The “Panorama Roof” at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver endured a long stint as “the place to be” in Vancouver.
In 1989, after 50 years of fun, the venue closed to the public becoming available only for private, catered events. Flash forward to 2014 and the hotel is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To celebrate in a grandiose way they are investing $12 million dollars into revamping “The Roof” into a contemporary dining room and lounge. With a sunken bar serving up classic cocktails such as the Negroni and the Moscow Mule, the pop up restaurant will have until the fall to redeem its original title as “the hot spot”. After its fling with the public, it will transform into a dedicated venue for special events and weddings.
At a recent sneak preview event we got a glimpse of the venue’s transformation, though it was clearly still a work in progress as we partied on unfinished floors waiting to be carpeted. Little attention was spent to the floor though as most guests were busy taking in the sunset draping Vancouver’s cityscape or fixated on Dawn Chubai’s jazzy vocals. The restaurant is situated on the 15th floor (111 metres above ground) in the heart of Vancouver.
Servers circled the room, doling out a delicious variety of canapés, including a prawn cocktail in a test tube, beef tartare with a quail egg yolk, and an Innisfail lamb popsicle. As we imbibed and indulged in Chef Cameron Ballendine’s creations, Michael Pye, the general manager of Hotel Vancouver raised a glass and thanked all of those responsible for “reviving” a historic piece of Vancouver. He made reference to Dal Richards who, alongside his eleven piece band, made his debut at “The Roof” and continued to rock the house and contribute to the success of the venue’s dance floor.
Replacing 900 West Restaurant and Bar, “The Roof” will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as daily Afternoon Tea. It is scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day at which time they will offer a special six course menu.
For more information check out: http://www.fairmont.com/hotel-vancouver/dining/the-roof/. Check out more photos on Flickr.