The Parker transformed into Big Trouble, is ready to serve


The Parker was one of Vancouver’s well-liked vegetarian restaurants, but they’ve recently undergone a metamorphosis, and have emerged as Big Trouble.

Big Trouble is the same team that was behind The Parker, and they haven’t shed their predecessor’s emphasis on sustainable dining practices; they’re still committed to generating less than a pound of waste a month, and keeping up with their rigorous recycling program.

While The Parker was all about the veggies, Big Trouble is going omnivore. They will be serving up fresh, local, sustainable meats and produce prepared with the flavours and techniques that most inspire them. Look for food that reflects anything from “classic French, Pacific Rim, Mediterranean, or otherwise,” according to their website.

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Big Trouble will have local craft beers, an eclectic and thoughtful craft cocktail program, and a wine list that focuses on “organic, bio-dynamic and sustainably farmed juice” from B.C. and beyond. They’re just doing dinner for now, and, as they admit, probably won’t opt to add on lunch or brunch service, since they’re a small space.

Looks like they’re fired up and ready to go as of Thursday, June 18 (as in tonight):

The name Big Trouble seems to be a nod to their location (Chinatown) and the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China.

Big Trouble

Address: 237 Union Street, Chinatown
Phone: 604-336-1698

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