Resto roundup: Plant-based eateries, Hawkers Wharf, Hamburger Mary's, and more

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      Here's a roundup of restaurants that have recently opened up or reopened over the past few months. The even-better news is that this week's collection is dominated by plant-based or health-oriented eateries, providing even more options for those who are vegetarian, vegan or interested in healthy diets.

      Point Grey gets Nourishment

      The organic, plant-based, vegan-oriented Nourish Vancouver opened a second location at 3742 West 10th Avenue. This new 1,500 square foot space features a 16-seat café and a cooking school.

      Good news for parents: it's a family-friendly destination featuring a kids' playspace.

      The cooking school will open in June, with classes for both youths and adults.

      A view of the interior at the new Nourish Café and Cooking School.
      Nourish Vancouver

      The menu includes Asian-influenced dishes such as the Nourish masala salad (with spring greens, marinated chickpeas, kohlrabi, dill, and more with a garam masala turmeric dressing) or the popular Bangkok noodle salad (with soba noodles, greens, carrot, almonds, and more).

      Rounding out the menu, there are also soups and sandwiches, such as spicy Moroccan stew or chickpea salad sandwich.

      Nourish masala salad
      Nourish Vancouver

      A fresh Freshii

      A new Freshii, which specializes in fresh-pressed juices and custom-made wraps burritos, salads, and bowls, is slated to open up its seventh location at 980 Howe Street, where Railtown Café is also planning to open a new location.

      Freshii did not respond to an inquiry from the Georgia Straight by the time of this posting.

      More Buddha bounty

      There's great news for fans of Buddha-Full. The popular organic, raw, gluten-free, vegan eatery is opening up two new locations.


      The new location will open this summer at 102–2120 Dollarton Highway at the North Vancouver retail and residential complex Northwoods Village.

      Another location to open in the near future will be at Hawkers Wharf at 925 Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver. (See next entry for more on Hawkers Wharf.)


      Buddha-Full's menu ranges from smoothies, cold-pressed juice, and kombucha to wraps, salads, and bowls. There are also wheatgrass shots, acai bowls (with gluten-free granola, acai, and more), seasonal soups, and assorted desserts.

      Hawkers on the North Shore

      There's even more exciting news for foodies on the North Shore.

      Hawkers Wharf is a public market that's opening this year at 925 Harbourside Drive on North Vancouver's waterfront.

      Hawkers Wharf

      The food hub, being created by Vancouver-based Hawkers Wharf on Concert Properties' 100,000 square-foot waterfront lot, will house over 40 local and independent food-related businesses to be housed in converted shipping containers.

      Hawkers Wharf

      The premises will also include a 4,000-square-foot communal kitchen, a 6,000 square-foot bar, vertical farm, tree nursery, and gardens.

      Mary returns to the Village

      Hamburger Mary's has finally reopened at 1202 Davie Street. Owner Phil Moon, who bought the West End late-night hangout in late 2014, had previously told the Straight that the West End diner would reopen in two months after closing for $1-million renovations in in March 2015.

      As the restaurant has only had a soft opening, Moon postponed an interview with the Straight.

      Moon owns several Davie Village businesses, including Numbers Cabaret and the Fountainhead Pub.

      And the eats go on... 

      Other new establishments that have opened or reopened include:

      • chef Faizal Kassam is opening tapas-style restaurant Terroir Kitchen in West Vancouver on May 28

      • popular East Van diner Red Wagon reopened on May 6 after about a month of renovations

      • in the West End, the Ramenman reopened this month after two months of renovations

      Strathcona Beer Company's East Hastings tasting room is under construction and aiming for a June opening

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