A new wine bar will open in Strathcona before the summer is through. Located at the foot of the new Strathcona Village condo complex at 957 East Hastings, the new spot is already a couple of months in the making.
I have some confidence in the project as the 45 seat space is coming to us from former Mission Kits sommelier/co-owner Chase Macleod. The space was leased by Sean and Saeedeh Salem, owners of Okanagan wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella (two properties well known for their ambition and exacting standards), but I’m told they won’t be involved in operations.
I live just around the corner from the address and have been watching it develop with no small amount of curiosity, poking my head inside every other day and wishing it would be something interesting instead of another Browns or Starbucks. It looks like my wish might be coming true.
The main floor has a nice L-shaped bar for 7 people and windows that open up to the sidewalk. There’s a kitchen in the back, plus a small private room and wine storage area. There’s also a loft that looks to be reserved for office space and/or meetings. I haven’t seen renderings and am still in the dark regarding the food program, but whatever…I’m excited to see this happening in my neighbourhood.
The working name is VV Wine Bar & Lounge. It’s on track for an August opening.