Pig on the Street owners to open Pig & Mortar restaurant

It’s been less than a year since Pig on the Street’s bright pink van rolled onto Vancouver streets, but food truck owners Mark Cothey and Krissy Seymour already have plans to open a restaurant. Pig & Mortar (1529 West 6th Avenue) is scheduled to open in mid-December and will help carry the pork-loving English couple’s business through the winter.

“It’s a tough slog to battle through the winter and really make it, so we really wanted to have a place where we could explore our food further and also have a year-round base for Pig on the Street so our business doesn’t suffer from being a seasonal business, because that’s what food trucks are at the end of the day,” Cothey told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview today (November 21).

The restaurant location, which previously housed Todd’s on Sixth, will include 30 seats inside and 14 seats on the patio. Seymour, who has worked in kitchens most of her life, will run Pig & Mortar’s kitchen, which will serve lunch and dinner.

“We’re calling it craft pub and grub,” Cothey said. “We’re primarily going to be focusing on craft beers, and we’re going to be getting some really cool wines on tap as well from the [Vancouver] Urban Winery.

“We’re going to be putting our menu in on days, so you can come in and get the Pig on the Street famous [bacon wrap] sandwiches during the day and cakes and coffees, and things like that,” Cothey continued. “For the evening, we’re going to be switching to kind of a tapas-style menu—obviously not in the Spanish sense—but…sort of the British gastropub angle. It will be primarily based around bacon and pork of course, because we’re the pigs.”

With Seymour moving to the brick and mortar location, Cothey has hired a new chef to help him run the food cart. While Pig on the Street has scaled back to just two days downtown over the winter season, with Saturdays at the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium, Cothey said that he plans on returning to five-days-a-week downtown next spring.

“Cramped spaces get to you after a while,” he said, “This is the first place we’re running by ourselves. It’s kind of bringing all our loves in because we’re big beer drinkers and we love craft beers, and we basically want to get all that warm and hearty food and fuse the two together.”

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oink
nice ad for the $9 bacon lettuce wrap truck. is it 2 or 3 pieces of bacon they put inside?
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R2
Time to send 'Oink' to slaughter, congratulations Pig on the Street and all the best with your new endeavour!
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oink
they must be near a bike lane. that'll be good for all the beer drinkers.
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Sally W.
Pig is not meant for food! Most people do not look at that, as they just think of the taste, and I used to love pork. Just a few years back, someone in the lunchroom was saying that their aunt quit eating pork and her arthritis went away! I thought she was joking, but apparently not!!!! Asian doctors and specialists are going into into Asian countries now and telling them not to eat pork because of that very same reason! I was blown away!!!!!!! Did you know that arthritis was more common than diabetis? I did not know that! And also pork goes to the joints, again, did not know that! A pig is a scavenger and we are not meant to eat anything that is a scavenger! Food for thought!
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Step Back
@Sally W. Well I met the one person from in my cafeteria who said that they never ate pork ever and one day they did and suddenly their asthma disappeared and they were no longer allergic to cat hair. Pork cured of it! European doctors and African specialists are going to South American countries suggesting that people increase their pork intake to cure many breathing related problems. Did you know people who can't breath often die? That fact really shocked me.
Pigs are scavengers but so are fish and chickens. Junk food for thoughts!
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Y3RTL3
Sally W,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis
Modern science is an amazing thing,
http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/trichinellosis/epi.html
Notice the decline is parasitic infection over the years due to proper management of the animal.
Perhaps in a backward country you'd find pigs with 100% parasites but here in Canada we're managing our animals quite well. No need to create doctrine that scares people away from eating an animal such as a pig because some form of 'magic' is killing people. Welcome to 2012, you're welcome.
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Tyler
HA! Step Back's comment is truly hilarious. Wow...the people on here.
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Gemma
Cool idea Pigs! Good luck works out well! Just around the corner from me so I will definitely be dropping by!
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Baconater
I work in the building so I am excited. Good luck and open soon.
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Darnell Danger
Inconsistant and never open
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