Head chef of L'Abattoir Lee Cooper (l) with GM extraordinaire Paul Grunberg.

Head chef of L'Abattoir Lee Cooper (l) with GM extraordinaire Paul Grunberg.

Ladies of leisure relaxing in the sunlit patio. From left: Gail Nugent and Elana Bennet from WE Vancouver and Sylvie Clemente of Peacock & Martin.

Ladies of leisure relaxing in the sunlit patio. From left: Gail Nugent and Elana Bennet from WE Vancouver and Sylvie Clemente of Peacock & Martin.

Online editor Hilary Henegar (l) of Granville Magazine and editor Janet Gyenes of BCHome Magazine.

Online editor Hilary Henegar (l) of Granville Magazine and editor Janet Gyenes of BCHome Magazine.

Winner of Vancouver's Best Bartender for 2010 and L'Abattoir's new head barman, Sean Layton.

Winner of Vancouver's Best Bartender for 2010 and L'Abattoir's new head barman, Sean Layton.

California summer dolls Krista Neill (l) and Tonya Meleca.

California summer dolls Krista Neill (l) and Tonya Meleca.

The one and only Nathan Fong with head of Heth PR, Shannon Heth.

The one and only Nathan Fong with head of Heth PR, Shannon Heth.

Thor Diakow (l) of Breakfast Television (CityTV) and Heather Watson of Blackbook.

Thor Diakow (l) of Breakfast Television (CityTV) and Heather Watson of Blackbook.

Event: L'Abattoir Opening
Venue: L'Abattoir, 217 Carrall Street, Gastown
Date: July 12, 2010


Take the former general manager of Bao Bei, Chambar, and MARKET, equip him with Mission Hill's apprentice chef, in the best bartender in Vancouver and what do you get? Well, a slaughterhouse.

Actually L'Abbatoir – French translation: you guessed it – is considerably more fun. With a cool atmosphere, the French-influenced eatery angles to survive in Gastown on the strength of its cocktail menu and airiness of its atrium out back.