Judas Goat Closing to Make Way for Gringo

Judas Goat, the Blood Alley restaurant, is closing down after three years in business.

The 28-seat space will be home to a new restaurant concept called Gringo. Gringo will serve Mexi-Cali-inspired dishes.

Here is the official press release:

It’s the end of an era for Judas Goat, a Spanish inspired tapas bar located in Gastown’s gritty Blood Alley. The intimate room is one of Heather Hospitality Group’s several establishments, most of which are located in Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood.

As they close the doors on Judas Goat, Heather Hospitality Group partners Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn are passing the torch to former HHG employee, Shoel Davidson, who will open a new Mexi-Cali-inspired restaurant, Gringo. Heather is delighted to be handing over his Judas Goat space to Davidson—a restaurant-industry professional, formerly working under Heather at Shebeen Whiskey House—and is proud of him for opening his own establishment. Retaining ownership of the unit, Heather and Hawthorn may use the space again in the future. Joining Davidson in his new venture is business partner Christina Cottell, a hospitality-industry veteran who served as understudy to the owner of Ricky’s and Fatburger for 10 years and has overseen the marketing of over 30 new and existing operations across Western Canada.

Gringo will be serving an all new menu of Mexi-Cali dishes created by Karl Gregg and the Two Chefs team. It’s no secret that Two Chefs are big fans of Mexican Cuisine, whether authentic regional dishes, or comforting LA Street Food classics. So, it’s exciting news that Two Chefs will be providing the delicious fare served up at Gastown’s newest joint opening soon in Blood Alley. Gringo is set to be a small, high-volume restaurant offering affordable Mexi-Cali-style food and drinks in a vibrant and energetic space. Serving lunch and dinner, eat-in and take-out, Gringo will quickly establish itself as a neighbourhood destination for casual lunches, pre- and postgame bites and late-night snacks.

Image: Heather Hospitality Group