When one door opens, another one closes. At least in the case of Doug Stephen and Lindsey Mann, but it’s not as sad as it sounds.
A few weeks after a wildly successful opening of Vancouver’s first ever Nashville Hot Chicken eatery, Downlow Chicken Shack, the chefs-owners have announced they will be closing the doors to their other restaurant nearby, Merchant’s Workshop, on August 16.
Situated at 1590 Commercial Drive, Merchant’s has been a fixture of the drive for years, and while Stephen and Mann don’t intend to abandon the much-loved eatery in any sense, they are “actively seeking a new space to reopen their concept in the near future with a core focus on change, innovation, and seasonality.”
The restaurant will be closing its doors on August 16, but until then patrons can enjoy a special Last Supper Series. This string of dinners by Stephen, Mann, and returning chef David Jackman will be themed as follows:
Winnipeg Connection Dinner – July 18
Chefs Jesse McMillian (Pizzeria Guerrilla, Tacqueria Guerilla), Gus Stiffenhofer-Brandson (Hawksworth)
The Not-Fried-Chicken Dinner – July 22
Chef Brian Satterford (Juke Fried Chicken), Strange Fellows Brewing Co.
2nd Annual Taco Fest – August 2 to 5
Superflux Beer Company
Coalesce Mixed Fermentation Tasting Menu – August 14
10-courses with Coalesce Brewing pairings
Parallel 49th Tasting Menu – August 15
The “OGs” (Stephen, Mann, and Jackman)
Greatest Hits Dinner – August 16
While the Merchants Team has said their “culinary ambitions that have simply outgrown their current location,” Stephen also added that there’s something exciting that will be taking over the Merchant’s location.
“We’re also really excited for what’s to come at 1590 Commercial Drive,” said Stephen.
Merchant’s Workshop will add more collaborative themed dinners in coming weeks, and after August 16 keep an eye out for the concept to pop up at various events around Metro Vancouver including the Southern BBQ.
Address: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver