At The Cultch our aim is to offer our public the best theatrical experience possible.
Our catering partner, Merchant’s Oyster Bar, helps us transform show openings into unique evenings. The chef delights our taste buds with delicious canapés and fresh oysters. Francis Regio, the owner of Merchant’s Oyster Bar, shared with us his thoughts on his restaurant, his inspirations and why this partnership is important to him.
Could you tell us about Merchant’s Oyster Bar?
Merchants is a local neighbourhood restaurant that is dedicated to sourcing and serving local, organic, and sustainable ingredients and products. Our menu changes almost daily focusing on what is available seasonally. Our tasting menu can allow one to sample what we our most proud of but our small plates menu and oyster bar gives flexibility to those looking to dabble in their hearts’ desires.
As The Cultch’s catering partner, is supporting the arts important to you?
Supporting the arts is definitely important to us, as is supporting our neighborhood. The surrounding businesses, as a whole, stand together creating a unique team that supports each other.
How did this process take shape?
We have always believed in what The Cultch sets out to do. Upon taking the location on the ‘Drive’, we found it mutually beneficial to partner with them to again better the neighbourhood. We see food as playful and artistic as well, so marrying with The Cultch was a no brainer!
What inspires the chef when he prepares canapés for opening nights?
Our chef looks to present canapés that can represent what we do in the restaurant. A small taste of what we can do…literally!
You give priority to using local products in your restaurant. Is being involved in the local community one of your goals?
As mentioned above, the local community is near and dear to our hearts. Products and ingredients combine with our partnerships and relationships beautifully. We could never have gotten to where we are now without the love and support of the community.
Merchant’s Oyster Bar is located at 1590 Commercial Drive. As part of our Cultch Preferred Restaurant Program, if you show your same day ticket stub you receive 15% off your total food bill. Or join us for an opening night reception and enjoy an evening to remember.