Cravings Bistro
By YP Contributor

Satisfying Comfort Food Cravings in Marpole

Food can often be such a comfort, and comfort food is one of the best kinds of food there is. This is the kind of meal that Cravings Restaurant & Lounge prides itself on serving. A fixture of its neighbourhood, Cravings Restaurant & Lounge has been around since 1991. Originally opened as a small soup and sandwich shop, it has since grown into a full-scale restaurant and lounge. An integral part of the small Marpole community, it’s the ideal place to just hang out and enjoy the comforts of a good meal.

In 2012, Hugh Kendall, Lena Clayton and Armin Jiwani bought the restaurant from its founder. Hugh and Lena were employees at the restaurant for many years, so when the original owner decided it was time to retire, he approached the pair and asked what they thought about buying the business.

“It was really important for us to make sure that this neighbourhood gem stayed around,” says Lena. “It’s a part of the community that we’ve grown up and lived in, so myself and Hugh asked our friend Armin to join us in buying the business.”

It was really important for us to make sure that this neighbourhood gem stayed around. It’s a part of the community that we’ve grown up and lived in. - Lena Clayton, co-owner
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A Menu with Something for Everyone

“With two entirely different rooms, the restaurant really has two different kinds of dining experiences available,” says Lena. One of the rooms is great for a casual meal, while the other can host something of a more formal party. Lena notes that the restaurant provides a good mix of everything.

Taking pride in the good quality comfort food it serves, the team behind Cravings Restaurant & Lounge strives to make it a welcoming place for both Marpole residents and visitors. Thanks to the friendly service, most customers are regulars who show up multiple times a week.

“They’re the people that live and work in this neighbourhood, so the restaurant has got a great friendly vibe, where everyone knows one another,” says Lena. Another big draw is that there’s something on the menu for everyone, from gluten-free and vegetarian food to homemade burgers and pub fare.

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Community Support for a Supportive Community

Being part of such a tight-knit community, it’s no wonder the Cravings Restaurant & Lounge owners and staff love what they do. “All of our customers have really become a part of the family,” says Lena. “And the staff has been here for a long time, making them family too.”

Cravings Restaurant & Lounge participates in community outreach programs and sponsors events such as Marpole Days, a Christmas church raffle and the local curling club. “It’s amazing, the fact that people who have lived in the neighbourhood for 20 years still remember the restaurant. No matter how much it’s changed, they still come here,” smiles Lena. “It’s a great place in a great community.”

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