by Andrew Morrison | I took a little walk-through of the old DB Bistro/Lumiere space at 2551 West Broadway yesterday with its new tenant, Patrick Corsi (we announced that he and partner Alex Tsakumis had picked up the space last month). A couple of things to note. First, the DB Bistro side: Corsi and Tsakumis are making it a revamped version of Kitsilano’s popular Q4 – which is to say rustic Italian with approachable price points – and hope to launch it at the end of the first week of May. The original restaurant on West 4th will permanently close toward the end of this month after some 17 years of operation. While they haven’t ruled out retaining the space for something else, I’m not holding out hope. Original Q4 fans can rest easy: though the menu will get an update from chef Bradford Ellis (who wouldn’t want to play with these amazing kitchens!), it didn’t sound to me like the food concept was going to be fundamentally altered.
They’ve already redone the floors in the dining room, torn out DB’s iconic leather paneling, painted the walls and done lots besides, but the bones remain largely the same (eg. the patio, pillars, two big banquettes, private room, kitchen, bar). I’ve seen renderings of the aesthetic (mixed in with the gallery below), but we’ll have to wait until more has been done to get a better idea as to the overall look. Lunch and dinner will be served 7 days a week, and Saturday/Sunday brunches are a go.
As for the Lumiere side of the operation, I can’t reveal who is taking over just yet (we’ve been asked not to because it’s not yet set in stone). We will say, however, that if it all works out as per the current plan, it won’t be the wine bar that Tsakumis and Corsi were originally planning. They will instead be partnering up with another restaurateur who will be doing a London-style cocktail lounge with food being served from Q4′s kitchen (the impressive Lumiere kitchen will pull double duty as a commissary for a retail line of Q4 food products and for private functions). One thing of particular note is that there will be a broad, diner-level window between the two spaces, so one will presumably be oft-tempted to look a how the grass is growing on the other side.
Have a gander at what I saw yesterday in the shots below. It certainly was a little odd seeing the carcasses of DB Bistro and Lumiere laid so prostrate and bare, and it was definitely sad to hear that the original Q4 (aka Quattro on Fourth) is a goner, but such – I suppose – is the nature of storied addresses and restaurant reincarnations. We’ll have more soon.
by Andrew Morrison | Patrick Corsi and Alex Tsakumis of Kitsilano’s Q4 (formerly “Quattro on Fourth”) have just picked up the old DB Bistro/Feenie’s and Lumiere spaces at 2551 West Broadway. The lease was signed on Friday, and the loose ends of the deal was completed today.
These are iconic locations in the pantheon of Vancouver’s restaurant scene. I can’t count on my hands and feet the number of great cooks, servers, sommeliers, bartenders and managers that worked these rooms and kitchens in years gone by. Few other addresses have spawned so many others. Would we have a Boneta, Ensemble, Farina, Tableau, L’Abattoir, Cadeaux, or Cabana without it? Perhaps not. Would the Cactus Club be anywhere near as tolerable as it is today? Definitely not. The Guggenheimer Dog Gobble would never have happened! Perish the thought…
For the DB/Feenie’s side, they’re thinking about turning it into another Q4 and changing the original on West 4th into something else. As for Lumiere, they’re planning on turning it into a cool little wine bar. Still, nothing is certain just yet. “This literally just happened, and it happened very fast,” Corsi told me this afternoon, adding: “we weren’t even looking!”
Their realtor convinced them to take a peek nevertheless, and they liked what they saw. According to Corsi, the million dollar “rockstar kitchens” (as he puts it) hadn’t been totally stripped. As for the condition of the rooms, they’re apparently in great shape as well. We can expect a quick turn-around. Opening day should come at some point in May.
Bonus weirdness: DB Bistro and Lumiere closed exactly one year ago today.
by Andrew Morrison | I took a look inside the construction site of Q4 al Centro this morning. It’s the new downtown incarnation of Kitsilano’s Q4 Ristorante (formerly known as Quattro on Fourth), located on the ground floor of the 60 room boutique L’Hermitage hotel at 788 Richards. From the PR:
“We’ve had our eye on the perfect downtown location for some time, and you can’t beat Richards and Robson,” said Patrick Corsi.
The new restaurant will be open for dinner nightly, and lunch Monday to Friday. Box Interior Design is planning a warm, stylish comfortable space with approximately 70 seats including plenty of room at the bar which is expected to appeal to visiting hotel guests as well as residents of L’Hermitage en Ville residential tower.
Making the move over is Q4′s veteran executive chef Bradford Ellis. I’m told al Centro will offer the staple dishes - “classic, unpretentious Italian” – of the original Q4 (think Spaghetti Quattro, etc), with some new plates as well. His new kitchen also comes equipped with a pizza oven, which is fronted by four chairs for guests keen to watch the action.
The dining room seats just over 50, an additional 12 seats at what promises to be a very attractive bar. Artist Jason Gogo is doing a large mural work above it, painted – if I heard correctly – with wine. True to form, Box ID has done a superb job on the space (see also Coast, Market, Watermark) with lots of blond wood, tile, mirrors, glass, little wine nooks and brown leather. Red-wine accented walls soar up from gorgeous, sound-suppressing cork floors to high concrete ceilings. Opening day is slated for December 10th.
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News from Scout supporter Q4 Ristorante
Vancouver, BC | 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 be located on Richards Street in the elegant boutique L’Hermitage Hotel. Read more
News from Scout Supporter Q4
(Vancouver, BC) Antonio and Patrick Corsi, the father and son team behind Quattro Restaurants for fifteen years, announce an ownership change at Quattro on Fourth effective immediately, as well as a slight change to the restaurant’s official name. The restaurant is now named, Q4.
Antonio Corsi, will continue to own and operate Gusto di Quattro in North Vancouver and Quattro at Whistler; while Patrick Corsi has taken over ownership at the Kitsilano location and will carry on as managing partner at the restaurant which is now going by the name Q4. Patrick feels the new name reflects his simplified, modern approach at the restaurant while honoring its roots. Read more