Colin Shandler owns The Tipper, a Vancouver restaurant on Kingsway, east of Victoria Drive.
While he already wears a chef’s hat, Shandler wants a new one: that of the city’s mayor.
On his Twitter account, Shandler describes himself firstly as an independent mayoral candidate in this year’s municipal election.
When reached today (May 16) at his restaurant, the entrepreneur answered some questions, but he had one request.
“Please don’t write anything until you get to know me,” Shandler told the Straight by phone.
Shandler also suggested finding someone in the neighbourhood who may know him, although he didn’t provide a name.
The Straight took a chance by calling Joseph Jones, a retired UBC librarian who keeps track of development issues through his Eye on Norquay blog.
It turns out that the two are fairly acquainted since Jones and some of his fellow city watchdogs have booked space at The Tipper for a number of meetings in the past.
According to Jones, Shandler strikes him as a decent guy.
Although Jones doesn’t feel enthusiastic about the fall election, he’s quite pleased that someone like Shandler is interested in putting his name forward.
Jones said: “I’m glad to see at least one declared candidate other than [Vision Vancouver mayor] Gregor Robertson at this point.”