Bestie is one of the most recent restaurant additions to Vancouver's Chinatown district, which is currently seeing a resurgence in interest. Started by Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown, two partners who met at a design workshop, the parlour is dedicated to serving up locally-sourced and sustainably raised eats (mostly sausage and currywurst, along with beer and fries). The historic shop's revamp was designed by Scott and Scott Architects, and the materials used in the construction of the interior were scavenged locally from friends and family.
Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master butchers, as well as produce grown on downtown Vancouver’s urban farms. Then their sauces and condiments are made in-house and they’ll soon be serving up local beer on tap. Their food selections include homemade sausage, hand cut fries, side salads, fresh baked pretzels, and their specialty: currywurst.
Funds to start the restaurant were raised through an IndieGoGo campaign, which pre-loaded Magic Sausage Cards to eat currywurst to your stomach’s content. The partners brought in Scott & Scott Architects to design the interior and they cut costs by scavenging materials from friends and family—for instance the interior wood paneling is spruce board that Clinton sourced as surplus from a family friend and finished with Osmo hardwax. High traffic food areas were painted for easy cleaning and other materials include copper and leather. The partners brought in their family and friends to do the work themselves and they even borrowed tools from the architect to complete the job.
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