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Local Italian restaurant chain opening new location in Vancouver's tallest office building

The eye-catching highrise with its "stacked" boxes design will have a 5,000-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor.

One of Vancouver's most enduringly popular local Italian restaurant chains is getting closer to launching its new outpost in what happens to be a very high-profile destination.

Nook is set to occupy a sprawling 5,000-square-foot space on the first floor of The Stack, the architecturally interesting new build at 1133 Melville St that will have the distinction of being Vancouver's tallest office building.

The Stack building features four stacked and rotated boxes with six outdoor decks and a rooftop patio for office tenants.

City council approved the project at an April 2017 public hearing. Construction started in 2018. The building was expected to be completed by 2022, however, delays have pushed that to this year.

Keen-eyed locals have spotted paperwork on the door of the future Nook restaurant at The Stack, and the restaurant is named as a tenant in materials published regarding the office building, which was designed by James KM Cheng Architects in collaboration with Adamson Associates Architects.

Known for its approachable menu of house-made pasta, pizzas, share-plates, and salads, Nook began as a single 30-seat West End restaurant in spring 2009. In the ensuing years, Nook has expanded, adding locations in Kitsilano, Olympic Village, and North Vancouver's Shipyards. Additionally, Nook's sibling operations include seafood restaurant Oddfish and daytime spot Radish, both in Kits.

V.I.A. reached out to Nook for more information regarding the new Downtown Vancouver location in The Stack, but did not receive a response.

With a file from Naoibh O'Connor