Victor Choy and his brother Jim grew up working in their family’s Calgary restaurant, The Grand Café. When Victor Choy opened his first entertainment venture, a nightclub called Republik, he had ordered inventory for two to three weeks. The nightclub ran out of supplies on the first night. “It was at that point we knew that we had something special here,” he says.
Today, the Choy brothers run Concorde Group, an entity behind some of the city’s hottest restaurants: Anju (page 53), National (page 47), Sky 360 (page 49), Clive Burger (page 48), and their newest venture Bridgette Bar (page 47).
Gut instincts, a thorough concept, and experience are behind their success, says Victor Choy. “You look for what’s missing in the city.” From the concept and menu, to the taste of music and design of the space, each venture is unique. Clive Burger is a chic revival of a classic burger stand while Anju is an upscale Korean restaurant. “We tend to try to push the design envelope and not create concepts that are very cookie cutter,” says Choy. “We’re creating an experience for the guest.”
The entrepreneur shared some of his top picks in the city. One place all travellers to Calgary should go to? The majestic Rockies.
In town? The city’s amazing architecture (The National Music Centre (page 32), Peace Bridge, and different neighbourhoods (East Village, Kensington, Marda Loop, Inglewood.)
Favourite place for a business meeting? Vintage Chophouse (page 54) or Hy’s Steakhouse (page 54).
Where are you on a Friday night? After dinner with the family I’ll go check out a few of our locations, talk to some regulars.
Favourite dish in town? The grilled octopus at Bridgette Bar.
“[I] look for what’s missing in the city.”