Plus some temporary closures and what will close soon …
It can be hard to keep up with all the new restaurants opening or expanding in and around Vancouver, but so often, when a new business gets underway, it means another business is already closed. In Vancouver’s restaurant scene, there are ample closures – sometimes more times than others – so we’ve put together a few recent Vancouver restaurant closures you may or may not have heard of.
We’ve also included a few places that are temporarily closed or closed “so far,” as well as a beloved Vancouver restaurant that settles its three-year tour before the end of the year.
Taste – all three places
The innovative local restaurant business focused on providing Vancouver office residents with healthy and sustainable food on the go, closing all three locations citing several causes linked to the coronavirus pandemic and lack of action by local executives to address urgent problems in the city center. Taste, which operated three branches of its “healthy fast food” outposts – on Granville, Pender and Howe streets – in the downtown area, shut down operations on Friday, October 8th.
- Read the full interview with Taste owner Brendan Ladner HERE.
The Japanese restaurant Kamei Baru completed its tour at 990 Smithe St in early October. Shortly afterwards, the Kamei Group – which also operates Ebisu in Vancouver and Richmond – moved Kamei Baru’s activities to its sibling restaurant, Kamei Royale at 1066 W Hastings St. Kamei Royale is a veteran Vancouver Japanese place that was launched back in 1976.
The Uncommon Café
This summer, the owners of Uncommon Café revealed that they had sold the company to new owners. The crooked spot on 477 Powell St had been serving cafe dishes, coffee and more to the local community for six years.
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar – Waterfront
The local restaurant mini-chain, known for its exclusive pub fare and drinks, which has been at the center for a long time, closed one of its three locations this fall. Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar closed the doors to its Convention Center location at 200 Burrard in the Waterfront Building. “We would like to take a moment and thank you for your continued support over the past eight years,” the company shared on its Instagram account, calling its efforts to close its doors there a “difficult decision.” Rogue operates two other locations in Vancouver, one near Waterfront Station (600 West Cordova) and one at 602 West Broadway.
Country Roads BBQ
Country Roads had a brief period in an important corner area in Gastown, which had previously been a long-running local barbecue Peckinpah (which in itself reopens in Squamish). After just a few months, Country Roads on 2 Water St is no more, and already a new concept has taken its place, a Swiss restaurant called Röosh.
Italian Tomato – Vancouver
The Vancouver outpost of an Italian restaurant known for its deep portions of all kinds of pastas and sauces has completed its nearly three-year trip to the West End. The Italian tomato, veteran restaurant Richmond, announced on October 12 that its location at 1047 Davie St was closed forever.
Cin City Mini Donuts
The tempting mini-donuts you find at sporting events and shows were on offer every day at 327 E Broadway, but Cin City Mini Donuts recently announced that the brick-and-mortar store was permanently closed. They had opened in August 2020.
Ugly Dumpling (closes at the end of 2021)
This three-year-old Japanese-focused place, which specializes in simple, seasonal, heart-warming food, has enjoyed a lot of love, but now the journey is coming to an end. In early October, Ugly Dumpling – often referred to in recent months as just “Ugly” – announced that the restaurant would close permanently at the end of the year.
Not too long after the long-awaited North Vancouver home for brioche donuts-fried chicken came up to run, the restaurant announced it was closing temporarily due to staff shortages. Follow @creampony on Instagram for news on plans to reopen.
This Burnaby Mediterranean resort opened up during the pandemic at 4624 Hastings St, but has now said it is “closed for the time being.” Our colleagues at Burnaby NOW have a little more info.
The lamp lighter
Donnelly’s Lamplighter has been closed since the end of 2020, but the longtime pub’s website indicates that the place will reopen soon. The windows are still upholstered, so it is still unknown what changes we can expect on the site.
Railtown Cafe – Main St
One of four locations for the popular sandwich and salad shop, Railtown’s outpost at 1691 Main St, has been “closed for now” according to the company’s website.