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L’Abattoir Kicks Off Their 13th Anniversary Celebrations This Sunday with Alumni, Shaun Layton

Gastown’s highly lauded L’Abattoir restaurant is celebrating their 13th anniversary this year. One way that they’re marking this impressive feat is by bringing in a bunch of their finest, most talented industry friends for a new series of collaboration events spread over the five months ahead, kicking off this Sunday (June 11th) with a bar takeover by L’Abattoir alumni, Shaun Layton (Como Taperia).

Layton was L’Abattoir’s opening Bar Manager back in 2010, and if you were kicking around the restaurant scene at that time then you know what a huge impact that opening team had on the culinary identity of Vancouver. If you are newer to the city and can’t remember a time without L’Abattoir: lucky you! But don’t let that stop you from slipping back in time to catch a glimpse of how the magic started out… For this weekend’s one-evening-only ‘Homecoming’ stint, Layton be revisiting those early career days by posting up behind the bar from 5-7pm, mixing up classic L’Abattoir cocktails from ‘back in the day’ – including his own invention and menu staple, the Avocado Gimlet.

Wait, it gets better: this Sunday is also the first day you can enjoy L’Abattoir’s new-retro three-course Prix Fixe menu at its OG 2010 pricing of just $75 (plus tax and grats). Find out more.

Keep in mind that seats at the bar are up-for-grabs the day-of only, so if working your way through the cocktail menu and seeing Layton close-up and in full-on bartender mode are your primary motivations (you’re probably not the only one), then arriving early is a no-brainer. Prefer to settle in for a double-whammy of dinner and cocktails and be one of the first to taste the new (old) menu? Reservations can (and should) be made HERE.

Neighbourhood: Gastown
2178 Carrall St.

Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver! As the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game.

Merci Bakery is Now Open for Business

This popular Farmers Market staple is now ready to open doors at their new brick-and-mortar Commercial Drive location.

Get Into the Free Economy Spirit at The Burrow’s Brunch & Bazaar, Feb. 9th

This isn't your average brunch or shopping event: besides nourishing your body affordably and replenishing your closet (for free!), this is also the opportunity to find new homes for your old, gently used threads, have fun, and connect with other like-minded folks in the community.

Hit The Magnet for Their ‘Island Darlings’ Tap Takeover, Feb. 10th

A change of scenery is nice, but sometimes the turnaround is just too short to justify the ferry trip. This weekend, we recommend forgoing the hassle of logistics in favour of a one-stop Vancouver Island brewery tour at The Magnet.