finch-and-barleyWhat in the world is happening on the 200 block of East First Avenue?  Long a light industrial area, the 200-block is transforming into a foodie’s paradise as four new businesses have opened. It’s a sign that the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood is rapidly changing into a new kind of community. First up is Finch and Barley ( a restaurant and bar with live entertainment on weekends. The dinner menu (not yet open for lunch) runs to flatbreads, burgers, steak, salads and such, with fish and pasta specials. They are also open for brunch (11-3) on weekends. Lots of street parking at night, because all the warehouses and light industrial shops are closed.

Right next door you’ll find The Juicery ( “an organic, cold pressed juice and nut mylk shop that delivers throughout Metro Vancouver.” For instance, the “forager” is made with Canadian chaga mushrooms, reishi, a true cinnamon stick and oxygenated, alkalized and mineralized water. Or burdock root, a blood purifier that helps to clear the bloodstream of toxins. Natural cure for skin disorders. They are open to the public so drop by and ask more.

well-fedRight next door at Well Fed Studios ( you’ll find “meal solutions and inspiration for the time starved who still want to eat well.”  Prepared meals to go, a school lunch program, meal assembly classes, and private cooking classes. Check it out. Last but not least is Coconama Chocolate ( a chocolate factory also open to the public. You can also find them down at the Farmers Market on Friday nights during the summer. The first “ganache” shop in Vancouver (a form of chocolate), you will find a wide selection of chocolates in surprising innovative flavours such as green tea, lemon basil, tomato and so on.   Along with the established restaurants on the bottom of Lonsdale Street, and the new ones opening in the 100 block (sushi, bakery, Browns Social House) the dining scene is really starting to take off. It’s a sign that many new residents are moving in, with yet more condos set to open in the next few years.



By Staff Writer  


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