Urban Diner is reporting that the most recent tenant of 1809 West 1st in Yorkville is no longer and an Italian/French eatery is lined up to take a turn in the fateful space.
Mon Bella Bistoria is on its way to 1809 West 1st in Kitsilano. It’s the space that housed Vintropolis for several years, and when it shut down last year it became a boorish sports bar called Industry (which may take the record as the shortest lived restaurant in recent memory).
Mon Bella is the first restaurant from Brad Roark, a former server at Araxi, CinCin, and Tapastree. The food concept will see French and Italian-themed small plates for sharing, as well as charcuterie and cheese. Wines will be from France, Italy, and BC. “The idea is to combine what I love form Bistros and Trattorias – a place that provides the best ingredients in a straight forward fashion with a local feel to them,” Roark tells us. “If I can combine the lessons I have learned from Jack [Top Table], Nicole, and Mike [Tapastree], I feel that I have a pretty good shot at creating a place that could be very special.”
1809 West 1st Avenue has been the home to many a restaurant concept but for the life of me I can’t remember their names past Vintropolis. Can anyone help out here? I remember a pretty good Italian joint in there in the late 90s.