Last night, Lulu Bar opened its stunning ten-foot tall, ornate wooden door–just off of the corner of 17th Avenue and 4th Street–to the public. Designed by Frank Architecture, Concorde Group’s latest Calgary dining venture is set on a pan-Pacific overall theme. Both the food and the cocktails planned for the group’s new concept draw influences from the region between Southeast Asia and Hawaii (think poke and tiki drinks) and the Pacific Northwest.
The space is bright, airy and super chic and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the former iconic bar in its space, Local 510, save for the location of the bar perhaps. Cool blue, white and tan tones are found throughout the interior, which is lined with a tiled backbar on the main floor, while the cozy second level boasts a funky, white block design feature. Garage doors facing the street can open up the restaurant completely and I’m told we can expect a street-facing patio very soon.
As mentioned in a teaser about Lulu last month (along with five other upcoming Calgary restaurants), chef Joseph Sokoloff, though Red Deer-born, grew up as an expat and lived for years in Vietnam and Indonesia before returning to Canada. The chef says this menu is his creative ode to east-meets-west and a love of international travel. He created the menu in tandem with Concorde Group culinary director, JP Pedhirney (Bridgette Bar).
“Seeing Lulu come to life has surpassed my expectations,” says Pedhirney, after completing…