May 24, 2010
Sweeney's Now Open in Yaletown
(Directly from the press release.)
A new style of eating place opened in Yaletown today.
SWEENEY’S of Yaletown is a counter-service style restaurant, owned and operated by the team behind the popular Galley Patio & Grill at the Jericho Sailing Centre. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) - to offer both eat-in and takeout service. Items on the casual menu (available all day) will include unique sandwiches, baked goods that are made in-house, soups and salads. For beverages, look for items from local companies such as Salt Spring Coffee and R&B Brewing, as well as a small, well chosen wine list.
What makes SWEENEY's style new?
To start, there will be an Executive Chef on site, an uncommon step in a predominantly takeout restaurant. Thus sandwiches, whether hot or cold, will always be made fresh from the best ingredients in an appropriate amount of time. “We call this our 'slow-fast food'”, says Chef Glenn Saunders. “At Sweeney’s, we like to think our ingredients speak for themselves. There's no attitude here, it’s our food that has personality”.
SWEENY'S is casual - there’s a lot of food on our menu you won’t need a knife and fork to eat. The more rib sticking items include: a meatloaf sandwich (Pemberton meadows ground beef, spiced, smothered in tomato sauce and baked with cheddar cheese on a ciabatta bun); "Baked Blt with C" (traditional blt baked on foccacia with cheddar cheese and a Beerbrat hoagie); and locally made beerbrat on pumpernickel (with sautéed onion, swiss cheese and chipotle mustard). In tune with summer weather tastes are sandwiches such as tuna tataki (with togarashi spice, avocado, watercress-lemon dressing on baguette); Crispy duck confit (with asian slaw and a mustard miso sauce on black and white sesame roll); and a roast chicken “Waldorf” sandwich on a baguette (with apples and walnuts on multi grain bread). For the vegetarian, a "Veggie Meatball Grinder"... vegetarian meatballs cooked in a tomato sauce baked on a sub bun with provolone cheese. All day breakfast sandwiches are made with eggs, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and bacon (optional), on multigrain. The soups are made from scratch, salads are fresh and inventive and baked goods come out of the oven throughout the day.
SWEENEY’S of Yaletown has 22 seats inside and 14 seats on a small sunny patio. Guests order and pickup at the counter for both eat in or takeaway. Sweeney’s also plan to offer an outside catering service in the near future.
Chef Glenn Saunders:
Chef Saunders, who also oversees the food at The Galley Patio & Grill, will be behind the stoves at Sweeney’s. Glenn has spent most of his career building, owning and operating cafes. He likes things funky and just a little bit southwestern, a style of cuisine he came to appreciate while working at Toronto's Santé Fe Grill. Glenn has been chef/owner of the Ironwood Café and the Century Bar & Grill, both fusion style cafes, as well as Luna Bar & Kitchen ( all located in Ottawa). He also co-owned Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, serving Southwestern cuisine. Just prior to moving out to Vancouver, Glenn honed his pastry and baking skills working in Montreal as Pastry Chef at Decca77.
General Manager, Gerard Egan:
Gerard is a Vancouver local with years of experience in “sandwich joints”, including a number of years at the Bread Garden. He’s a customer service-oriented, relaxed kind of guy, who can haul around a few barrels, pour a hot cup of coffee and make sure the staff gets to know your name. He’ll also be looking after the catering once that is in operation.
About our name:
Sweeney’s of Yaletown is a nod to Yaletown's industrial past. We’ll let you sleuth that one out, but our logo is a bit of a giveaway.
Both SWEENEY’S of Yaletown, and our sister restaurant The Galley, use fully compostable, recyclable and reusable products. We choose suppliers with great products and sincere value systems. Many of the smaller companies we work with have carbon neutral guidelines, use only sustainable fish and seafood, or practice ethical farming. Of course, we still have to work with the big companies too, but by putting pressure on them, they in turn are making more and more products available that work with our mandate to respect the environment.
SWEENEY’S of Yaletown
1091 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Hours 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily