Basement Lounge ‘Boogie Van’ Opening Soon

Stu Irving, owner/chef at Railtown’s Latin-themed Cuchillo, is opening a new lounge / private function space called Boogie Van in the basement of his restaurant.

The 1,000 sqft space underneath Cuchillo has been in the works for over six years. I remember being told of its future as a possible lounge when touring the construction site back in January of 2013, so when I looked in on progress yesterday afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to see it nearly finished.

Accessed by a long sliding door, the interior of the approximately 50-seat Boogie Van project is being inspired by Stu Irving’s souped-up early 1980s Chevrolet van. True story: it was airbrushed with fantasy artwork — think spooky full moon, broad sword, battle axe, vulture, skull, et cetera. The van even had its name – “Black Knight” – emblazoned on its rear.

So how does that translate to a lounge interior? We’re talking purple neon signage, crushed red velvet panelling and metalhead murals with the back door panels of the original van actually being incorporated into the 10-ft. wide stand-up bar (no stools). The ceiling is low and the seating is high and there is room in one corner for a small band or a DJ to do his/her thing.

Stu wasn’t 100% clear if it’ll regularly be open to the public, but I imagine it will be on weekends at the very least and always available for buy-outs and special events. It has its own kitchen but I’m in the dark as to what it might produce. I can’t wait to see what it’ll look like when it’s finished and hope to loop back in the next few weeks for some more photos. In the meantime, this is what I saw yesterday…

  • IMG_1419
  • IMG_1420
  • IMG_1422
  • IMG_1424
  • IMG_1425
  • IMG_1427
  • IMG_1428
  • IMG_1430
  • IMG_1446
  • IMG_8568
  • IMG_8723
  • IMG_8724

There are 0 comments

Take a Look Inside Alimentaria Mexicana, Opening Soon on Granville Island

Ernesto Gomez's new Mexican restaurant concept is almost ready to go in the old Edible Canada location.

A Sneak Peek Inside ‘Giovane Bacaro’

The new day and night caffe and restaurant from Kitchen Table Restaurants officially opens Thursday, June 10th.

Inside ‘Oh Carolina’, Opening Soon in East Van

The more I get to know about this place the more I'm jealous that it isn't located around the corner from my house.

New Dumpling Shop ‘BLND TGER’ to Launch in Chinatown this Summer

Three first timers are creating something that will amount to more than it outwardly seems in the old Mamie Taylor's space.