23 Vancouver restaurants that closed their doors this summer

Sep 12 2019, 3:21 pm

The restaurant industry in Vancouver can be fickle and ‚Äď once again ‚Äď the city‚Äôs dining scene¬†has suffered some casualties this summer.

Alas, this is the way of the foodie world.

Here is your update on restaurants in and around Vancouver that have shuttered over the summer.

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Don’t Argue

 

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Known for its awesome hand-tossed pizzas in varieties like mashed potato and spicy margarita, this spot will be missed in its Main Street ‘hood.

Shishinori

 

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The eatery had two Vancouver locations, one at 2328 Cambie Street and the other at 1467 W Pender Street in Coal Harbour, and it seems both locations have permanently closed.

Mahony & Sons UBC

 

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Mini-chain of modern Irish pubs Mahony & Sons has shut down one of its long-time locations after 14 years of operation. The group of restaurants made the announcement on August 1, the same day the 5990 University Boulevard spot officially closed its doors. 

Rhinofish Noodle Bar

 

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Chinatown‚Äôs Rhinofish Noodle Bar’s last day of operation was on July 29. The¬†Taiwanese beef noodle hotspot¬†opened back in Summer 2017 at¬†550 Main Street.

Aer Café

 

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The 2263 E Hastings Street sweet spot has been operating for almost three years, providing customers with fresh bread, decadent pastries, and caffeinated beverages to name a few. Owners of the cafe announced the last day of operation would be July 28.

Cacao Vancouver

 

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One of Vancouver’s best under-the-radar eateries has announced it has closed its doors permanently. Cacao Vancouver, a progressive Latin American spot tucked into Kitsilano at 1898 W 1st Avenue, has officially shuttered.

Dixie’s BBQ

 

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Dixie‚Äôs owners have decided ‚Äúto concentrate on third-party delivery systems, as well as commissary operations.‚ÄĚ You can still get these epic eats via¬†DoorDash, Uber Eats,¬†and Foodora.

White Lounge

 

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The Yaletown restaurant opened in July 2018, where it offered lunch, dinner, and a selection of cocktails. The 1257 Hamilton Street restaurant is marked as permanently closed online, and its social media accounts and website have been deactivated.

Escobar

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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 shuttered. The stunning restaurant ran into some criticism before and after its opening in Spring 2019.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

 

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The former owners of The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, located at 2741 W 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, sold the popular 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.

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.

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe ‚Äď 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.

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.

L’Eclair de Génie

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In November 2018 the French purveyor¬†announced the Vancouver store would be closing for ‚Äúrenovation 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 closed this past spring.

The Dark Manor Inn

 

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This concept first opened in November 2018, it was brought to us by the¬†same folks behind Main Street‚Äôs popular Shameful Tiki Room. Owners of this spooky spot announced the closure saying that despite a strong opening, the ‚Äúrecent months have been a mighty struggle.‚ÄĚ It closed on July 7.

Boulangerie la Parisienne

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Boulangerie la Parisienne operated at 1080 Mainland Street before shuttering recently. The space is completely cleaned out, and there is no indication of the reason for the closure on-site or online. 

Saj & Co

 

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Lebanese spot Saj & Co operated at 813 Davie Street for five and a half years, but its owners decided to close up shop. The West End spot for Lebanese sandwiches, salads, vegan fare shuttered at the end of June.

The District Brasserie

 

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Popular North Vancouver spot The District Brasserie has quietly closed its doors. The 13 Lonsdale Avenue Belgian/European inspired joint was known for its 30+ beers on tap, great brunch, and an awesome outdoor patio before it shuttered on June 25.

Fayuca

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