Quebec's Cacao 70 to expand its chocolate empire across Metro Vancouver with three new locations

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      Here's some great news for sweet teethers.

      The chocolate bistro Cacao 70 was a hit right out of the gates when it opened up its first location in Vancouver at 1047 Denman Street in late December. After all, how can you go wrong by specializing in chocolate?

      Now, the Montreal-based company, which offers an array of dark chocolate and chocolate-related sweet and savoury dishes, is planning to spread its chocolate love across the Lower Mainland by rapidly expand throughout Metro Vancouver, with three (yes, three) new locations.

      Over on the North Shore, they'll be opening a sweet house in Lonsdale Quay at 143 Chadwick Court in North Vancouver. As Cacao 70 general director Samy Kadoch explained to the Georgia Straight in an interview in January, their sweet house concept is focused on take-out, offering chocolate drinks, desserts, and all-day brunch items to go.

      Meanwhile to add to the frozen fun that's been going on in town, they're also planning to open two dipperies, or ice-cream shops: one in Gastown (433 Abbott Street) and another in Steveston (3866 Bayview Street, Richmond). The dipperies will offer ice cream with artisanal dips.

      Opening dates and further details are yet to be announced.

      Cacao 70's granola waffle
      Cacao 70

      In other Cacao 70 news, the Denman location will be rolling out a new menu. Some of the previous items have had a makeover with new names, while there are also some new additions.

      The waffle department has expanded with more options: an apple and bacon with French vanilla bean ice cream and melted white chocolate; grilled chicken with bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and white cheddar cheese; and granola with yogurt, fruit, and melted milk chocolate.

      A new chicken and pineapple salad keep things sweet and salty.

      The crepe section has been streamlined with four options: a buckwheat vegetarian crepe with two eggs and salad; a buckwheat crepe with smoked ham and a salad; a classic crepe with grilled chicken breast, bacon, and a salad; and an apple bacon classic crepe with French vanilla bean ice cream and more.

      The new menu will be introduced on Tuesday (July 4), right after the Canada Day weekend wraps up. 

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