VANCOUVER DETAIL #283: Who Knows The Origins Of The Mysterious ‘Brite Cafe’ Sign?

March 13, 2013.

You may have seen this “Brite Cafe” sign while it was sitting on the floor at Rainier Provisions in Gastown. It was found in the basement of an old building at East Hastings and Heatley but its origins are unknown to us. We’ve googled the hell out of it, but to no avail. If any of our heritage-minded readers can solve the mystery, please let us know in the comments below! Cheers and thanks!

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  • http://seanorr.tumblr.com/ Sean Orr

    movie prop?

  • Robert

    Only online reference I found in Canada was for “The Brite Cafe” in the Lethbridge Herald. It was mentioned in a section called “Picture Butte News”. Picture Butte is a small town just north of Lethbridge. Apparently, the owners of The Brite Cafe, a Mr. & Ms Patterson, sold it in the summer of 1942.

    Maybe they brought the sign with them to Vancouver?

    Otherwise, this is one daunting task. There were so many cafes in Vancouver in the 40’s & 50’s. Good luck!

  • Nick

    I agree with Sean Orr. Having seen my share of movie prop signs, This looks like one. IT looks as if the neon holes do no line up properly with the current lettering.

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