Fairmont Pacific Rim to Transfer Ownership of Giovane Cafe to Team Behind Pizzeria Farina and Ask For Luigi

the GOODS from The Lobby Lounge + RawBar

Vancouver, BC | Today, Fairmont Pacific Rim announces that Kitchen Table Group will assume operational ownership of giovane café + eatery + market effective Tuesday, August 4. The downtown café and eatery will close its doors after morning service on Monday, August 3 to make way for an anticipated re-opening under its new management in mid-August.

This project marks the latest venture for the beloved hospitality group, which owns and operates a number of award-winning local restaurants including Ask For Luigi, Pourhouse, Pizzeria Farina, Di Beppe and the newly launched pop-up Pastifico di Luigi in Vancouver, as well as North Vancouver’s Farina a Legna.

Regular restaurant operations of Fairmont Pacific Rim will continue at The Lobby Lounge and RawBar with the addition of a morning coffee bar service and breakfast from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. daily, beginning Tuesday, August 4, as well as continuing with weekend brunch service. The Pac Rim Patio Pop-Up is now open daily from noon – 8 p.m. through September 25 (weather permitting), with In-Room Dining also available for hotel guests. Botanist remains temporarily closed and re-opening plans will be shared once available.

The entire team at Fairmont Pacific Rim would like to sincerely thank the community for their continued patronage of giovane cafe + eatery + market over the past 10 years of operation, and looks forward to working alongside the award-winning Kitchen Table Group to provide another elevated offering to the food and beverage venues available at the hotel.

Further details about the opening will be announced by Kitchen Table Group in the coming weeks.


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  1. This may sound weird, but Giovane held a special place in my heart. I came here for coffee or breakfast almost every single day for the past 3 years, and I have nothing but praises for the quality of food, friendliness of the staff, and the overall class of the cafe. When the pandemic first started, I obviously didn’t return for a while. But when I did come back finally, I realized that the ownership has change. Giovane right now is not what it used to be. All the great food it used to have, is gone. Full breakfast bowls, made to order pizzas and amazing sandwiches turned into grab and go yogurt cups and overpriced simple sandwiches. Yes, Givane was on the pricier end before, but I understood its price as the quality of food was incredible. They used to have a high quality steak breakfast bowl filled with cheese and gnudi for $25. I don’t know how the current management can justify charging $17 now for a crossaint with literally a piece of ham in the middle. The specialty sweets old Giovane used to have are also gone. Including their sugar bun which was beloved by locals. The place is literally just a shell of its former self after the ownership change. I have nothing against the staff and they were super friendly when I visited, but please bring back the old ownership or at least some of its more popular items before this place loses its charm. If I wanted Pasta, I would go to trattoria or the actual Ask for Luigi instead of here. There is nothing special about Giovane now.

  2. I agree with you, Bill. Giovane is crap now compared what it used to be. I don’t know what they were thinking.