Como Taperia has become a staple in Vancouver’s dining scene since opening in 2018, but the Mount Pleasant restaurant will be reopening this Thursday looking slightly different than you may be used to.
On May 28, this gem will reopen as Como Chico, a temporary neighbourhood tapas, shop, and drink pop-up.
Como will be offering prepared tapas, conservas, and wine, as well as cocktails that can be sipped while folks peruse the market and pick up goods like premium Spanish olive oil, Piquillo Peppers from Navarra, and Spanish Rice to name a few.
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“The current regulations make it challenging for us to operate ¿CóMO? Taperia as we know it, but we are here to continue bringing a piece of Spain to everyone in Vancouver,” says Shaun Layton, co-owner of ¿CóMO? Taperia.
“Como Chico is inspired by our many trips to mercados in Barcelona, Madrid, and all over Spain. One-stop shop, eat, and drink establishments are very popular there where there is no operating kitchen for hot food. By transitioning this way, it allows us to take all the necessary measures to ensure our staff and guests’ safety. And, when able, we definitely want to return as Como Taperia!”
Como Chico will also feature prepared tapas, tinned conservas, wine, and its signature sherry, sangria, and vermouth on tap for people to order and enjoy on Como’s newly created outdoor seated and stand-up patios.
“Some of the precautions we’re taking include frequent surface cleaning, temperature checks for staff upon arrival, and hand sanitizer stations added throughout,” adds Layton.
“There will be no seating at the bar for now. Instead, for that same stand-up bar feel, we have new wine barrels installed as part of our patio.”
Como Chico officially opens on Thursday. It will be open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 7 pm.
Address: 201 East 7 Avenue, Vancouver