Baja-Inspired ‘Tranquilo’ Restaurant Opens at Galiano Island’s Bodega Ridge

Chef Elmark Andres has left the mainland for the serenity of Galiano Island to make some delicious things...

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Dining Out in a Pandemic — A Reader’s Poll

How have you been feeling about the reopening of our restaurants? Let us know by answering the following questions...

New ‘Super Natural’ Gaia Grocery Now Open in Tofino

Tofino's newest business is fully stocked with local, organic and sustainable food options for shopping in-store and online.

OP-ED // On Raising Prices, Moving Away From Tipping and Paying Staff More

Victoria restaurateur/baker Clif Leir shares some thoughts on operational changes coming to his Fol Epi and Agrius eateries.

MIS EN PLACE PODCAST // Episode 5 — Hospitality, Covid-19 and ‘The Big Reset’

In episode 5, leading restaurant owner/chefs explore how the industry can evolve for the better in the wake of the pandemic.

Why Not Try and Fix the Broken Restaurant Industry Before Reopening it?

The fixes need to come from diners, not restaurants. They need to figure this out, if only because it's clear we never will.

Vancouver Island Town Awaits First Brewery

Located in the heart of Ucluelet, the brewery is housed in a former church and perched on a hill overlooking the harbour.

A Sneak Peek Inside ‘Virtuous Pie’

The new, 2,300 sqft Victoria location of Virtuous Pie is on the verge of opening inside the Finlayson Building at 530 Pandora Avenue.

‘Tractor’ Opening Soon on Government Street

Vancouver's quick-service Tractor restaurant is setting up shop in the old Sam's Deli location at 805 Government Street.

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The Courtney Room Reopens in Victoria