The restaurant industry in Vancouver can be fickle and once again, the city’s dining scene has suffered some casualties. Alas, this is the way of the foodie world.
Here is your update on restaurants in and around Vancouver that have recently shuttered or will imminently.
- EXP Restaurant + Bar is officially closing this month
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Justin Ault, one of Hapa’s owners, confirmed the news with Daily Hive, who said the Hapa team will be focusing on marketing its remaining location in Yaletown at 1193 Hamilton Street.
Known for their ice cold coke slush and ultra cold and creamy soft serve, this Richmond gem closed at the end of June.
The Buzz Cafe & Espresso Bar, located at 901 Homer Street, closed its doors at the end of April after holding a moving sale, and so did the art gallery that housed it.
Chaser’s owners told Daily Hive that they decided to close the Mainland Street shop for a few reasons. Their five-year lease was up, the rent increase was over 50%, and the juicing business had also outgrown their space years ago.
Menya Ramen, located at 401 W Broadway, served their last bowl of quick, delicious, and affordable ramen on May 31.
Stretch Roman Pizza Co.
This 415 Abbott Street spot known for its hand-crafted rectangular pizza seems to have quietly shuttered this month. Daily Hive has reached out several times without response, but the pizza shop is marked as permanently closed online, and the shop was visibly closed on June 18 (with a Distress Warrant in the window).
EXP Restaurant + Bar, which opened in 2012, is facing closure due to rising costs outside of its control that makes the business no longer feasible to continue.