Tamam To-Go to close at the end of the month due to rising rent
Vancouver’s rental market has become increasingly unaffordable, but it’s not just housing that has been affected – it’s the small businesses, too.
The latest business to be negatively impacted by the city’s rising costs is Tamam To-Go, the Commercial Drive outpost of the sister restaurant Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine on East Hastings.
In an Instagram post shared on the restaurant’s page Thursday afternoon, Tamam announced that it has been forced to close due to a major increase in its rent.
“Building owner for our Commercial drive location wants to raise the rent from $40/SF to $61/SF (plus 5% annual increase),” the post stated, not without some level of obvious disappointment.
“How do they expect small businesses to survive let alone making money? Goodbye Commercial Drive,” the post continued.
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This location at 1108 Commercial Drive offered quick, counter service versions of the kind of Palestinian dishes served at its sister restaurant, and its closure will be a major loss to the Commercial Drive food scene.
Tamam To-Go hasn’t shared an exact closing date yet but says it will be wrapping up and leaving its address by the end of the month, so you still have a few weeks to pay them a visit.
Tamam’s 2616 East Hastings Street location will remain open.
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