Although current provincial health orders to end indoor dining have made operating food and beverage establishments challenging, there are still new places bravely opening up amid these trying conditions.
One such example is Maxine’s Café and Bar located at 1325 Burrard Street on the edge of Vancouver's West End. Perched between Harwood Street and Maxine Lane, this new spot will offer West Enders and those on the go some new options for daytime meals.
The café is making a go of it in the space formerly occupied by cycling-themed Musette Caffè, which had relocated from across the street in January 2017 but closed in February 2020.
Unfortunately, the venue’s stylish interior decor, inspired by Soho watering holes and European bistros, won’t be available for customers to enjoy, due to current provincial health orders.
In addition, its 24-seat patio is still under construction.
Instead, the establishment will focus on takeout and delivery with breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu options that chefs Bobby Milheron and Levi Johnston have designed to travel well.
Early-morning options will include housemade baked goods, breakfast sandwiches (back bacon, soppressata, edam, potato, and fried egg; smoked salmon and dill cream cheese on a croissant; and avocado, potato, pickled onions, and fried egg).
Breakfast dishes include classics such as eggs Benedict (with back bacon or smoked salmon) with potatoes, gruyère omelette, brioche French toast, and overnight bircher muesli.
Lunching selections span steak and eggs, coho salmon with warm potato salad, Maxine’s Le Diner Burger with fries, chickpea falafel bowl, and burrata with asparagus and cured egg.
Select bottles of wine are also available.
The new café is operated by Wentworth Hospitality, which also runs Homer Street Café and Tableau.