Alas, Gastown is losing one of its nouveau Chinese eateries.
Owner Ray Loy, who hails from Hong Kong, announced today (January 6) that he will be closing Bambudda at 99 Powell Street on February 19 after a three-and-a-half-year run.
“Our Gastown heritage building…is being renovated," Loy stated in a press release. "Our private room and kitchen, as well as floorspace belonging to our neighbour, Incendio Pizza, are all required to complete a new lobby, underground parking entrance, and further amenities. The landlord has been extremely fair with me and I have no complaints or regrets."
The 3,000 square foot restaurant seats up to 50 diners in its main room, plus an additional 20 in a private room and 19 at its bar and lounge.
In the leadup to its closure, the restaurant will be extending its happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from February 7 to 19. Specials will include Asahi and Tiger beer ($4), red or white wine ($5), classic cocktails ($7), and 50-percent off all small plates menu items, such as barbecue pork buns or sesame noodles.
Entrées include dishes such as truffle egg foo young, hoisin-braised beef, and braised pork cheeks. All of their dishes are designed to be shared.
The final evening of service on February 19 will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a farewell list of cocktails.