Recently Opened: Chambar gets a new downtown location (next door)

Chambar | BCBusiness

A Vancouver institution spreads its wings—with a year-round patio

By moving to the building next door at 568 Beatty Street, Chambar has acquired a year-round patio, a room for private functions and a kitchen four times the size of the old one. Chef Nico Schuerman, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Karri, can now stretch creatively as well as serve more meals.

Breakfast and lunch have been added to the menu. Chambar opens at 8 a.m. so people can eat before going to work. It also stays open later, until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “We wanted to be a place you could come and have cocktails later in the evening without being in a club where you can’t even hear people talk,” says Karri. This won’t be a problem at Chambar where reducing sound levels was a major part of the interior design.

Visibly the new Chambar feels much like the old one: exposed bricks and beams, with the original furniture. “We’ve got a really good reaction from people about the space,” says Karri. “It’s nice to have confirmation that people feel like the essence of Chambar is still here.”