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New restaurant and music venue will bring a slice of East Van to Kitsilano

Kits used to be the area for music and artists. This restaurateur wants to bring that energy back.
A corner detail sneak peek of The Painted Ship opening in Kitsilano in late February.

The Painted Ship was a 1960s underground psych-rock and electronic folk band in Vancouver and now Kitsilano's latest restaurant will be its namesake.

East Van fixture Michael Brennan, owner of The Heatley, is opening a full-service bar, restaurant and music venue at 2884 West Broadway this winter with the intention of reinvigorating the neighbourhood with the energy he says it's been missing in recent years.

Instagram sneak peeks of the space, which has taken over the former Yagger's sports bar location, reveal that the interior is part psychedelic 60s and part vintage living room with wavy lines, vinyl, orange hues, and retro chandeliers.

Painted Ship's retro feel taps into Kitsilano's 'counterculture' roots

"The concept of this is trying to bring about a community space to Kits," Brennan tells V.I.A. by phone. The space will be casual and unique, he says, showcasing local bands, artists, and DJs from a multitude of genres beginning in March. "The room has a retro feel bringing back some of the counterculture aesthetic neighbourhood was once known for."

A bold menu inspired by the Mexican city of Tultepec by chef Christian Chaumont (formerly of Cuchillo and Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions) will accompany the entertainment. Plus local beers, wines, and classic cocktails from partners, Justin Cameron and Dan Uhrich from Mum’s the Word on Commercial Drive.

Menu features Mexican-inspired concept with 'bold sparks of flavour'

Called Tultepec, the food concept's cuisine (which you'll find currently popping up at the Heatley) pays homage to the region that produces 90 per cent of the fireworks in Mexico according to Chaumont.

The city has developed a reputation he explains and the food incorporates "big bold sparks of flavour" to play on the idea of "there's another explosion at the factory in Tultepec," he jokes.

The dishes will respect processes and understand regionality - but without trying to be "authentic," says Chaumont, since B.C. doesn't have the same soil as Mexico and is known for its own local ingredients that he says will also be celebrated.

Diners can expect dishes like a braised leek tetela, a traditional stuffed masa, which spotlights Salt Spring mussels or a Coconut Aguachile with B.C. spot prawns. 

"It will still take you there," he says. "[We're] taking Mexico and representing that with lots of respect."

The Painted Ship has not set an official opening date but is aiming to open its doors mid- to late-February, with live events starting in March.

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