The GOODS from Rainier Provisions
Vancouver, BC | Rainier Provisions, Heather Hospitality’s Group’s delicatessen in Gastown’s historic Rainier Hotel, unveils its Paris-style patio—the first of its kind in Vancouver.
The 30-seat patio, reminiscent of Paris’s bustling street-front eateries, is a pilot project spearheaded by Sean Heather, co-owner of Rainier Provisions and the man behind Heather Hospitality Group. Heather was delighted when his application for the Lower Mainland’s first and only stand-alone patio—situated between West Cordova Street and the public sidewalk—was approved by the City of Vancouver and the BC Liquor Board.
Given Vancouver’s reputation as a “no fun city,” the green-lighting of Rainier Provisions’ patio project is a surprising and exciting prospect for the future of the city’s restaurant scene. The success of Rainier’s groundbreaking patio over the next 12 months could pave the way for other local restaurateurs to apply for licenses to open similar stand-alone patios.
Michael Green Architecture, an award-winning Vancouver-based firm that champions the use of timber in public and private structures, designed a wooden, ship-like frame for Rainier Provisions’ concept patio. Painted in a cool, Paul Smith colour palette, the space is a vibrant addition to Vancouver’s historical heartland. And, in compliance with the City of Vancouver’s stipulation that the patio be taken down on an as-needed basis to accommodate filming, the structure was specially designed to be easily uprooted.
Combining the energy of iconic New York delis, a flavour of London’s neighborhood cafes and a pinch of Gastown’s signature historic style, Rainier Provisions is an airy eating establishment, specialty coffee shop and carefully curated deli. Situated in the Classical Revival-style Rainier Hotel on the corner of West Cordova and Carrall streets, the 102-seat dining room showcases a restored 1907 mosaic floor, oversized heritage windows and exposed original brick. Read more
Rainier Provisions will open up to the public Tuesday, February 12. Photos above were taken at yesterday’s soft opening to friends and family. The new delicatessen, on the corner of Carrall and Cordova, will be in the business of deep-seated cravings well met. They’re serving up British bangers, charcuterie, cheeses, great coffee (Stumptown, FTW), excellent salads, and much more at good prices. A plate of roast beef, yorkshire pudding, braised greens, roast potatoes and gravy? $10. No lie. Explore further here.
UPDATE: Previous copy said that Rainier Provisions would open today (Friday). Sadly, that is not the case. Doors are “officially” set to swing open Tuesday morning.
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.
THEN (SEPTEMBER 2011)
NOW (JANUARY 2013)
by Andrew Morrison | If you’re a food lover and you’ve wandered Gastown’s many blocks in the past few weeks you may have noticed a great many number of things. For starters, Lily Mae’s is now open on Powell and serving French-ish comfort food (mmm, Boeuf Bourguignon), and further down the same block the new location of Rodney’s Oyster House has opened in the old Cobre spot (from Yaletown with love). What’s more, a pretty damn cool chocolate/coffee roasting operation is under construction on Carrall (details/photos shortly)
It’s not all good news, though. The not so Secret Location on Water St. looks to be still something of a secret (pity the bored hostess standing outside in the rain), and even though Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn (Salt Tasting Room, Judas Goat) look to be nearly finished with their build of Rainier Provisions on the southwest corner of Cordova and Carrall, we still have a while to wait. They’re getting it gussied (as you can see in the photos above) so it will pass its inspections early enough for them to use the space for commissary purposes and for large Christmas parties during the holiday season. Heather says the highly anticipated neighbourhood victualling station will “hit the ground running” in early January.
Take a look at how the space appeared when we first reported on it back in September of last year…