Five Years Ago This Week, the Launch of Belgard Kitchen Was Imminent in Railtown

For this week’s edition of our Throwback Thursday series we go back exactly five years ago this week to the launch of Belgard Kitchen in Railtown’s Settlement Building.

I was able to tour the final stages of its construction a couple of weeks before its launch in April 2014. It was a confusing jumble at the time. Vancouver Urban Winery and FreshTAP were already in operation in the 7,700 sqft space, but incoming was Postmark Brewing and the 65 seat Belgard Kitchen. If I recall correctly, the brewing side of things was still very much under construction but the restaurant was only getting its kitchen equipment installed. Fast forward five years and it’s become a reliably delicious and welcoming place for a bite and a drink, not to mention a destination for weekend brunches. Do the meatball skillet with spicy tomato sauce, parmesan cream and poached eggs — so good!

I took a bunch of photos that day, and share them below…

  • The exterior of The Settlement | 55 Dunlevy
  • Postmark Managing Director Nate Raylent and Settlement CEO Mike Macquiston on the bar | The Settlement
  • The crew hanging out at the bar | The Settlement
  • The crew hanging out at the bar | The Settlement
  • Belgard Kitchen sous chef Mark Reder, executive chef Reuben Major, chef de cuisine Jason Masuch
  • Taps lined up at the bar | The Settlement
  • Postmark Brewing taking over square footage from FreshTAP
  • New refrigeration/storage section being added for Postmark Brewing
  • Postmark Brewing contruction | The Settlement
  • Postmark Brewing contruction | The Settlement
  • Postmark Brewing contruction | The Settlement
  • Construction (nice hood) of Belgard Kitchen
  • Construction of Belgard Kitchen | The Settlement
  • Chef Reuben Major in the corner booth set up of Belgard Kitchen | The Settlement
  • Belgard Kitchen booth detail | The Settlement
  • The lovely benefits of having a lounge license! | The Settlement
  • Chef Reuben Major in the corner booth set up of Belgard Kitchen | The Settlement
  • These low tables will be switched out with high tops come opening day in mid-April
  • The Settlement retail detail
  • Up in the loft | The Settlement
  • The view from the loft | The Settlement
  • The view from the loft | The Settlement

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