The Vancouver Art Gallery's hidden gem 'Gallery Café' is closing May 1

Apr 29 2019, 9:29 pm

It’s a sad time for those who frequent the Vancouver Art Gallery’s hidden gem, The Gallery Café, because the much-loved spot for sandwiches, salads, and wine, will be closing this week.

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The current Gallery Café food services operator, which has been run under Murray Jamieson for more than 20 years, confirmed to Daily Hive that it would be open from 9 am to 8 pm on April 30 before closing on May 1.


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Known for its tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner fare, treats, and beverages, The Gallery Café was also a top spot for those seeking a secret patio oasis in the heart of downtown Vancouver overlooking Robson Square.

The cafe owners shared a heartfelt message with patrons ahead of their last day of operation.

To our loyal customers,

It is with great sadness that we let you know The Gallery Cafe & Catering will be closing its doors effective April 30th, 2019!

On behalf of Natasha and our wonderful staff over the years, I would like to thank you for your loyal support. Please continue to enjoy our hospitality over the coming months.

As Julia child signed off each day, Bon Appetit!

-Natasha & Murray

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The VAG told Daily Hive that the Gallery Café will “temporarily close for renovations” starting May 1.

Renovations will include a refresh of the interior and patio areas that will be finished ahead of a grand re-opening set to happen later this summer.

“The Vancouver Art Gallery has received many positive comments regarding the existing Gallery Café and will ensure that all renovations and menu plans consider existing clientele expectations, while incorporating changing market needs.”

The VAG also mentioned that Mr. Jamieson had a “month-to-month agreement” and while that agreement was being updated, the Gallery “received notice of Mr. Jamieson’s intent to close his business arrangements by the end of May 2019.”

The Gallery mentioned they were “disappointed in this decision” but that they “understand and appreciate Mr. Jamieson’s desire for a change.”

Murray Jamieson’s exit from Gallery Café operations comes after news that the gallery plans to break ground on its new building at Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver, which could begin as early as the end of 2019.

We’ll keep you posted on details about The Gallery Café space as they are released.


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