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Two Chefs Ready Butcher Shop “Big Lou’s” For Powell And Gore

Two Chefs & A Table partners Karl Gregg and Allan Bosomworth get ready for Big Lou’s at Powell and Gore

Karl Gregg and Allan Bosomworth of Two Chefs & A Table are opening a nose to tail 1930’s-style butcher shop on the northwest corner of Gore (natch) & Powell this September (269 Powell). It’ll be called Big Lou’s, named in honour of an old school Sechelt butcher who was the father of one of Gregg’s buddies growing up.

  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Exterior
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Interior, retail side
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Interior, butcher's side
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Interior, butcher's window
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Interior, door to butcher's side
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Interior, retail shop, door to butcher's side
  • Big Lou's Butcher Shop | Exterior

The space is split into two rooms, one for retail and sandwich scarfing (12 piano stools) and the other for butchery (both top out at about 800 sqft apiece). The former will see a long glass display case and counter service with the menu projected on the wall, while the former will feature a bright picture window (so passing street carnivores can press their noses against it) as well as a glass extension of a walk-in cooler that will showcase their aged beef.

They’ll be working with local meats from Polderside, Sloping Hills and other reputable farms, selling beef, turkey, chicken, duck, geese, pork, lamb and venison in addition to sandwiches made to order like slow roasted roast beef with red wine caramelised onions and mayo infused with drippings, Vietnamese banh mi, porchetta, sausage baguettes and pea meal bacon. Retail items will include their own line of wet and dry rubs, sauces and bagged meals for taking home, like Moroccan lamb shanks, Polderside coq au vin, and wine-braised short ribs.

Bonus: the shop side will be made available for private functions and special events set for 12-14.

Extra Bonus: the staff will be dressed old school, in white oxfords.

There are 8 comments

  1. this is AWESOME news. Now I can pick up my groceries at Sunrise, and dash across the street for some meats…

    Big risk at this location, but these guys know the neighbourhood well. Good on them!

  2. Sounds great! That’ll be cool if the employees wear old style outfits. There’s a butcher shop like that in Holland Park, London… I think it looks super.

  3. it’s a great location-NW corner of Powell/Gore-across the street from Rice World and kitty corner from Sunrise Produce.

    Not much in the store yet just some cutesy butcher paper on the windows.

  4. I live across the street and could see myself taking a visit, but how come all the info is provided EXCEPT for who and what the butchers background is. I think all in all that should be the first and most important information provided.

    good luck though, looking forward to the opening.

  5. This place is killer!! It has character and style and these guys know their stuff!! What a great space and a great concept….and today is opening day!!

  6. Great place. Picked up some bacon, fennel sausage and pickled asparagus. Bacon was yummy, and the house made asparagus is so good (haven’t tried the in house sausage yet). Glad you guys are in the neighbourhood! The concept is great. Service was really good and it was busy, which is really nice to see.
    Good luck!

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