Unchaining the chain: Earls Ambleside Beach to be the first new concept Earls in Canada

Every seat has a view at the seaside restaurant in West Vancouver

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      Earls Restaurant Group has revealed a few new details about the forthcoming Earls Ambleside Beach, describing the restaurant's aesthetic as “West Coast meets California Beach”.

      The waterfront West Vancouver spot (1375 Bellevue Avenue) is scheduled to open on May 9.

      Each table will have a water view, with a total of 189 seats inside and another 80 on the patio.

      Foodwise, we can tell you that a new brunch menu, exclusive to this location, will feature a Grilled Avocado Brunch Bowl, among many other items. Other menu selections include Lobster and Pancetta Pizza and Salmon Zen Bowl; more details to come.

      This will also be the first Earls to offer a permanent plant-based menu section with seven vegan-friendly options. 

      Earls’ culinary development chef David Wong created the menu, while head chef Simon Zanotto will handle day-to-day operations.

      On the bar side of things, beverage director Cameron Bogue, along with bartenders Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage, have developed a five-flavour, shelf-stable bottled cocktail range that will be bottled daily in front of guests—the first of its size and kind in the city. To further reduce the restaurant’s carbon footprint, they’re doing away with disposable plastic straws. 

      Earls sommelier David Stansfield, meanwhile, has developed a wine list that will include a rotating reserve menu and daily reserve glasses.

      “We feel Earls Ambleside Beach is an opportunity for guests to discover how Earls has grown,” Earls president Mo Jessa said in a release. “Expanding in competitive US cities like Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Miami showed us we need to ‘unchain the chain’ in order to ensure each restaurant we open is independently compelling.”

      The Earls internal design team of Abigail Stephens, Elly Chronakis, and Wendy Tait went with large format windows, natural wood, and exposed concrete to fit with the West Coast Modernist look of the Grosvenor Ambleside development, which houses the restaurant. There will also be tropical indoor plants.

      Earls Ambleside Beach commissioned several artworks for its corporate collection from local artists, including Andy Dixon, Fiona Ackerman, Ben Skinner, and all-female artist collective Thrive Art Studio.

      The seaside location will be the first new concept Earls in Canada. “The restaurant has carefully considered the West Vancouver customer and every element – from the design and art, to food, beverage and service – has been designed with this in mind,” the release stated.

      The restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to midnight on weekends.