Three chic Railtown Cafe locations across Vancouver join the original Railway Street eatery.
When Railtown Cafe opened its doors on Railway Street back in 2012, it became an instant hit with neighborhood residents who craved made-from-scratch comfort food—the type of salads, soups and sandwiches people like you and me love to eat for lunch if only we had the time to, you know, make it every day.
The original counter-service cafe was founded by chefs Dan Olson and Tyler Day as a complement to their popular Railtown Catering company. In 2016, the duo opened their first Downtown Vancouver location at 968 Howe Street, and followed that up with an Olympic Village location last April. The third location, which just opened at 429 Granville Street, takes over a space that has seen restaurant after restaurant open and fail. But judging by the long lines and happy faces during the first week, we predict that Railtown will be here for many years to come.
“It’s been a banner year for all of us in the Railtown family and we’re excited to bring our unique brand of cuisine to yet another neighbourhood in Vancouver,” says Olson. “Our entire staff is looking forward to welcoming both new and loyal friends and family to our latest location on Granville Street and raising a glass to a year of unprecedented growth.”
Railtown Cafe’s success—not just at the new address on Granville but at all four locations—lies in the brand’s ability to create spaces that fit the neighborhood where they are situated. Though each eatery is designed cleverly designed to fit their space, there is no doubt when you step in that you are in a Railtown Cafe. Perhaps it’s the perfect combination of whimsical floors designed to look like Moroccan tiles, the warm wood top tables and splashes of the signature red color. Whatever it is, it’s working for them. Of course, none of it would matter if it wasn’t for a simple but menu featuring classic Railtown fare, including sandwiches made on artisan breads, delicious pastries baked in house each day, a build-your-own salad bar, and hearty soups. At the Granville location, there are also cold-pressed juices, locally roasted coffees, as well as local craft beers, wine and spirits.
What: Railtown Cafe