13 longtime Vancouver restaurants we've lost so far in 2020

Aug 26 2020, 9:26 am

This city’s restaurant scene is ever-changing. Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad, as we often lose a handful much-loved longtime Vancouver restaurants along the way.

So far this year, we’ve lost some serious legends from our local food and beverage scene.

Here are 13 longtime Vancouver restaurants we’ve lost so far in 2020.

Gigi’s Pizza

 

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Gigi’s Pizza, located at 189 West Broadway, announced it would be permanently closing after its final day of operation on June 15. The restaurant thanked its loyal patrons for the past three decades of support.

Felicia’s Restaurant

 

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This old-school Italian joint was located at 2492 E Hastings Street in Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood. This restaurant had been a hidden gem and staple in the area since 1980.

Au Petit Café

Au Petit Cafe closed

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Au Petit Café confirmed to Daily Hive that it is now permanently shuttered after 25 years of operation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The eatery at 4851 Main Street was known for its Vietnamese rice and noodle dishes, as well as its selection of banh mi.

Chocolate Arts

 

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Back in November 2019, Vancouver sweet spot Chocolate Arts announced it would be closing its 1620 W 3rd Avenue location after 27-or-so years of business. The Kitsilano shop permanently closed its doors on April 25.

Broadmoor Bakery

 

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The Broadmoor Bakery, located at 10111 Number 3 Road in Richmond, shut down at the end of June after 61 years of business. The authentic Dutch European bakery first opened its doors in 1958.

Federico’s Supper Club

 

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Longtime Vancouver staple Federico’s Supper Club announced it was closing after more than two decades of business earlier this year. The 1728 Commercial Drive restaurant released a statement saying government help for small establishments like Federico’s didn’t come fast enough.

The PearTreet Restaurant

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Located in Burnaby Heights at 4120 E Hastings Street, the distinguished eatery released a statement citing “irreconcilable lease negotiations” as the reason for shuttering.

Café Crêpe (Robson)

 

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After 21 years of operation, Café Crêpe has permanently closed its 1032 Robson Street location. This French-inspired chain is known for its sweet, souped-up crepes, breakfast offerings, along with soups, salads, and mains too.

Memphis Blues — West Broadway

 

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The original Memphis Blues location, known for serving up award-winning BBQ specialties for the past 19 years, closed earlier this year.

L’Opera Patisserie

 

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The popular 5951 Minoru Boulevard spot operated for over a decade. Its last day of service was August 16. Known for its Parisian pastries, desserts, and high tea service, the French patisserie released a statement about the closure earlier this month.

Vij’s Rangoli

 

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Vij’s Rangoli has permanently left its space at 1480 W 11th Avenue in South Granville, officially moving its operations to Vij’s Restaurant on Cambie Street. Rangoli, known for its casual Indian food and bespoke cocktail menu, first opened in 2004 in the space beside the already-established Vij’s Restaurant in South Granville, which opened in 1994.

Gabby’s Country Cabaret

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This country-themed bar had been in business for 34 years when it closed its doors at the end of May. Owners cited the pandemic as the reason for shuttering.

Ming Wo Cookware – Chinatown

 

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Not exactly a restaurant, but a huge loss for Vancouver’s culinary scene. This century-old Chinatown business had been operating since 1917 when it closed its doors in March.

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