new, 25 seat seafood and raw bar will be tiny with the product mostly local…

rwthySea Monstr Sushi (Open)

Boneta/Diamond co-owner and his business partner Alex Usow (in the Powell St. clothing store Sharks + Hammers) are opening a new sushi restaurant at 55 Powell in Gastown. It’ll be called Sea Monstr Sushi, a name…

IMG_1717Lucy’s (Open)

Whip owners Erv Salvadore and his wife Casey Thiessen have just opened Lucy’s Eastside Diner at 2708 Main St. (the former home of Yummy’s Frozen Dim Sum). It’s a 30 seater with a…

IMG_6943The Charles Bar (Open)

This is interesting. The Adelphia Group (think the Dover Arms pub and both the Caprice and Celebrities nightclubs) is applying to the City to open a 150 seat liquor primary “gastropub” on the ground floor of…

IMG_2215Commune Cafe (Open)

Industry veterans Annette Rawlinson (C, Au Petit Chavignol) and Tina Fineza (Flying Tiger, Les Faux Bourgeois, La Taqueria) are joining consultancy forces for the first time to open The Commune Cafe this July…

IMG_4291L’Abattoir (Open)

A new Gastown restaurant is under construction in the original Irish Heather location at 217. Demolition began yesterday. It’s called L’Abattoir (‘slaughterhouse’ in French is so much sexier), a name chosen to…

aboutus_mainCafeteria (Open)

Though this only just happened this morning and they don’t take possession until May 18th, we can tell you that they’re looking to execute a quick turnaround with an opening date set for mid-June. There is no official name for it yet, but

Spring-Dinner-Menu1Adesso Bistro (Open)

We hinted at this the other day when we reported on La Buca and Pied-a-Terre owners Chris Stewart and Andrey Durbach (interview) selling the L’Altro Buca spot to pick up the Ping’s Cafe location on Main Street. Carol Gadsby and…

IMG_1540Calabash (Open)

Researching for an upcoming magazine article I popped my head in to the construction site of Calabash, an upcoming 75 seat, two level, Caribbean-themed restaurant and lounge slated for the redeveloped space at…

IMG_1573Acme Cafe (Open)

I mentioned a bunch of new restaurants in the pipe in my Urban Rush appearance yesterday. One of them, which we’d yet to mention on this site, was the very buzzworthy Acme Cafe. It’s slated to slip into the main floor of the…

IMG_1593Cork & Fin (Open)

Francis Regio, formerly (and long) a fixture at the West End’s much loved Tapastree, has taken over the old Blake’s location at 221 Carrall St. (corner of Blood Alley next to the original Irish Heather) and plans to open a new…

keefercam7-2The Keefer Bar (Open)

From the little known Department of It Was Bound To Happen Sooner Or Later comes The Keefer, a new “Boutique Hotel Residence” currently under construction at 135 Keefer Street in Chinatown…

andresteveanthony1The Corner Suite (Open)

Former Boneta co-owner and Le Crocodile/Lumiere/Chambar managerial alumnus Andre McGillivray has partnered up with barman Steve Da Cruz and secured the old Piccolo Mondo location…

Oru (Open)

The upcoming Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel will soon announce its plans for a restaurant. The not-yet-finished hotel has saddled up with the local design and architecture firm MGB, and together they are building a new…

Judas Goat (Open)

From the little known Department of Just When You Thought 2009 Was Going To Totally Suck comes phenomenal news from a Gastown alleyway. Restaurateur Sean Heather is planning to open a new concept in the…

IMG_2018Charlie’s (Open)

Coming to Yaletown is Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar. If all goes according to plan, it’ll open in the old Pinky’s/LK Dining Lounge address at 1265 Hamilton Street in the first week of February. I took in a tour of the construction site earlier…

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baobeiBao Bei (Open)

Bartender Tannis Ling, a fixture on the wood and well at Chambar since 2005, has just signed a lease that has given her possession of 163 Keefer Street, a space just around the corner from Main…

dfrthywqrtyHapa Izakaya (Open)

Hapa Izakaya, arguably Vancouver’s hippest Japanese joint with locations on Robson and Yew, will soon be opening their third outlet in the city. Owners Justin and Lea Ault have picked up the old Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe spot…

ct-062Thomas Haas (Open)

Thomas Haas is opening a second location of Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates next to Lumiere and DB Bistro Moderne on West Broadway (as if that neighbourhood needed more awesomeness!)…The 1400 sqft space was…

IMG_9573Lupo (Open)

I went by the old Villa del Lupo location at 869 Hamilton tonight (by new I meant old) to have a peek at its newest incarnation, which is simply dubbed “Lupo”. The restaurant, which is currently enjoying its soft opening…

sdrthRefuel (Open)

A couple weeks back we broke the sad news that Fuel Restaurant would be closing down at the end of the month in order to re-open as a new, casual restaurant with lower price points and a more casual environment…

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Music to my ears from Voya barkeep Jay Jones this morning: “I’m opening my own joint at the end of the summer”. It’s about time the journeyman settled down! He’s worked a lot of places over the years….

img_1062La Taqueria (Open)

The old Nuba space at 322 West Hastings has sat dormant ever since the restaurant moved across the street several months ago, but it will soon see life again, this time in the guise of an…

local2Local (Open)

Check the details on “Local”, the upcoming new and apparently regionally-focused (believe it when I see it) restaurant project in Summerland. Local wine Zeus, Harry McWatters, is involved…

img_4167Las Tortas (Open)

We’d been watching Las Tortas closely ever since the paper went up on the hole-in-the-wall windows at 3353 Cambie a few months ago, so when word came that they’d opened over the weekend…

