Veteran Vancouver restauranteur John Blakeley has sold his West End restaurant Left Bank, handing over the keys to the Denman Street eatery to new owners last week.
Known for its modern French bistro fare, Left Bank served wholesome dinner plates and a delightful weekend brunch spread. Blakeley will now focus his attention on his Kitsilano restaurant Bistro Pastis.
While the casual French restaurant’s Twitter and Facebook pages don’t allude to the change in ownership, Left Bank’s website details a rather simple message that reads that “Left Bank is still open for business but is now under new ownership.”
However, this isn’t exactly the case. We confirmed that Blind Sparrow, a gastropub, has already taken over the space and is scheduled to open mid-November.
Co-owners of this new venture Michael Gayman and Bryce Frisky (who both previously worked at Yaletown’s West Oak as General Manager and Executive Sous Chef respectively) are hard at work remodeling the restaurant, with all sorts of renovations being undertaken to achieve a laid-back, afterwork dinner and drinking destination.
Gayman indicated that the Blind Sparrow would be a local, bar, and hangout, serving casual food and shareable plates prepared by talented chef. The Blind Sparrow will also feature an impressive selection of craft beer, and B.C. wines, and host live music throughout the week.
Address: 751 Denman Street