Owners: Wendy Nicolay, Nigel Pike, Nick Devine
General Manager: Lauren McConnell
Head Chef: Lisa Henderson
Bar: Arthur Wynne
ABOUT The Union
Opened in January 2012, The Union Bar is an 80+ seat restaurant and cocktail lounge straddling Chinatown & Strathcona. Chef Lisa Henderson offers up a menu of shareable plates and bowls, inspired by the flavours of Southeast Asia, while barman Arthur Wynne uses ingredients sourced from neighbouring Chinatown to infuse his inventive cocktails. The interior is a modern yet eclectic design by Evoke International Design, with reclaimed barn board, exposed concrete, large-scale light fixtures, custom designed wood tables & benches, and graphic details highlighting the surrounding neighbourhood.
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.
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
The first and not the last rendering of the new Habit Lounge at 2610 Main Street just landed on my desk, courtesy of two of the owners, David Nicolay and Rob Edmonds (to view the full image, just click it). Read more
As noted in the Tablespotting forum this afternoon, there is some very unfortunate news from Habit Lounge. They’d just finished building a new menu (together with Flying Tiger chef Tina Fineza) and were about to publicly announce it, but then this:
Last week we unveiled our new menu and cocktail list, with the aim of doing an official launch today, Monday December 8. Unfortunately all that remains of our kitchen is some melted spice jars and some very well bbq’d meats, after an early morning fire Sunday.
While the structure of the building survived, Habit sustained severe smoke damage, with the first estimates being that we will be down for at least the next few months.
So, with our new menu now on the back-burner, so to speak, we’re left with a huge cleanup – not exactly how we’d planned to spend our holidays! Thankfully our next door Cascade Room escaped any damage and has already been put to good use to drown some of our sorrows.
I just got off the phone with co-owner Robert Edmonds. 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! Though it just happened yesterday, they’re already making moves to accommodate staff next door at The Cascade.
I hope some sort of benefit for them can be managed on the fly. It’s a particularly bad time for this to happen with Christmas around the corner…
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.
2610 Main Street, Vancouver, BC | V5T 3E6
Monday to Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday: 5pm to 1am
Saturday: 9am – 1am
Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Managers: Nigel Pike | Wendy Nicolay | Nick Devine
Design: Evoke International Design | www.evoke.ca
About Habit Lounge
Serving Main Street proudly since 2005, Habit is now open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In a setting reminiscent of a 1970’s Canadian Rec Room, Chef Tristan Burley has created a menu full of nostalgia yet updated to meet today’s demand for food respectful of location and quality. Kind of like the food your Mom made when you were a kid – if she could cook!
The Breakfast menu is classic in interpretation and satisfying in taste, offering diners a selection of hearty egg dishes from Flat Iron Steak & Eggs and Back Bacon Eggs Benny to Huevos Rancheros with its house smoked tomato salsa. Wash your breakfast down with our daily feature Mimosa or Breakfast Martini Bento Box. Sandwiches such as the BLTA and a Venison Sloppy Joe, along with house-made soups, salads and our ever-popular Carrot and Brie Perogies, make up the lunch menu. Locals flock to Habit for our evening menu, including favourites such as our Albacore Tuna Casserole, House-made bacon wrapped Lamb Meatloaf, Steak Frites and our daily Oceanwise Choice Fish of the Day. Our goal is to use free-range eggs, humanely raised meats and sustainable seafood in the preparation and execution of our menu.
Co-owner/bar manager Nick Devine has imagined a cocktail list inspired by a handful of recognizable retro cocktails (which have traditionally been made with inferior ingredients) and redesigned them using premium, fresh and natural ingredients. Classic recipes like the Blue Hawaiian and Tequila Sunrise have been deconstructed with the components and laid out ‘bento box’ style, along with shaker and glass, so that you can shake and pour your own cocktail. Why? Because drinking is fun! Additionally, a large selection of over 20 Canadian Whiskeys are available to satisfy any particular thirst, whether consumed neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail.
Our selection of draught and bottles from BC microbreweries includes Crannog’s ‘Back hand of God’ from Canada’s only certified organic farmhouse microbrewery or Howe Sound Brewing’s ‘Baldwin & Cooper’ Best Bitter. Habit is a proud sponsor of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).
Local design and branding firm Evoke International was commissioned to fashion the 70-seat room concept of 70’s Canadiana, creating a gathering place where the neighbourhood comes to meet.