I met Dane Brown last August at the Gastown Cask Carouse where he told me about his new restaurant Bestie, which means beast in German and “best friend” in teenage girl. Bestie is billed as Chinatown’s finest currywurst and it surely will become so when it opens, since I know of no other currywurst venues in Chinatown (or in Vancouver). They plan to sell local versions of German street food such as fresh baked pretzels, organic sausage, and Berlin street treat currywurst (I previously wrote about currwurst here), accompanied by local craft beer. When I asked Dane what beer they had lined up he indicated they planned to serve Driftwood, hopefully something from the new Brassneck Brewery, and a German lager.
I was reminded of Bestie today when a colleague shared their innovate indiegogo campaign with me today. They are pre-selling sausages for their early 2013 opening via Magic Sausage Cards. Their campaign started today and, at the time of writing, has already sold $3325 of their $10000 allotment! I imagine most of this money is going towards finishing construction and setting up shop. Pretty great way to raise seed money, eh?
When I talked to Dane in the summer, he told me they planned to open Bestie in late October. Since that hasn’t happened yet, I reached out to Dane to see what’s the what (unsecrectly hoping they were having trouble getting a liquor license, so I could complain about the process). He said getting the necessary building permits took way longer than expected and “more than anything we were just optimistically naive about the process and the timeline.” Well, I appreciate the optimism and I hope it works out because I’ve pre-bought myself some sausage.