Grosvenor Ambleside might just be another swanky West Van condo development, but it’s going to make plenty of local foodies happy, with three solid food-related retail tenants moving in.
Heirloom Vegetarian, which got its start in 2012 in South Granville, will open a new location at the mixed-use waterfront complex at 1300 Marine Drive.
So will Meinhardt Fine Foods, which opened its original location in 1996, also in South Granville, followed by the 2015 opening of its Pacific Centre outlet.
Finally, Earls Kitchen and Bar is planning a new concept restaurant for the project.
"While looking to expand and evolve the Heirloom brand, we fell in love with Ambleside,” Gus Greer, vice principal at Heirloom, said in a statement. “When this space and opportunity came to us, we saw the potential right away.
“We're tailoring the restaurant to the neighbourhood and making it more accessible with an on-the-go experience as well as traditional dining,” he said. “Our new location will also be the first to wake up the local community in Ambleside with a daily coffee and breakfast offering. We love the West Vancouver community and feel extremely excited and lucky to bring our Heirloom plant-based healthy goodness to Ambleside and West Vancouver."
Mo Jessa, president of Earls, said in a release that with the new concept restaurant, the company is “unchaining the chain restaurant”.
“You can expect to see the future of Earls as less of a chain and more of a collective of individually compelling restaurants influenced in part by our history and our experience, in part by inspired collaborations, but more by its location, market and purpose,” Jessa said.
Nearby Earls North Vancouver Tin Palace (303 Marine Drive) will soon close after 34 years in business. The company reportedly sold the 2.06-acre North Van property to a development group led by Darwin Construction for $20 million, according to Vancouvermarket.ca/.
In addition to the restaurants, several boutique shops and services are to set up shop at Grosvenor Ambleside, which sits on a former brownfield site that was home to a contaminated gas station. The project is being completed in two phases and consists of 99 homes in two concrete buildings joined by a glass-covered galleria, open at both ends, where artistic and musical performances programmed by the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts will take place.