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Owners of Ubuntu and Cultivate Tea to Collaborate to Open New Wine Bar Concept in Mount Pleasant

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Ubuntu Canteen and Cultivate Tea each bring to the table unique and delectable offerings: Ubuntu Canteen serves delicious dishes that are equal parts comfort food and gourmet, all created with local, organic, sustainable ingredients; Cultivate Tea pours “a curated collection of rare, unique and delicious teas” that transforms the act of drinking the beverage into an art and an experience.


Dishing up something new and exciting, the owners of the food and drink destinations, Executive Chef David Gunawan and tea connoisseur Jude Wang, respectively, have joined forces to open a casual wine bar in the bustling Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Based on their track records, the new venture is poised for success. Wang has a loyal customer base who eagerly snaps up his products, to the point of them regularly selling out. Gunawan has an impressive track record of award-winning restaurants that have helped define the city’s culinary landscape: Wildebeest (Best New Restaurant in 2012), Farmer’s Apprentice (Best New Restaurant, Best Casual Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year in 2014), Grapes & Soda (Best Bar in 2018) and Royal Dinette (Best New Restaurant and Chef of the Year in 2019).


It is only fitting that the future endeavour of such renowned operators will be located in a building that is also poised to make its own mark, both in the community and the development arena. Gunawan and Wang have purchased 861 square feet of commercial space at Habitat, Mount Pleasant’s newest mixed-use development located at 2520 Guelph Street (at the corner of East Broadway and Guelph).


Designed by award-winning Formosis Architecture, Habitat consists of 70 modern homes and nine efficient retail units. The vision and intent of Habitat’s developers to create an activated, food-focused laneway featuring smaller, more cost-effective spaces catering to local, independent “foodpreneurs” not only attracts and meets the needs of these businesses, but also creates a unique laneway culture and community vibe. Habitat’s commercial units likewise boast up-to-15-foot ceiling heights, expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing, and patio opportunities (for select units), creating an open and welcoming ambiance, and provide underground commercial parking stalls along with ample street parking, ensuring a convenient experience for both retail owners and customers.


With its diverse mix of shops, restaurants and services, condo developments, pedestrian-friendly streets and accessibility to transit, Mount Pleasant has become one of Vancouver’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods. This vibrant, trendy area is home to some of the city’s best independent boutiques, breweries, cafes, restaurants and lounges.


David Gunawan and Jude Wang’s casual wine bar will undoubtedly be another go-to gem in the hip and happening neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. Fellow retail establishments set to call Habitat home will be in fine company when Gunawan and Wang’s much-anticipated joint venture opens its doors in mid-2023.

Currently under construction, Habitat’s retail component is now over 60% pre-sold. The remaining retail units present a unique opportunity for restaurateurs to be part of this innovative concept in the heart of Mount Pleasant.  


For more information on retail opportunities at Habitat, please contact David Knight or Casey Pollard with Colliers.

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Casey Pollard

Vice President | Personal Real Estate Corporation


Casey focuses on Investment Assets (RetailOffice and Multi-family) and Redevelopment Land (RetailOffice and Multi-family), in METRO VANCOUVER.

Representing owners of real estate, Casey is able to help them position assets for their long term success (area plans, re-leasing, re-positioning, value-add apartment renovations, strategic site expansions) in order for their assets to be most appealing to buyers, resulting in achieving the highest price possible in the marketplace..  This includes exclusive access to media advertising portals, the international reach of Colliers International, his proprietary database of investors/developers, his inside market knowledge and ensuring the best team for the asset is formed.

Some of Vancouver's most successful developers, investors non-profit groups have entrusted Casey with listing their properties including Wall Financial, Hollyburn Properties, Onni Group, Concert Properties, PCI, Bosa Properties, Bosa Developments, Intracorp, The Salvation Army, The Open Bible Chapel Society and many more.

Are you developing a building with a commercial component?   Casey's Presale project marketing of Strata commercial developments is second to none.  He has sold out projects for Intracorp, Fairborne, Aquila, Teatro, Keltic Canada etc. each time setting new market records.  Currently we are marketing the first industrial-retail-office-residential mixed use project in North America, on behalf of Wall.

COVID-19 has changed everything around us, including Casey's approach to his business.  Casey has hands-on expertise with the Matterport 3D cameras, allowing him to scan apartment units and commercial buildings in order to limit all unnecessary tours and risks to your tenants, while providing a 3D video tour that the potential purchaser can control themselves.  Please see example of one of Casey's personal scans here  .  Casey also ensures gloves (and masks, if requested) are worn by himself and any of his consultants or purchasers prior to entry to the asset.

Partnerships are also a big part of Casey's unique offering and guarantees that he will bring onto his team the BEST brokers and consultants for the particular asset and location.  You will get the ULTIMATE TEAM for your asset.

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David Knight

Vice President | Personal Real Estate Corporation


David joined Colliers International in 2011 and is currently a Vice President in the Vancouver office. David’s expertise is in the sale and leasing of retail investment properties. Through his experience and education, David understands the complexities of retail leasing and the sale and disposition of assets in this changing retail landscape.

 David’s insight on current market conditions coupled with understanding his clients’ goals and objectives is invaluable to the marketing and negotiation process. His expertise combined with his excellent relationships, work ethic, and reputation has enabled him to provide his clients with outstanding results.

 David has been recognized as an integral member of the retail brokerage group, ranking first in overall retail production for Colliers Canada in 2018 and top 3 nationally in 2016,  2017, 2019, and 2020. Additionally in 2018, David received the Colliers Canada’s "Top 6 under 6" Award recognizing the top upcoming colliers commercial real estate brokers across the country and 2020 recieved the  "Deal Maker of the Year" Award  recognizing the broker in the Vancouver office who completed the highest number of transaction that for that year. 

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