Last fall, Chambar Restaurant (562 Beatty Street) announced that it would move to a new location in summer 2014. On July 18, owners Nico and Karri Schuermans hosted a media preview of the soon-to-open space, located at 568 Beatty Street.
The restaurant was still under construction but is slated for an August opening.
Similar to Chambar’s current space, the new restaurant features exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, as well as a long bar with a curved ceiling to the left of the entrance. The dining room will accommodate up to 270 diners, including a year-round patio that faces the public corridor that runs alongside the Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain station.
The new kitchen is located down a set of stairs. It’s large and runs at least half the length of the restaurant. Also downstairs is Chambar’s new private dining space. The room can accommodate 84 people, or be divided into private dining rooms for 20 and 64 guests.
In this new location, Chambar patrons will have access to a rooftop patio during private dining occasions. Use of the space will be an additional $1,000 fee, and I was told that cocktail parties and sit-down dinners can be hosted by Chambar up on the roof. During the media preview, I had a chance to venture onto the roof, which is accessed by a private elevator, and the views offered include those of Gastown, B.C. Place Stadium, and False Creek.
Once the new Chambar location is open, the restaurant will be extending its hours to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Chambar’s former sister restaurant, Café Medina, is now under sole proprietorship of Robbie Kane, and will have a new chef when it moves to 780 Richards Street.
Check out more photos from Chambar's new location below.