#TBT – short for “Throwback Thursday” – is a deep dive into Scout’s photo archives.
I remember being floored by the sheer size of the project, which loomed more like a cathedral ruin than a restaurant.
I remember this walkabout very well, mostly because of how convinced I was of the likely success of the place. Alas, no.
These images were taken in 2009, the popular restaurant's 11th year, arguably towards the very end of its long heyday.
When news broke of Kissa Tanto's coming, its success was seen as about as sure a thing as a thing could possibly be.
They invited me down to participate in the staff tasting on the day before launch. I was so excited that I skipped breakfast.
A year in the making, the new West Side location of an East Van favourite was immediately welcomed by the neighbourhood.
Selling a restaurant can't be easy, especially in the midst of a pandemic and in a neighbourhood that's having a hard go of it.
The brewery's new operation - complete with Pizza & Ale House - would not launch for another six months.
It didn't take long for Fable Diner to find a groove by serving up quality diner fare and some of the best milkshakes in town.
Sai Woo would launch in 2015 as a slick homage to the original Sai Woo Chop Suey, which operated here from 1925 to 1959.
Scout published these photos one day after receiving a back-of-the-napkin breakdown from The Parkside's co-founders.
Field & Social has since grown to three locations (with a fourth on the way), but the Fall of 2015 is when the ball started rolling...
The iconic building, together with its legendary Tiki Bar, would reopen as a 'cultural incubator' in just a few days...
Five years ago today I met Cord Jarvie, Justin Tisdall and Bryan Satterford outside what would eventually become Juke.
So much change has come to the neighbourhood since Lucy's opened (24 hours a day), but it has remained a reliable constant...
This #TBT is a reminder that it would be great if we could support the little guys if/when we can. The chain restaurants will be fine.
Many of the faces have changed, but the Gastown restaurant remains as reliably excellent a place for drinks and dinner as ever.
There's typically only ever one day like this in the lifespan of a restaurant. I was glad to catch this one and even sneak a few bites...
For this week's #TBT we go back exactly five years to when I toured what would eventually become Bodega on Main Street.
"Their new tasting room is an unusual touch of elegant Swedish cafe in the otherwise burly man-cave-esque brewery scene."
For this edition of Throwback Thursday we return to the south shore of False Creek in search of the Golden Dumpling...
It's been a year since the launch of The Magnet at 309 West Pender. It might as well have well been an eternity.
55 Powell St. was an address folks in the neighbourhood knew previously as Mark Brand and Alex Usow's casual Sea Monstr Sushi.
I remember walking through the old address brought up strong memories of the previous tenant, the original Irish Heather gastropub.
These two girls were living in a completely different world three Springs ago, and I bet they're missing it right about now.
Imagery from the Scout archives from back when we were all able to gather with friends and dine together without stress or worry.
The success of AnnaLena was unsurprisingly immediate. The characters involved and the talent assembled were just too good to really doubt.
Before Boneta, Shirakawa and MeeT got cooking here, this space was first a 'satellite' pop-up during the Winter Olympics.