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Black + Blue launches new rooftop patio

1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Photos by Kelly Jean Marion -- follow her at @kellyjean247

Year-round, Black + Blue offers three floors of swanky decor and upscale ambiance in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. This is the first spring that they are able to introduce a fourth floor to the restaurant: their elegant rooftop patio, simply coined, "The Roof". With electric fireplaces roaring, libations flowing and Chef Labahn's Spring creations flying from the kitchen, media, friends, family and regulars celebrated the launch in style.

Black + Blue Rooftop Patio

Kitchen staff prepared steak bites and a massive prime roast to highlight their excellence in meat preparation. Yorkshire pudding was offered to act as a "bowl" for the thinly sliced, medium rare meat and gravy. Other bites included delicious salmon rolls, spicy crab rice cakes, their infamous mac 'n' cheese balls, heavenly bacon-wrapped scallops and flatbreads, as well as freshly shucked oysters and chilled prawns.

Black + Blue Prime Roast + Mac and Cheese

Black + Blue Oysters

Black + Blue Lobster Roll

Desserts included meringue, apple galette, a heavenly sweet and runny creme brulee and my favorite, the bite-size butter cake. 

Guests mingled over a glass of Tinhorn Creek's Merlot or Gewürztraminer, Summerhill Cipes Brut, Mojitos, hearty Caesars or a stiff Mint Julep. Not to mention the ice sculpture used to chill the generous glassfuls of Absolut Elyx.

Absolut Elyx

Black + Blue Butter Cake

Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa, owners of the Glowbal Collection, flitted around the room with smiles from ear to ear, thanking everyone for their continuous support with a quick toast.

Emad Yacoub

A combination of live music and a DJ kept the party going well into the night, alongside copious amounts of sips that surely made Wednesday's workday a tad slower for many.

Black + Blue

Here's hoping for a long summer season for diner to take full advantage of Black + Blue's fabulous rooftop patio. And even if it rains, they've got you covered, literally, with an adjustable electronic ceiling.

For more information and to check out their Spring menu click here.

For more photos check out my Black + Blue Rooftop Patio set on Flickr. 

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