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Glowbal’s Black+Blue steakhouse has opened a beautiful rooftop dining experience: The Roof at Black+Blue. The restaurant and lounge space is well-heated with ample room to spread out and chill with views of the city.

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I was invited to a packed house last night to enjoy an array of beautiful appetizers, cocktails, wines and spirits while engaging in friendly conversation and watching the chefs at work.

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Black & Blue carries a large selection of fine meats from around the world. Hand-carved steak, jerk chicken, bacon-wrapped scallops, prawns, flatbreads, mini sandwiches and sweets were some of the appetizers being passed around this cool new space.

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Executive Chef Jason Labahn presided over the outdoor oven, busy preparing bacon, steaks, and jerk chicken directly from oven to counter. I noticed that no food lasted very long on that marble counter either!

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[Arrival at Black+Blue’s The Roof]

The Wood Stone Josper Charcoal Broiler oven can reach temperatures of 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, adding a new spin on the word charbroiled. The Josper oven’s tradition began in Spain over 40 years ago; it’s now owned by more than 20,000 customers in over 50 countries.

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Chef Labahn will get a lot of use out of the Josper, cooking up prime meats, skewered fish, seafood and chicken over the grill’s wood coals.

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The Roof has an adjustable electronic ceiling depending on the weather; 120 guests can be accommodated al fresco rain or shine. There’s curved booths, tables, bar seating, and cozy benches with smaller tables.

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Two walls of glass-enclosed fireplaces add warmth and a romantic vibe to the modern design.

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[Chef Labahn with owner Emad Yacoub]

Congrats to owners Shannon Bosa-Yacoub, Emad Yacoub, and Chef Jason on this gorgeous new endeavor.

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[Meat lovers unite: floor-to-ceiling glass case of meat cuts on the restaurant’s main floor]

The Roof at Black+Blue is officially open as of today and is a wonderful urban space to enjoy with friends over a relaxing meal and drinks.

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Black+Blue is located at 1032 Alberni Street (on the 3rd level) in downtown Vancouver. They’re open seven days a week from 11:30 am to 10 pm as well as weekend brunch. Visit the website for detailed menu information.

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