Closed and closing soon: 15 Vancouver restaurants to say goodbye to

Jun 22 2019, 3:04 am

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 do so imminently.

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Escobar

Escobar Opening

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It’s been just over a year since Latin American spot Escobar opened its doors at 4245 Fraser Street, and its owners have confirmed to Daily Hive that it has shutteredThe stunning restaurant ran into some criticism before and after its opening on May 11, 2018.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

 

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The former owners of The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, located at 2741 W 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, have announced they sold the eatery. In a statement posted to restaurant’s Facebook page, The Oakwood team thanked customers for eight years of fun.

Crowbar

 

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The 646 Kingsway Street restaurant was right across the street from the ever-buzzworthy Savio Volpe. Crowbar itself has garnered attention and praise for its fantastic cocktail list and creative menu of share plates and mains like the legendary off-menu burger.

Jammer Cafe Motors

 

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After only eight months of operation, Vancouver’s unique spot for coffee and motorcycle buzz has officially closed its doors. Jammer Cafe Motors opened at 350 West 8 Avenue in October 2018 and announced this month it was closing up shop at that address.

Soil

 

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Soil operated at 2408 Main Street, which happened to be located right beside sister shop Blue Heron Creamery, Vancouver’s first-ever vegan cheese shop. Open since Fall 2018, Soil served patrons vegan brunch and lunch in its 24-seat space. The address was previously occupied by Friendly Snackbar, which quietly shuttered last year too.

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe – Mount Pleasant

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe

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Known for its signature Bonchaz buns (a sweet-dough bun with a butter and sugar filling topped with a thin crust of cookie dough), this spot first opened at 189 E Broadway almost a decade ago. The Mount Plesant location had been operating for seven years, and it officially closed its doors on May 10, 2019.

Goldies Pizza (two locations)

 

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The 605 W Pender Street and 508 Abbott Street outposts are both marked as permanently closed online, and the two spaces are listed for sale along with a previous 3088 Cambie Street location. Goldies was known for serving rustic pizza slices and drinks in a casual atmosphere. The last posts on the brand’s social platforms date back to early March.

L’Eclair de Génie

L'Éclair de Génie

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In November 2018 the French purveyor announced the Vancouver store would be closing for “renovation purposes”. Now, the 1210 Robson Street sweet spot is marked as permanently closed online and its website is expired. The address was listed for sale back in September 2018.

Kofta Meatball Kitchen

 

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The 320 Cambie Street eatery closed its doors recently and thanked its staff, customers, and suppliers for the support. The specialty of this spot was meatball sandwiches, pasta, and salads, and it opened back in 2016.

Poquitos Comida & Cantina

 

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Poquitos Comida & Cantina opened at 630 Kingsway in October 2018, and it’s almost time for the vibrant eatery to shut its doors for good. Poquitos will be offering its last weekend brunch services on April 20, 27, and 28, and you can reserve by calling 604-876-8704. The final day of business will be May 26.

Closing Soon

Saj & Co

 

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Lebanese spot Saj & Co has operated at 813 Davie Street for five and a half years, but its owners have decided to close up shop. The West End spot for Lebanese sandwiches, salads, vegan fare, announced that it will be shuttering by the end of June, the exact date is to be announced.

Fayuca

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The Latin eatery’s last month of operation will be June, after which it plans to reopen in Mount Pleasant in the fall. The purveyor of ever-changing North Pacific Mexican cuisine will be leaving its corner 3,500 sq. ft. space, which was formally the Hamilton Street Grill, to head to Mount Pleasant.

The Cambie

 

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Management at The Cambie told Daily Hive its last day of operation would be November 30, 2019, as the building has been sold. According to BC Assessment records, the building was sold for $15 million in a May 2019 transaction.

India Gate Restaurant

 

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The small 12,000-sq-ft lot is right next to the Capital Residences tower and is currently occupied by a 1914-built single-storey retail building with tenants such as a picture frame store, Red Burrito, Simon’s Bike Shop, Vancity Weed, Thai Cuisine Restaurant, and India Gate. In a recent Instagram post, the restaurant said it received an eviction notice to vacate the property.