Timber is the latest undertaking by the crew behind Forage restaurant, in the spacious Listel Hotel quarters that used to be O’Doul’s. The saga behind long running O’Doul’s demise, Forage’s ascent, and now the arrival of Timber has a few twists but here’s the short version.
When O’Doul’s was shuttered, the (accountants’) idea was that the hotel’s high traffic Robson Street frontage would be better put to use under retail. Well, things didn’t quite pan out and, after a while, the expansive (and quite beautiful) art gallery closed.
When I heard the space was to revert to a restaurant, I couldn’t help but quietly chuckle…
Forage has been one of the most successful new restaurants in recent years, although nobody would argue that it s on the small side.
The challenge: what to do as a counterpoint.