Hot spots for preshow bites

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The Georgia Straight - - FOOD - Gail John­son

Hav­ing worked with the Arts Club The­atre Com­pany for more than 12 years, Bryan Woo spends a lot of time at the Stan­ley In­dus­trial Al­liance Stage. Six shows at the ven­er­a­ble the­atre ev­ery sea­son mean that the di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing, along with other crew and cast mem­bers, can fre­quently be found in South Granville’s eater­ies, rais­ing a glass or two and re­fu­elling.

“One of our favourites is the Ouisi Bistro,” says Woo of the strip’s New Or­leans–style restau­rant that spe­cial­izes in Ca­jun and Cre­ole cui­sine. “We’re al­ways there at the wrapup party af­ter any per­for­mance.

For Mil­lion Dol­lar

Baby for our team din­ner, we went to the Mar­quis [Grill]. It was re­ally fun; we had a great time. It’s a ca­sual, re­laxed place with great food. That’s one of our team favourites. I love the beef bour­guignon.”

A New York–style spot with items like burg­ers, flat­breads, and bratwurst, the Mar­quis is just one of sev­eral op­tions for hun­gry the­atre­go­ers in South Granville, an area that, much like the city’s din­ing scene it­self, has ex­panded, di­ver­si­fied, and grown up over the years. And the Stan­ley’s very pres­ence in the neigh­bour­hood—an an­chor point—has con­trib­uted to the strip’s culi­nary bloom­ing.

“One of the great­est things is the di­ver­sity of choices in the area now: eco­nomic di­ver­sity, di­etary di­ver­sity,” Woo says. “There are so many op­tions. Ev­ery­one is ac­com­mo­dated. I miss the old Red Door [Pan Asian Grill]. There’s been a lot of change but there’s also a lot of con­sis­tency.

“I re­ally think the Stan­ley caps off an ex­pe­ri­ence peo­ple can have on South Granville,” Woo adds. “There’s an in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity feel with ev­ery­one who lives in that neigh­bour­hood. The­atre pa­trons spend the day go­ing shop­ping, go­ing to cafés, sit­ting on a patio to grab din­ner, then see­ing a show. It’s an all-day out­ing, like a New York Broad­way ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Whether they’re sub­scribers or tak­ing in a one-off, like sea­son opener An­gels in Amer­ica or Beauty and the Beast, the club’s hol­i­day se­lec­tion, Stan­ley au­di­ences have more than topqual­ity the­atre pro­duc­tions to chew

Jam­jar Folk Le­banese Food is one of the South Granville eater­ies where the­atre­go­ers can re­fuel. Tammy Kwan photo.

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