Meet your new neighbour: the Port Café. This new quick lunch spot is located in the lobby of the HOPA building at 605 James St. N., and is open to the public, serving take-away breakfast, lunch and quick snacks.

Vivek Agarwal has had a passion for cooking since childhood. Watching his mother cook for the family “from morning ‘til night” inspired him to pursue a career as a chef.

“It has always been a dream of mine to open something of my own,” says Vivek as he prepares lunch for a customer. “HOPA offered the perfect opportunity to begin my journey with the Port Café.”

Vivek began his professional career in 2015, shortly after graduating from culinary school. He opened the Port Café in March this year. Whether you’re looking for a simple bacon and egg sandwich, or a chicken fiesta rice bowl, he has something for everyone!

“I enjoy exploring different flavours; bringing them together to create a delicious experience.”

Vivek’s favourite dish is the Buffalo Grilled Chicken Sub, while his most popular dish is the Butter Chicken Burrito. He says there are plans to expand the menu this summer with a weekly special, and plans to offer ice cream for those hot summer days.

“I’ve already met some wonderful people from the community,” says Vivek. “I believe with purpose, resilience and unwavering spirit, we will see the Port Café thrive.”

We invite our North End neighbours to stop by to try out the Port Café.


Port Café Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm