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Apr 28, 2011 12:40 AM

Kits Happenings

Some things in transition:
Incendio is toast with the location beside 5th ave Cinema being renamed Novo: Pizzeria and winebar, rustic italian comfort food (seems to touch all the bases!)- opening soon.

Keis Bakery is gone being replaced with a Donair spot.

Chocolate Arts is moving after many many years on W.4th to West 3rd, a couple of blocks East of Burrard, (sounds like they are synching up with their production space which is in the same area).

Cafe Regalade (4th at MacDonald) is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday at this point. Dinner service will start once they get their liquor license. (anyone been in yet?)

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    1. Chronic Tacos on 4th @ Burrard is close to completion.

      Shame about Keis Bakery I just didn't get there enough and one day.........

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      1. re: Sam Salmon

        Uprising Breads 3000 block W Broadway is open.

        Stopped by today and had a few pumpkin tarts-delicious treats but prices overall are on the high side.

        FWIW-I've never been a fan of Uprising-it's an odd operation with their 70's era stodgy breads and I'm not sure what the Kits store is-bakery cafe/deli/coffee joint or all three also unsure if they do any actual baking there yet or ever will.

        Za House Pizza 2899 block Broadway is also open for business too bad I was so full from lunch earlier.

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I had a ham and cheese croissant at Uprising this am. At $2.25 plus tax I thought the price was okay but the product was decidedly meh. And I was almost blind from the floor tiles (you really have to see them to believe them).

          I also stuck my head into Za House Tuesday (their first day). No takeaway menus yet and though the full menu is on line, I can't access it with my laptop -- too many tricky effects. There was a pie with prosciutto and arugula that sounded downright edible on the board. I'll give 'em a little time to settle in and then try one out.

          I'm crossing my fingers that something interesting and edible goes in where the hobby shop was... and I'm waiting with 'bated breath for the Honest Butcher to open up.

          1. re: grayelf

            Uprising closed their Kits location as of yesterday. I'll have to find their soda bread elsewhere.

            1. re: Hachidori

              Rumour has it that entire block is going to be knocked down to make way for condos... anyone else heard anything? If true, does not bode well for Parthenon Supermarket...

              1. re: Hachidori

                They pretty much sucked so it's no real loss-the 70's era floor tile told the story-an ancient business model and mediocre products do not a successful business make not in this 'hood.

                1. re: Sam Salmon

                  Agreed, they aren't the greatest but I will miss this place. Any suggestions for an alternative place to kill an hour or two in this stretch of West Broadway where I can get both gluten free and regular baked goods?

                  1. re: geekmom

                    The closest I can think of with gf is Edible Flours up by the IGA.

                    Stretching the boundaries of Kits a bit, newish coffee and noodle house (??) at Broadway and Hemlock. Serving 49th P and Bayswater Teas. Hope they do better than the grim AYCEs that preceded them. Name is Chasing Dragon (grin).

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Thank you, I will check them out. It's hard to be picky when you're looking for GF options!

                      1. re: geekmom

                        There is a little bakery beside La Buca on MacDonald that looks quite cute and is advertising gf options. I made a mental note of the name but alas, no recall. It is just north of the restaurant, beside the Patty Shop.

                        Also saw a redevelopment sign on the building that houses Artigiano. I wonder if they are moving. Sure would be nice to see a true independent coffee house on that part of Broadway.

                        1. re: grayelf

                          That bakery has been through some changes of late-formerly classic Canadian goods like Date Bars, Butter Tarts and sandwiches all top notch.

                          Long time Staff @ the nearby ICBC/MVB have told me the place has hit bottom since the former owner left-maybe he passed away can't remember details.

                          1. re: Sam Salmon

                            I should have been clearer -- it has definitely undergone a complete facelift and product makeover. I don't know what they mean by "hit bottom" but I'd be willing to give it a try if I were looking for baked goods in the area, particularly with the relative dearth of gf options nearby.

