Westin Grand Vancouver to mix modern cuisine with old-school cocktail bar at new Hendricks Resto-Lounge

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      The Westin Grand is upping its game by offering a fresh foray into West Coast lounge culture.

      The Hendricks Resto-Lounge, located in the hotel's lobby (at 433 Robson Street), will have its soft-opening on February 20 with a grand opening on March 1.

      As part of the hotel's multi-million dollar renovation, the 98-seat, 1259 square-foot space promises to be a modern remix of the classic West Coast lounge, with a full-service restaurant, an old-school cocktail bar, and a show lounge component.

      Influenced by neofuturism, the room will integrate metallics and geometrics into a warm but muted colour palette.

      Westin Grand Vancouver executive chef Chris Savino's menu will feature lighthearted takes on traditional lounge fare, with notable international culinary influences.

      The breakfast menu will offer à la carte items (around $16 or $17 each), from chocolate banana waffles or smoked seafood benedict to tortilla española con tomate as well as either a continental breakfast buffet ($19) or a full breakfast buffet ($27).

      Lunch (ranging from $14 to $28) covers appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees, including selections such as tuna poke, a quinoa burger with gluten-free ricotta bun, and puttanesca (faux linguini noodles made of zucchini).

      Dinner will include raw bar selections, small plates, and main courses.

      The wide-ranging dinner menu, featuring diverse cultural inspiration, will cover raw bar selections, small plates, and main courses, and will include items (ranging from $12 to $28) such as a charcuterie and cheese board; cauliflower pizzettas with smoked salmon; tuna karaage lettuce wraps with edamame hummus and wasabi nori chips; butternut squash mac 'n' cheese; and an updated rumaki with B.C. duck confit, turkey bacon, and green-apple slaw.

      Heading up the bar will be Matt Houston (formerly of West Vancouver's Milestones) with themed cocktails from the Mezcal Penicillin to the Hemingway Daiquiri. A rotation of four local craft beers will be on tap, with seasonal wine selections also available.

      Entertainment will also be served up, with live music on Tuesdays and DJs on Saturday nights.

      While the space has yet to be unveiled, the restaurant's website is up and will include details about upcoming performance lineups. 

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