Bodega on Main Opening

Head Chefs Reinery Figueroa (left) and Maritza Orellana (right)

Head Chefs Reinery Figueroa (left) and Maritza Orellana (right)

Last night I attended the media opening party for the new Bodega restaurant on Main Street which is run by Owner, Paul Rivas, along with his Business Manager and sister, Natalie Rivas.

Fans of the old Howe Street spot (La Bodega) will also be happy to know that Bodega on Main is staffed by many familiar faces with General Manager Hector Medina and Chef Maritza Orellana helming front-of-house and culinary operations.  Many of the original wait-staff have also joined them to keep the familial vibe alive.

Chef Thien and the delicious Boquerones en Vinagre and the famous Albonigas

Chef Thien and the delicious Boquerones en Vinagre and the famous Albondigas

Octopus

Octopus

Cheese stuffed peppers and Croquettes

Cheese stuffed peppers and Croquettes

Paella Negra

Paella Negra

Paella Mixta

Paella Mixta

Membrillo Y Quesso

Membrillo Y Quesso

I enjoyed drinking their Sangria and some of the delicious bites that were served offering a taste of the menu including the Boquerones en Vinagre and the famous Albonigas, Filetes des Sardinas Ahumadas, Chuletillas des Cordero, Paella Negra and the Membrillo Y Quesso.

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The fully renovated 4350 square foot space is nestled in the heart of Chinatown and Strathcona at 1014 Main Street.  Working with the team at Bruce Carscadden Architect, Rivas has mapped out a stunning, revamped space (75+ seats) featuring a clean and modern design infused with the eclectic warmth and authentic Spanish touches La Bodega was known for.

Bodega on Main features an open concept lounge and aged-leather booth seating with vaulted ceilings and ample floor to ceiling windows providing a sense of depth.  Exposed wood beams and brickwork further accent the room.  Guests drawn to the wraparound, reclaimed wood bar might recognize the well-worn handmade stools from La Bodega days.

Bodega on Main is now open for dinner nightly from 5pm onwards at 1014 Main Street, phone them at 604-565-8815.

You can follow them on Twitter @bodegaonmain

By: Richard Wolak