Japadog's restaurant on Robson Street is getting its own parklet

Jun 14 2018, 9:52 am

Vancouver’s most famous hotdog food chain is building its very own public parklet in front of its brick-and-mortar location on Robson Street.

Japadog will be building a patio-like seating area in front of its restaurant location at 530 Robson Street in downtown. The parklet will occupy the curb lane, taking up three existing metered parking spaces.

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The exterior of the Japadog restaurant at 530 Robson Street, Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Installation will begin next week for an opening in the last week of June.

“We hope to have this place as a place of rest for the neighbourhood community, and it will benefit surrounding businesses too,” Daijiro Inoue with Japadog told Daily Hive.

According to the city, the design will consist of a platform extending from the sidewalk, with planters, unique wooden seating, and high tables. It is a “joint venture” between the municipal government and the restaurant chain.

It will be similar to the seven existing parklets across the city, including the first parklet a few blocks north outside Cafe Crepe at 1032 Robson Street. This parklet resolved the issue of pedestrian bottlenecks outside the cafe’s take-out window, caused by the narrow sidewalk.

Cafe Crepe Robson Street Parklet

The parklet outside Cafe Crepe at 1032 Robson Street. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Japadog has seven other locations in Metro Vancouver, with six stands and food trucks and another brick-and-mortar restaurant location at McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Outlet Centre. It also has two stand locations in Los Angeles, including one location on the Santa Monica Pier.

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