Photos: East Van’s newest food and drink spot Bells and Whistles opens its doors
If you feel like restaurants are always opening up in downtown Vancouver and leaving other parts of town in the dark, you’ll be happy to know that’s not the case with this new dining establishment.
Bells and Whistles (3296 Fraser Street) made its debut today in the Fraserhood-Cedar Cottage area, officially launching its extensive menu of craft beers and diverse selection of food items.
It’s the latest restaurant venture for Gooseneck Hospitality (Wildebeest, Bufala, and Lucky Taco) led by restaurateurs James Iranzad, Josh Pape, and Nick Miller.
The 3,000-square-foot space offers 150-seats in a vintage diner-meets-contemporary concept interior. Designed by Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative and constructed by Milltown Contracting, the dining room features cushy and upholstered seats, wooden picnic tables, a marquee-style wrap-around wall tap list, ultra-HKD 4K projection screens to show sports games, and a streetwise mural by local artist Alex Usow (“Rhek”).
There’s even an entertainment room with games like basketball hoops and Skee-Ball, which will offer complimentary plays during happy hour (daily from 2 to 5 p.m.).
Its drink menu includes 19 draught lagers, ales, and ciders, local craft beers, and a custom “Bells and Whistles” pale ale by Four Winds Brewing. Guests will also be able to order other libations such as cocktails and B.C. wines.
Executive chef Alessandro Vianello uses locally and ethically sourced ingredients to create his culinary items, which include snacks, mains, salads, desserts, and more. You’ll find everything from short rib, brisket, and chuck burgers to fresh fish sandwiches served on custom milk buns, garlic fries to ballpark chili, and soft-serve ice-cream cones to sundaes.
“All of us at Gooseneck are big sports fans and it’s been a dream of ours to one day open a unique and accessible beer hall and casual food concept,” said Iranzad, in a press statement. “To be able to do it in Cedar Cottage–an exciting, up-and-coming neighbourhood that we also call home–makes it a perfect fit.”
Scroll through the photos below for a first look inside the new eatery and beer spot.