I was having a drink at the bar in L’Abattoir in Gastown last night and noticed a huge chandelier of wrapped presents cascading down from the ceiling in the shape of an inverted Christmas tree. The owner, Paul Grunberg, told me it was the work of Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds, two local designers who donated their time to Yule up a few businesses around Maple Tree Square. See also their white-lit arch of plum trees at the entrance to Roden Gray, the Christmas wreath of shiny Sapporo beer cans at Sea Monstr Sushi, and the cellophane-wrapped bikes at Strada Cycles. Take a look:
Wild sockeye salmon nigiri at Sea Monstr Sushi | 55 Powell St. | $2.50 per piece.
Around Christmas I posted a video that was shot at an American sporting event and showed a beer dispensing machine that blew my mind. Why? Because it poured from the bottom to the top instead of the other way around. Unbeknown to me at the time, Mark Brand and Alex Usow at Gastown’s Sea Monstr Sushi had one of the BottomsUp machines on order. With Sea Monstr’s liquor license about to finally drop tomorrow, Brand broke out the machine for an ice cold Sapporo test run this afternoon…
by Andrew Morrison | The much-anticipated Sea Monstr Sushi opens tonight at 6pm in Gastown (55 Powell). The 16 seater from Sharks + Hammers duo Alex Usow and Mark Brand (co-owner of Boneta, The Diamond, Save-On-Meats) will serve sushi by chef Keith Allison – formerly a fixture at Dan on West Broadway (interview). We poked our heads in for their friends and family dry run, and feasted big. The dynamite rolls were the best, made better with a lick of the house blend of hot sauce and a cold brace of Steam Whistle beers. A cool little space. Check it out the photos… Read more
Mark Brand, co-owner of Boneta, The Diamond, Sea Monstr Sushi and Shark + Hammers, has secured a lease on the building that has housed the iconic Save On Meats at 43 West Hastings for over half a century. Possession comes in July. Brand has food related plans for every floor, as well as a restaurant at street level. Will the glorious, towering neon sign stay with its smiling pigs and dollar signs? About 2 million people hope so…
Sea Monstr Sushi co-owner Mark Brand introduced the upcoming Gastown restaurant’s newly appointed chef to me the other day in Scout’s office. In quite the coup, he’s hired on Keith Allison, formerly of Ken Oda’s superlative Dan on West Broadway. What is Sea Monstr Sushi? Read more
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 (that I love) conjured by his wife Nicole.
The new and very narrow 585 sqft space will hold 30 seats, including a 12 seat bar. No cocktails, I’m afraid, just 10-15 rolls sushi (the only booze on hand will be Sapporo beer on tap). The front will be all glass to expose the rolling station. Take-away traffic and lunch will presumably be huge, as the neighbourhood is starved for sushi. The duo’s shop – rebranded as the “Sharks + Hammers General Store” – will be installed in the Alexander St. side of the new (but ancient) building with a glass wall rising up from the restaurant’s rear banquette, thus separating the two businesses. The original Sharks + Hammers location will be turned into a gallery. Read more
Owners: Mark Brand & Alex Usow
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About The Business
Welcome to Sharks & Hammers.
We sell a little bit of this and a little bit of that because, why not, and because we can. We sell items that we think you’ll enjoy because we know we enjoy them. Some of the clothing and goods that we sell are products that we make, or that our friends make. We evolve and grow and so does our stock.
So drop in on us, crack some jokes, share stories, listen to music, overhear weird conversations, see employees stare at computers, have some candy, cut through to get to our restaurant (Sea Monstr Sushi) and peruse the variety of wares that we have for sale.
We’ll be happy to see you.