VANCOUVER — Two Vancouver mainstays — C Restaurant and Raincity Grill — have ended their run on the Vancouver restaurant scene.
Harry Kambolis, proprietor of the Vancouver-based Kambolis Restaurant Group, sold both concepts to Viaggio Hospitality Group Inc., the Delta, B.C.-based owners of restaurants such as Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar, Cibo Trattoria and Red Card Sports Bar as well as boutique hotel concepts Moda Hotel and Hotel at the Waldorf.
C Restaurant, which opened in 1997, became the founding restaurant of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, serving sustainably sourced seafood under former executive chef Rob Clark. Clark also served as executive chef at Raincity Grill, which opened in 1992 and was known for its 100-mile menu. Clark eventually left both operations in 2011 to open a fish counter. At the time of the sale, Nicolas Hipperson served as the executive chef of both concepts.
“It’s sad. It’s an end of an era,” Clark told the Vancouver Sun. “There are names like Umberto Menghi, Michel Jacob, John Bishop, but I think Harry has had a bigger impact on what menus look like today, how food is sourced, what’s acceptable and what’s expected. It cost Harry a lot of money to be the groundbreaker.”
According to The Globe and Mail, Viaggio Hospitality Group plans to renovate and rebrand both concepts.