Closed and closing soon: 9 Vancouver restaurants to say goodbye to

Feb 22 2018, 5:15 pm

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.


Bao Down – Gastown

Bao Down has officially closed their OG location in Gastown located at 12 Powell Street. Faron Bainbridge, manager of Bao Down Snack Bar told Daily Hive they have merged the two restaurants’ menus and will continue to serve a newly expanded line-up of steamed buns from the address at 221 Carrall Street.

Steel Toad Brewpub

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Once a fixture in Vancouver’s craft beer scene, the small batch brewery and dining hall closed at the end of January. The brewpub had operated in the stunning and iconic red Opsal Steel building at 2nd Avenue and Ontario Street since 2014.

Ramenman – West End

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Amidst an unnerving amount of competition in downtown Vancouver’s West End, Ramenman has permanently closed down their location on 841 Bidwell Street. Their first and original location had been serving ramen for just over two years, first opening in October 2015.

Dairy Queen – West Hastings

The Dairy Queen Brazier located at 2109 East Hastings has officially torn down its signage and is marked as permanently closed online flagging that the 50-year-old eatery has ceased operations.

Closing Soon

EXP Restaurant + Bar

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.

Pronto Cafe

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Pronto Cafe, a popular Italian eatery at 3473 Cambie Street will be closing its doors, likely by the first week of March, according to a recent Facebook post from the restaurant.

Kinome Japanese Kitchen

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Kinome, located at 2511 West Broadway, is known for their impeccable authentic Japanese cuisine and sake pairings. They told us that they’d have to close up shop by the end of March next year due to building demolition.

Moderne Burger

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Moderne Burger (2507 West Broadway), a 17-year tenant in Kitsilano, told Daily Hive via email that they would be shuttering in spring 2018.

Benny’s Cafe

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Benny’s Cafe shares the same building as Kinome and Moderne Burger on West Broadway, solidifying its fate as an eatery that be forced to halt operations by spring 2018 due to building demolition.

With files from Vincent Plana and Kenneth Chan.

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