Closed and closing soon: 7 Vancouver restaurants to say goodbye to

May 13 2020, 1:54 pm

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.


The Sardine Can


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Much-loved Gastown Spanish tapas joint, The Sardine Can, has announced it is closing permanently. The 26 Powell Street bistro released a statement on social media on Monday evening. Owners thanked staff, suppliers, and customers for making the restaurant’s “journey all worth the while.”

Vij’s Rangoli


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Vij’s Rangoli has permanently left its space at 1480 W 11th Avenue in South Granville, officially moving its operations to Vij’s Restaurant on Cambie Street. Rangoli, known for its casual Indian food and bespoke cocktail menu, first opened in 2004 in the space beside the already-established Vij’s Restaurant in South Granville, which opened in 1994.

Chocolate Arts


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Back in November, Vancouver sweet spot Chocolate Arts announced it would be closing its 1620 W 3rd Avenue location after 27-or-so years of business. That Kitsilano shop has now permanently closed its doors. Its last day of business was on April 25.

Storm Crow Tavern


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This quirky hangout, known for its games, whacky decor, and good vibes, operated at 1305 Commercial Drive for over seven years. Owners thanked patrons for making the Tavern a special place for the “misfits, the geeks, the oddballs and bohemians of Commercial Drive and Vancouver in general.”

Federico’s Supper Club


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Longtime Vancouver staple Federico’s Supper Club has announced its closure after more than two decades of business. The 1728 Commercial Drive restaurant released a statement saying government help for small establishments like Federico’s didn’t come fast enough.

Cabrito Tapas


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Cabrito Tapas, located at 2270 Commercial Drive, shuttered on April 5. Owners thanked patrons for the past five years of support and good times, concluding that “Times are different now and it is time to turn the page.”

Closing Soon

The Holy Crab


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The Holy Crab suspended operations on March 19 in response to the City of Vancouver’s efforts to combat coronavirus. The restaurant planned on reopening once it could safely do so, but now, its last day of business will be on May 16.

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