Mahjong Social Kitchen + Parlor
Mahjong Social will be poised to open in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown in 2017, with the goal of creating a uniquely modern yet traditional Chinese dining and drinking experience for Vancouverites and the strong Tourism sector that have been raving about the local restaurant scene for the past decade.
Mahjong Social is located in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown in the building at 276 E Pender Street. This newer building is in the heart of Chinatown’s heritage area and most recently housed a very successful and well known Chinese market, owned and operated by the current owner’s parents, specializing in BBQ meat and seafood. Staying true the buildings historical use in food service, Mahjong Social Restaurant will offer a uniquely modern Vancouver Chinese dining experience, drawing from the Vancouver Chinese culture that has been developing as its own unique culture for over 200 years.
With a footprint of approximately 7,500 SQFT of interior space over two floors, the space also features a hidden gem of a rooftop with the goal of creating Chinatown’s first rooftop dining experience called “Shanghai Alley Noodle Shack”. This will be Vancouver’s first Restaurant on a Restaurant. The rooftop patio will have a feel of exclusivity given the garden setting and unique menu offering at the Noodle Shack. The menu offering will be available on the patio only and will have a street style noodle shack menu concept with a noodle Chef, providing a great energy and show piece in the space. We will offer fresh noodle bowls and small plate items along with a full-service bar to round out the experience.
The bar and main dining room will be at street level; this will be the hub of the business for the lunch and dinner meal periods. At the bar guests will be enjoying one of our private label, locally brewed craft beers or a delicious classic cocktail, creating a vintage Chinatown feel and throw back to an earlier era when Chinatown was known for its exciting dining and nightlife scene. The second floor dining room will be perfect to rent out as a private space, and features its own small bar and large screen for guests to enjoy at their event. [READ MORE]
Mahjong Social & Shanghai Alley Noodle Shack is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown at 276 Pender Street in in the heritage centre of the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Revitalization Project. Seventeen 88 is close to other successful Chinatown Restaurants and Lounges such as Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, The Keefer Bar and Fortune Sound Club.
276 Pender Street will represent a greatly diversified market capture as it is located in the “The Heart of Chinatown”.
Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia is Canada’s largest Chinatown. Centred on Pender Street, it is surrounded by Gastown and the Downtown Financial and Central Business Districts to the west, the Downtown Eastside to the north, the remnant of old Japan town to the northeast, and the residential neighbourhood of Strathcona to the east. Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America. However, it went into decline as newer members of Vancouver’s Cantonese Chinese community dispersed to other areas of the metropolis. (Source: Wikipedia)
Over the last decade, the City and the Chinatown community have worked together to encourage revitalization through public realm improvements, community and economic development projects and by creating building opportunities to increase the resident customer base to support existing businesses and generate investment in the neighbourhood.
These efforts are now bearing fruit and early signs of revitalization are emerging in the form of development applications and new businesses. (Source: Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan & Economic Revitalization Strategy, June 2012)
In 2010, the City of Vancouver Council, began the Chinatown Revitalization Project, a project aimed at brining the Chinatown community members together again to build an Economic Revitalization Strategy. The focus of the Economic Revitalization Strategy Project is to create a renewed cultural and heritage fabric for the neighbourhood. By building programs to engage the second generation Chinese community they will support existing organizations in promoting Chinatown and create a sense of excitement to attract investors and new customers. A key opportunity is the development of restaurants and nightlife, they plan to lead their development plan with restaurant development, to make Chinatown a culinary and dining destination again!
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