Nine leading Railtown restaurants and cafés have come together to showcase the heart of a growing culinary community and help support a community-serving.
Supported by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) of which the Railtown neighbourhood resides, Dine Railtown sees such establishments as Ask For Luigi, The Belgard Kitchen and The Mackenzie Room offer an exclusive feature from November 1 to 30 with proceeds from the sale of each item earmarked for programming at the Powell Street Getaway, one of 42 sites operated by the Lookout Housing and Health Society across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.
The Powell Street Getaway at 528 Powell Street, is a peer-led resource centre that supports people living with chronic illnesses, addictions and/or mental health challenges. Funds raised from Dine Railtown will be put directly towards Powell Street Getaway programming and initiatives.
“We’re proud of the owner-operated small businesses that have come to define Railtown as a true dining destination in Vancouver,” says Theodora Lamb, Executive Director at the SBIA. “It’s an opportunity for people to discover some of what this area has to offer through a culinary lens while, at the same time, building connections to the community in which these businesses operate.”
An exciting highlight of the Dine Railtown initiative is the launch of a custom illustrative map drawn by local artist Tom Froese that highlights both well-known and hidden culinary gems located within the Railtown neighbourhood. The map is available at all participating Dine Railtown locations as well as online on the SBIA website here.
- Ask For Luigi: Sice 2006 this intimate Italian-inspired restaurant offers traditional fare with outstanding family-style service;
- Cuchillo: Named the sexiest room in the city, Cuchillo offers delicious cocktails and a Latin-inspired menu;
- Pallet Coffee Roasters: Officially opening on Monday, November 4, this is the beautiful new Head Quarters for Pallet Coffee, a locally-owned and community-minded specialty coffee company;
- Uncommon Cafe: This place is known for its cozy cafe vibes, and delicious home-made food using fresh local products. They are also a commissary kitchen that supports many local makers in the food industry;
- Railtown Cafe: This is a cornerstone establishment of the Railtown food scene, known for its epic build-your-own salad bar, gourmet sandwiches and healthy comfort food;
- LanaLou’s: The first of the Railtown restaurants opened in 2019 and was founded by husband and wife, Lana and Lou. Primarily known for being a live music venue supporting local bands, Lana Lou’s has a home-cooked menu featuring comfort food and great drinks. Starting in November they will also be opening for lunch Tuesday to Friday;
- The Settlement Building: The three brands housed within the Settlement Building: Belgard Kitchen, Postmark Brewing and Van Urban Winery, are all influenced by the West Coast lifestyle and known for their consistent quality and amazing flavours;
- St Lawrence: Known for a marriage of classic French cuisine and traditional Quebecois fare, this fine-dining destination was named Best Restaurant of the year by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and 2019;
- Mackenzie Room: This rustic yet refined restaurant offers a chalkboard menu of seasonal family-style fare great for vegetarians or carnivores alike.
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