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NHLer joins food game

It may not seem like running a restaurant and playing for the NHL havemuch in common, but after dabbling in both, former Canuck Kirk McLeansays the industries are more similar than you’d think.

It may not seem like running a restaurant and playing for the NHL have much in common, but after dabbling in both, former Canuck Kirk McLean says the industries are more similar than you’d think.

“(Both) are a team effort,” said McLean, who recently opened a deli, casual fine dining restaurant and cozy downstairs lounge in a historic Gastown building.

“(General manager) Jim Bateman and (executive chef) Eddie Szasz have different roles — one has the kitchen and the other the floor — and it all has to come together. If there’s one weak link, it’s not going to work.”

Bateman said McLean isn’t just another celebrity who’s attached his name to a business — he’s at the restaurant every day, and can usually be found at the bar hobnobbing with his guests.

“I’ve always had my roots in Vancouver,” said McLean. “(This) is a way to be part of the community, to give back.”

 
 
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