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Chef Kris Barnholden (most recently Andrey Durbach’s chef de cuisine at Parkside) is opening a new modern Mediterranean tapas restaurant in the heart of the gaybourhood at 1141 Davie St…

chaise-logoChaise Lounge (Open)

A new, modern-style 40 seat diner is on its way to the old Wing Nut location at 4444 Main St. (between 28th and 29th). It will be called Chaise Lounge. According to Burgoo and Wing Nut co-owner…

Coast (Open)

I took a quick look at Coast‘s new, 200 seat Alberni St. digs a few days ago. It’s massive, with soaring ceilings, a large lounge area, and a broad mezzanine. The seafood restaurant, part of Emad Yacoub’s multi- location empire…

The Diamond (Open)

There are a few hurdles left to cross on this one so I can’t say much beyond it’s in Gastown and it’s being brought to us by bartenders Mark Brand, Josh Pape, and Sophie Taverner. Stellar supporting cast, too. More news soon…

img_9763Nook (Open)

Nicole Welsh and Mike Jeffs of the West End’s much-loved and undersung Tapastreerestaurant have been busily putting together a new, casual Italian mini-joint called “Nook” in the former…

Maenam (Open)

The award-winning Gastropod restaurant on West 4th will close at the end of April and reopen two weeks later as Maenam, an authentic Thai restaurant that will play plenty of attention to service, wine, and cocktails…

Latitude (Open)

Lisa Henderson and Larry Nicolay, former owners of Tofino’s superb Rainforest 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…

8½ (Open)

The new restaurant that will be going into the old Soma location (see previous post) will be called 8½, after Frederico Fellini’s famous 1962 film of the same name. They take possession on April 1st and hope to…

L’Altro Buca (Open)

Parkside, one of my favourite restaurants in the city, is going to close at the beginning of March for a minor refit and then reopen as another La Bucaat the end of the month. It will have the same menu as the original…

Au Petit Chavignol (Open)

I checked out the construction site of the new Les Amis du Fromage location and its 40 seat wine bar, Au Petit Chavignol, today over at 843/845 East Hastings. The cheese manhimself, Joe Chaput and…

Nuba (Open)

I went by the brand new Nuba restaurant in the Dominion Building at West Hastings and Cambie tonight (207 W. Hastings, 604-688-1655, Nuba.ca). They’ve just moved across the street from their much-loved, tiny, and…

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Deacon’s Corner (Open)

With the economy teetering on the total tank, opening a 30’s style, 75-seat lunch counter diner ain’t such a bad idea. Say hello to Deacon’s Corner, an under construction, 7am to 3pm, cheap and cheerful greasy spoon…

Market (Open)

My friend Owen and I went in for a first pass to the highly anticipatedMarket in the new Shangri-La hotel last night. They’d only just opened for their first public service after back to back “friends and family” test runs, but it filled up fast…

Wallflower (Open)

Wallflower Modern Diner opened last night at 2420 Main (formerly Aurora Bistro). The diner concept is going to see something of a renaissance this year, with the recession-weary and cash-worried looking for cold comfort for change…

Charm (Open)

A brand-spanking new 60 seat restaurant and bar called Charm Modern Thaihas just opened in Yaletown. It’s in the old Diner/Lucky Diner/Flite location at 1269 Hamilton Street, and it still has that New Restaurant Smell. It’s small and sexy…

Fetch (Open)

I’ll be going to check it out as soon as I can, knowing that the trick up their sleeve is one Andrew Springett, the talented chef who once toiled at La Belle Auberge and Diva at the Met before he moved to Tofino to run the kitchen…

R.TL (Open)

Popped in to the brand new R.TL in Yaletown tonight for a digestif on my way home from DB Bistro. The new restaurant, helmed by Alain Canuel, is looking good. The film above is from tonight but I’ve also…

Lumiere (Open)

Understandably, first impressions were hamstrung by the boisterous crowd and the party atmosphere. It was a very entertaining, usual suspects affair, with much of the serious talk focused on the coming financial dreadnought…

DB Bistro (Open)

So I just figured out that I can post with fitted photos via iPhone. Technology is so much older than me yet it keeps teaching me new tricks. Bloody unnatural, that is. Currently at DB Bistro feasting on a monster and never going home…

Dolcetto (Open)

Regular readers will remember that Cru Restaurant owner Mark Taylor opened up a new cafe on West Broadway a couple of months back. It was named after the grape varietal, “Dolcetto”, which translates from the vernacular…

Miku (Open)

On the set of Urban Rush yesterday, hosts Michael Eckford and Fiona Forbes asked me what was going in across the street and pointed out the window to the voluminous space that used to house The Spotted Prawn…

Campagnolo (Open)

I met our web designer at Campagnolo tonight, ostensibly to discuss plans for the second beta version of Scout (due next Monday) but really just to check the much anticipated casual Italian restaurant out on their first night…

The Refinery (Open)

Paid a very brief visit to The Refinery tonight, the new project from the Sip Resto Lounge folks (and right next door at 1115 Granville). The soft launch appears to be underway. We would have stayed, but we’d already dined and…

Chambar Expansion (Open)

Swung by Chambar while en route to a party that I never ended up making it this evening. As you can see above (and below) there’s now a pair of Egyptian doors on the far wall of the main dining room. The space beyond…

The Wine Room (Open)

Joeys to open a 70 seat wine bar at Bentall 1 (the southwest corner of Pender and Burrard – main floor). It will be called The Wine Room. Nicholson says we can expect “a place that is serious about wine and serious about…

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