Commercial Drive’s popular Lebanese restaurant, Jamjar, will soon close at its current location and move next door to the old Relish Burgers corner address (at East 7th Avenue).
I met with Jamjar’s owner, Fadi Eid, yesterday afternoon. He showed me around the 1,65o sqft space, which he took possession of two weeks ago. 2290 Commercial Drive is larger than the original with 84 seats, including a 16 seat bar and a 10 seat patio.
As Fadi tells it, the Relish Burgers spot became available just as his first five year lease was coming to a close next door, so it was sort of a no-brainer lateral move. The original lease, he says, has been flipped to a sushi restaurant.
The plan is to have the new Jamjar open on May 1st, the day Fadi needs to vacate the original address to make room for the new tenants.
Things will be slightly different here, with only his casual counter-service Jamjar Canteen concept operating in the day and the evenings seeing service split between Jamjar Canteen in one part of the space (bar and front counter) and the classic Jamjar – complete with table service and liquor license – in the rest of the dining room.
If you’re unfamiliar with the local chainlet, it’s delicious stuff. Take a look at their menus here.
Hours will be set from 11:30am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on the weekends. Take a closer look inside…