Chewie’s Opening

Richard Chew - Co-Owner

Last night, December 14th I attended the opening party of Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar in Kitsilano.

Chef Tyrell Brandvold (2nd from left), Richard Chew (middle) and staff

Media guests were treated to a sit down dinner party where we could order anything we wanted off the menu and try as much as we were able to eat and drink all night long. It was a fun and festive atmosphere with a great playlist of tunes.

The staff were so hospitable and energized, all wearing their sporty t-shirts “Steamed, Stewed or Nude” referring to their oysters!

Shucking Oysters

Oysters, Oysters and more Oysters

They are showcasing many BC, Washington and east coast oysters at the huge 14 seat oyster bar you can also sit and admire the experts shucking you any type of oyster on the bed you chose! ”The menu offers fresh, local seafood being inspired by the delicious taste of New Orleans. The steam bar is unique to the city and guests will experience the true art of steam cooking southern classics like Gumbo, Etouffee, and Creole Mussels to name only a few, in the open kitchen concept.

The 'Buttermilk Biscuits'

I ate my way through the Buttermilk Biscuits, Southern Fried Chicken, Cheese Grits and the French Quarter Beignets.

Long-time restaurateur Richard Chew is one of the co-owners of Chewies, along-side partners Mel and Jamie Haddad. The bar features a selection of award winning and locally brewed craft beer. The wine list will reach from Naramata, British Columbia to Mendosa, Argentina and all the way to Marlborough, New Zealand.

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar is located at 2201 West 1st Avenue in Kitsilano. Open nightly and with brunch to begin mid-January.

Call 604-558-4448 or visit them online at or follow them on Twitter @ChewiesOysters

By: Richard Wolak

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