Well, Carny’s opened its door some time late last fall. My wife went in to check it out and the shtick was that they were going to be selling fair food. Like mini doughnuts, hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, etc. So, Carny’s Cook House as in Carnival Worker’s Cook House. An interesting concept and if done well potentially viable.
My first thought was that its success would largely depend on the decor. A cool and authentic carnival decor, coupled with those authentic fair foods might just work. Like Moderne Burger works as a fifty’s diner. A few weeks later I went to check it out for myself. I ordered a corn dog, only to discover that I don’t like corn dogs. The things I do for this blog.
The place still looked very bland when I went in, and no carnival paraphernalia to be seen anywhere. Rather disappointing I thought. In leaving, however, the very friendly chef told me to come check out the place after the holidays, as they were about to change the menu. From corn dogs and mini doughnuts to Indian food, souvlakis, and pastas. huh?!
Then, a couple of weeks ago, YatterMatters Larry, sends us an update that a ‘new’ restaurant opened on Broadway. The place is now called Characters and indeed specializes in Mediterranean and Indian cuisine, as well as North American breakfast and brunch. An odd combination if you ask me, but hey, it might work. Apparently it does somewhat on Davie, where the original Characters Taverna is located.
To add to all the confusion, Rob, who may have an excellent career ahead of him in forensic journalism, finds these two Craigslist ads:
In case the postings come down: in both listings you’re asked to call the same person at the same phone number. Put two and two together, and it looks like Characters Kitsilano, like Carny’s before it, is destined for a rather short life.
What a roller coaster ride.
Picture by Larry Yatkoswky
Last modified: January 25, 2009