Right before the pandemic felled many a beloved Vancouver restaurant, the cycling community's cherished coffee shop Musette Caffe closed its doors on Burrard Street. Now, just about a year later we're learning that a couple of sibling local European-inspired restaurants are bringing another venture into the fold in the old Musette space.
Details about Maxine's are scant, though the restaurant's "teaser" splash page indicates plans are in the works to cover pretty much all of the dining categories, offering everything from coffee to cocktails, as well as brunch, lunch, and dinner. Pick-up and take-out will be available.
With its high ceilings and windowed front, the space at 1325 Burrard is bright and airy. We don't yet know what the Maxine's team has planned for the design of the restaurant, but if Homer St. and Tableau are any indications, we can likely expect cozy old world charm with modern touches - and of course all that lovely natural light. Maxine, incidentally, is the name of one of the lanes that flank the block of Burrard where 1325 is located.
While Homer St. Cafe and Bar has been open and serving guests, Tableau Bar Bistro has been closed to dine-in customers for the last several months, and only at the start of February did the restaurant reveal that not only would it be re-opening soon, the venue has undergone some renovations.