The restauranteur Chris Parry, co-owner of Fray discusses the eatery, the food, and its place on Fraser Street in Vancouver, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
I have lived just off of Fraser Street in Vancouver, near King Edward Avenue for over twenty-five years. It has been changing in the last number of years. Demographics are changing, as is density—we’re seeing a number of multi-level, multi-dwelling buildings. An interesting aspect of the transformation that’s happening is the number of new restaurants in the stretch of Fraser between Kingsway and 33rd Avenue. There have always been restaurants on Fraser Street, but they were usually Asian restaurants such as Chinese and Vietnamese ones. Now there’s a pretty good French restaurant, Les Faux Bourgeois, a terrific Mexican one, Sal Y Limon, and Fray, located at 3980 Fraser Street. Chris Parry, its co-owner and marketing director joins me now. I’ll get him to explain the food, and give us some insight on the process of creating and executing a restaurant like this in the neighbourhood. Will Fraser become the new Main Street? What’s business been like? Fray has been in business for a year now, and it seems like a great time to check in with Chris. He’s also an award-winning journalist, digital content editor at the Vancouver Sun, as well as the author of the well-selling Bar & Beverage Operation: Ensuring Success and Maximizing Profit. www.fray.me is the website for the restaurant. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Chris Parry; Mr. Parry, good morning.