Closed and closing soon: 5 Vancouver restaurants to say goodbye to

Mar 26 2021, 4:53 pm

Something we don’t love? Vancouver restaurant closures. The restaurant industry in Vancouver can be fickle, and – once again – the city’s dining scene has suffered some casualties.

Here is your update on restaurants in and around Vancouver that have recently shuttered or will do so imminently.


Prado Cafe Water Street

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Prado Cafe has opened some beautiful new locations over the last few years, but sadly the much-loved local brand has also just closed one down. The concept’s 117 Water Street location has now permanently shuttered.

Ampersand Bistro & Bar

Ampersand Bistro & Bar

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Ampersand Bistro & Bar has quietly closed its doors in Gastown. The 32 Water Street restaurant took over the space from dessert spot Mosquito in spring 2019. It was known for offering patrons what it called “designer dim sum” along with tapas dishes and cocktails.

Laurence & Chico Café

Laurence & Chico Café

Laurence & Chico Café (Photo: Leila Kwok)

The Laurence & Chico Café, located at 833 Bute Street, has quietly closed its doors. The bizarrely-wonderful eatery had been offering tea service in its Alice in Wonderland-like dining room since opening in spring 2018. The West End destination was created and designed by dynamic design duo Laurence Li and Chico Wang.

Don Francesco Ristorante

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Signage is down, and so is its website. It looks like Don Francesco Ristorante has quietly closed its doors at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver. The 909 W Cordova Street Italian eatery took over that space from Hapa Izakaya back in 2018.

Closing Soon

The Irish Heather


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After 24 years, it is the end of an era for The Irish Heather’s longtime presence in Vancouver’s Gastown district, but not the end of the storied establishment. Today, the Irish gastropub announced its final day of operations at its current location at 210 Carrall Street would be Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Looking for a new place to dine? Be sure to check out these 40 new Vancouver restaurants.

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