Vancouver’s Fuel To Close


VANCOUVER – Three years after it opened, the owners of Fuel Restaurant in Vancouver have announced they will host the eatery’s final service Sunday, Nov. 29.

Friends and fans of the Kitsilano restaurant are invited to one last Fuel meal during the month of November. Diners can enjoy the Third Annual Whole Hog menu, offered November 25, 26 and 27, and famous Fried Chicken Fridays, which will remain during lunch service until the end of the month.

Although Fuel is closing, it is not over for owners Tom Doughty and Robert Belcham. “Robert and I have been very fortunate to have run a successful restaurant in Kitsilano over the past three years. We have seen the landscape of the Vancouver dining scene change significantly, and we are excited to change along with it,” says Doughty, who’s also the restaurant sommelier.

It was at Fuel that diners were introduced to house-made charcuterie, whole cuts and an open kitchen experience in a fine-dining setting; the restaurant has been critically acclaimed from the beginning. In fact, in 2009, Belcham, who’s the co-owner and executive chef, won Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year award. He is a strong believer in sourcing the top-notch regional products and does all his butchery in-house using whole animals.

The location will reopen Dec. 2 as a neighbourhood restaurant and bar specializing in casual northwest cuisine. “As restaurant owners we strive to give diners what they want. We feel we owe it to our guests to continue to provide them with quality ingredients and friendly service, in a casual atmosphere at a more affordable price,” explains Belcham.


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