VIC­TOR CHOY

Where Calgary - - ENTERTAINMENT - —Seema Dhawan

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.”

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