The Red Accordion: New restaurant hopes to hit all the right notes in a storied space

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Over the last several decades, the charming dark red house at 1616 Alberni Street near Coal Harbour has been welcoming hungry customers for food and drink. The home was “gently refurbished” and opened in 1979 as Le Gavroche, a French restaurant that endured for 35 years in the location.

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But since Le Gavroche closed its doors in 2014, the red house has since seen three restaurants open in its stead, and two go. The third is its newest tenant, The Red Accordion, which replaced Forkhill House (which had in turn replaced The Fat Badger).

The Red Accordion launched softly in February, and carries on the tradition of offering a “homey” vibe in the cozy space.

On the menu you can expect to find elevated comforting classics with a west coast-meets Italian flair, created and executed by Chef Amanda Finley, aka “Chef Mandy.” Look for a giant meatball with whipped ricotta, a house burger, lobster gnocchi, fresh salads, steamed mussels, charcuterie, and a riff on tiramisu for dessert on the trim menu.

The Red Accordion also boasts live music, and has launched a new happy hour, offered from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. until close. The bar serves up classic and custom cocktails, as well as beer and wine. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday until midnight, though they may expand their hours and days of operation in the coming weeks. You can follow them on Instagram @theredaccordion for updates.

The Red Accordion is located at 1616 Alberni St in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom