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Railtown Cafe second location now open in downtown Vancouver

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Hanna McLean Dec 14, 2016 3:16 am 1,652

Your new go-to lunch spot is officially opening next week.

Railtown Cafe’s second location at the corner of Howe and Nelson Street will be up and running on Monday, December 19, but if you pop by before then, chances are you’ll be able to taste the smoked meats and housemade soups as they have soft-launched as of December 14.

Located at 968 Howe Street, the counter-service casual eatery has brought their beloved made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries to the fresh space tucked inside Manulife Place.

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The industrial-chic 1700-square foot space has seating for 40 people inside, and come spring the cafe will open its large sliding doors to a patio with seating for 14.

Customers can expect the same high quality healthy fare that Railtown has been serving up at its first location on Railway Street. With a large selection of protein-packed, vegetarian, and vegan sandwiches and salads – not to mention the stellar build-your-own option with a lengthy list of toppings for your greens – the cafe truly has a dish for all tastes and dietary preferences.

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Chef’s Build-Your-Own Salad (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Chef and co-owner Dan Olson says they expect this location to do well as a solid lunch spot and as a place for casuals and a bite after work. Olson and his team were able to outfit the Howe location with all of the amenities it needs to be the perfect, well-oiled Railtown Cafe they’ve been dreaming of.

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The new, sleek cafe space be offering a small selection of craft beer and wine which will be on tap as soon as they obtain the liquor license next week. Seeing as this eatery is located smack dab in the middle of office towers, we anticipate many rounds after work drinks happening in Railtown on Howe.

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The Reuben Sandwich (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Railtown’s emphasis on quality is one of the reasons their multi-phase expansion is expected to be a hit with Vancouverites. If the cafe’s housemade salad dressings and 36-hour smoked brisket sandwich doesn’t keep you in this spot, then surely the free Wi-Fi will.

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The Howe location is one of three new spaces for Railtown. Olson confirms the expansion is going full speed ahead.

With the second 1200-square foot space at 1691 Main Street set to open in early 2017, and the third at 409 Granville Street scheduled for spring of next year, Olson says the Railtown team is overwhelmed in the best sense.

Railtown Cafe on Howe Street is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm.

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Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Hanna McLean/Daily Hive

Railtown Cafe Howe St.

Address: 968 Howe Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @railtowncafe


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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