Downtown Vancouver Indian restaurant quietly shutters after 41 years (PHOTOS)

Nov 29 2019, 10:10 am

We’ve known it was coming for a while, but it looks like downtown Vancouver’s long-time spot India Gate Restaurant has finally shuttered for good.

Over the years the eatery has seen its share of highs and lows, from visits from Canadian politician Andrew Scheer to rat-spottings in the late hours — India Gate has certainly made a name for itself over an impressive 41 years of operation.

The 616 Robson Street eatery quietly closed up shop this past summer, leaving a farewell note on the windows expressing thanks to loyal patrons who had visited them during their four decades in service.

In February 2019, a development application was submitted to redevelop the site at 600 Robson Street (the northwest corner of the intersection of Seymour Street and Robson Street), the block where India Gate currently operates, into a 13-storey office building.

The small 12,000-sq-ft lot is right next to the Capital Residences tower and is currently occupied by a 1914-built single-storey retail building with former and currents tenants such as Red Burrito, Simon’s Bike Shop, Vancity Weed, Thai Cuisine Restaurant, and the now-shuttered India Gate.