                              1. re: Sam Salmon

                                The Thai place south side 2800 block W Broadway is gone replaced but some Indian joint of no particular distinction.

                                Golden Aura raw everything is opened up in the 2600 block same street not my thing but may appeal to some.


        2. Ok, not technically Kits at all. But the space previously occupied by Vivo Gelato (?) at 38th and Arbutus is going to be a place called Mac (something about being the ultimate mac & cheese).

          If so, my 5 yr-old may decide to move in there permanently ........

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            I read it's going to be called the Mac Shack on a food blog. Nice to have another eats option in Kerrisdale :-).

            1. re: grayelf

              Thx GE, I knew I had part of their name missing :-/

              I'd like to see mac & cheese on a stick, a la corn dogs :-D

          2. Migz is gone, to be replaced by a new outpost of Yaggers.

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            1. re: grayelf

              Hopefully we see some good thigs out of the guys from Yaggers. Honest butcher should be interesting to see, perhaps a crowded market with Butcher on 10th, Market meats, and Jacksons all in kits...

              1. re: FAM04

                Honest will be the only one within easy walking distance for me so I am full of hope :-).

                1. re: grayelf

                  The New Bohemian 3200 W Broadway is gone to be replaced by something with a generic/stupid sounding name.

                  Presto Cucina 2200 W. 4th also a goner.

                  New Bohemian
                  3162 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H3, CA

                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                    The windows at Presto are papered over now, wonder what "cool" concept will be going in. W. 4th has sure taken a hit with more empty storefronts than I can remember.

                    Anyone tried Novo by the 5th Ave Cinema yet? They've been open for a couple of weeks nows. They're on my pizza list for next week.

                      1. re: fmed

                        I didn't have the same experience Ms. Gill had. Of the two pizzas we had at Novo, the dough was too thick, neither crispy nor doughy, nary a sign of char, and the sauce was bland and lifeless.

                        1. re: clutterer

                          Pizza was good, chewy, but had body (and they slice it!!!), the sauce was very simple, could have used a bit more punch, overall I thought it was very good pizza

                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                      I hear it's the same owners as New Boho but re-branded as something like ..Extreme...??? Extreme what I have no idea, just sayin..

                      referred to New Bohemian.....

                      1. re: starlady

                        I believe Presto Cucina is going to be a Burgoo...

                          1. re: meghany

                            ^^ Good news! That's a great location for Burgoo - and oh so handy for me :-)

                            1. re: meghany

                              Woohoo !

                              Burgoo needs to be a chain :-D

                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                    Anyone know what's going in at the former Tomato Cafe spot on Bayswater? Lots of ripping and tearing going on...

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      I drove by there yesterday and wondered the same !

                                      1. re: grayelf

                                        I was under the impression that the whole thing is coming down to build condos.

                                        1. re: eatrustic

                                          Too much to hope it would become another eatery I guess.

                                      2. re: LotusRapper

                                        LotusRapper - It's on 4th and Vine. Formerly Presto Cucina.

                      2. Cafe Regalade is really good! Not cheap but had a nice catch up with an old friend kind of lunch there the other day and we ate our heads off. They do skillets with eggs on top of various delightful things like wild mushrooms and proscuitto in an obviously highly fatty cream sauce. Divine. The moules frites were really good, with mayo for dipping. Several daily specials. Portions enormous.

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                        1. re: waver

                          Chewies Oyster Bar opened in that challenging location on Yew and W. 2nd. In addition to the usual clam and mussel steamers I see they also have fried chicken - although it's a breast that has been marinated for 2 days in buttermilk and honey - wonder what the texture is like after that much soak time....

                          Burgoo is up and running on W 4th

                            1. re: Gaseous Clay

                              Yup, stand corrected. W. 1st and Yew

                              1. re: eatrustic

                                O Be Still My Beating Heart.....

                                Something is going on @ the Orestes building!!!

                                Yes I know it's been decades since there was an eating establishment of note in the old sentimental favourite but Hope Springs Eternal.

                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                    No-across the street from the Hollywood.

                                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                                      Is that the spot that can't keep a decent restaurant? (there was Moomba years ago, then some Japanese restaurant, and a handful in between...). Large space, kitchen on the left inside the front door, and an upstairs area too?

                                      1. re: meghany

                                        Yeah that's it-rent isn't cheap and the owner's an old multi-millionaire that doesn't really care one way or t'other if it's rented.

                                        1. re: Sam Salmon

                                          As reported elsewhere a couple of major restaurant moves in the hood:

                                          ReFuel has called it a day and sold the space to Trevor Bird a Top Chef competitor who will call the space "Fable" Best of luck to him. Last day for ReFuel is March 24!

                                          The old DB Space on W. Broadway has finally gotten a taker in the form of the team from Q4 on W. 4th. They plan to do minimal changes and set up shop fairly quickly.

                                          Nice to see some life back in that block as Thomas Haas must have been wondering why no one wanted to hang with him ;0.

                                          In addition the surprisingly excellent Vancouver Olive Oil Company has added some more foodie depth to the block. Boutique oil stores like this don't usually work for me but anyone who brings in a rotating 6 or 8 of the freshest olive oils from around the world (following the harvest seasons) gets my attention.

                                          They also have some really good balsamic vinegers, all on tap. I picked up a bottle of Serrano Chile Honey Balsamic that is absolutely killer!

                                          1. re: eatrustic

                                            Thanks for the intel on the oil company I do need some fresh stuff.

                                            And as a long time neighbourhood resident I'm Glad to see the back of the ignorant bellicose bastids who ran Refuel.

                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                              Are you serious Sam? The only reason why I came into Kits was to eat at Refuel. No wonder why they couldn't make a go of it.

                                              1. re: peter.v

                                                Gotta agree with peter there. Refuel is one of the few restaurants in a regular rotation for me in Kits. I'm almost always on the east side for eats. Had a lovely farewell burger there last night as a matter of fact. I'm sorry you don't respect the folks that run it, Sam. I've never had anything but thoughful service there, and I liked the nose-to-tail approach of not wasting beast flesh very much. I still remember with particular fondness both such meals that I enjoyed at the former incarnation, Fuel. You gotta love the first place you ever ate pig brains ;-).

                                                Happy to hear that all the staff will find places at the owners' other ventures, either the Campags or the soon-to-be Fat Dragon. I also understand that it wasn't so much not being able to make a go of it but rather the inconsistency of the bums in seats: eg 50 covers one Friday, 100 the next. That must be a bear in terms of staffing.

                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                  I'm going to miss that burger. This closure completes that team's wholesale move to East Van. Is there anyplace left in Kits that is worthy?

                                                  1. re: fmed

                                                    Bistrot Bistro, Cafe Regalade, Bishop's, Flying Tiger, Pastis, and Jolly's are all good ........

                                                    1. re: fmed

                                                      In my ever brief fly through town, we hit Siena on a Friday night. No ressies taken, we called about 20 minutes ahead and they said they could probably take us. We got there and were confronted by a group of campers. Staff were super nice, gave our group a glass of champagne for our troubles. The food was definitely worth it (from what I remember, we had hit Todd's beforehand for wine and oysters so my buzz was very buzzworthy by this point). Overall everyone had a very nice meal. Nice room, friendly service, good food. But be prepared to wait with the no reservation policy on busy nights.

                                              2. re: eatrustic

                                                NO!! Where am I going to get my burger?? :(

                                                1. re: eatrustic

                                                  Re the Q4 move, apparently the one on 4th is closing completely and reopening where DB was with the addition of a winebar/cocktail per There will be 200 seats for diners, whew. I wonder what they'll do with the 4th Ave space?