You may have seen this “Brite Cafe” sign while it was sitting on the floor at Rainier Provisions in Gastown. It was found in the basement of an old building at East Hastings and Heatley but its origins are unknown to us. We’ve googled the hell out of it, but to no avail. If any of our heritage-minded readers can solve the mystery, please let us know in the comments below! Cheers and thanks!
Colin Askey, a filmmaker and former Portland Hotel Society staffer, recently debuted A Long Journey Home: The Rainier Story. It’s a moving short film on the impact of the Rainier Hotel and the people who have had their lives turned around by the facility’s long-term addiction treatments and clinical care. Sadly, its modus operandi and funding have been up in the air since Christmas. Give it a watch, and let The Tyee provide context as needed. We encourage our readers to send letters of support to The Rainier via firstname.lastname@example.org, and to keep up to date with its goings on through their Twtter @rainierhotel.
by Andrew Morrison | Rainier Provisions, the long anticipated new delicatessen from Gastown/DTES restaurateur Sean Heather (see also Salt Tasting Room, Bitter, Judas Goat, The Irish Heather, et cetera), is – as you can see from the shots below – inching closer to opening day. Stumptown Coffee’s Matt Pfaff was up from Seattle yesterday to help train the staff, and the finishing touches were being done to the decor. Very shortly we’ll see the retail shelves filled with all manner of foodstuffs and the display cases stocked with a selection of Spanish, French, Italian, and UK cheeses, several types of cured meat from East Hastings’ Moccia & Urbani, awesome D-Original sausages, eggs fresh from Rabbit River Farms, and other tasty bits besides. Service will also see daily bangers, a gluten free pasta, vegan chili, and a roast of sorts (eg. beef, porchetta). Rainier Provisions will be licensed, too, so expect bourbon to rule with 18 different types supplemented by six beers on tap (including growler size) and a couple of reds and whites by the glass. Opening day should be between the end of Dine Out and Valentine’s Day, which would put it almost 13 months behind its original January 2012 target date (shit happens). They’re aiming specifically for the 9th of February, with fingers crossed.