On May 1 we reported that Bao Down Snack Bar had closed, the second location for the Vancouver mini-chain to shutter in 2018.
After letting Daily Hive know that the reason for closing their colourful restaurant at 221 Carrall Street was the high cost of rent, co-owner Matt Adolfo and his business partner Executive Chef Greg Edwards had some big news to share about their next steps.
The business partners told Daily Hive they’d be aiming to open up their first new venture in a “couple of weeks.” It’s called Edwards Seafood and Spirits, and it will be located the former location of the now-shuttered OG Bao Down at 12 Powell Street.
“We have done a complete remake of the space to give a New Orleans feel with a San Francisco style seafood menu that is focused on Pacific Northwest ingredients,” Adolfo and Edwards told us.
The second place they plan to open will be called Nacho Loco, which will replace Bao Down on The Drive at 1408 Commercial Drive, and it will be opening this month.
Nacho Loco will be a Mexican cantina with affordable beer, tequila, mezcal, and cocktails, and grub like Bowen Island Lamb Barbacoa, gorditas, heaping plates of nachos, Carnitas, Gringas, papa al horno, volcanes, and parrillada for groups.
For anyone looking for their Bao Down favourites, the brand’s Gastropub + Rawbar in Olympic Village will be open at 115 West 2nd Avenue.
Adolfo and Edwards tell patrons they can rest assured that they’ll find most of their classics on the menu there, along with a new Hawaiian barbecue spread and expanded daily happy hour from 3 to 6 pm (and all day Monday).
We’ll keep you posted on exact opening dates for both of these new eateries.