HEADS UP: Movement To Save “Little Nest” Shifts Into Celebratory Remembrance Mode
As most of our readers have likely already heard, kid-friendly and super successful Commercial Drive restaurant Little Nest is closing next month. Why? Because their landlord – Mr. Greedy – raised their rent by a ridiculous 50%.
On the heels of the recent announcement came the understandable beating of fists and rending of garments – over 2,000 people rallied around a Facebook page called Save Little Nest, volunteering little notes of best wishes and frustrated last rites – but since it doesn’t look like owner Mary Macintyre is going to open up in another location, the movement to save the eatery has now shifted into one looking to honour and celebrate it with a final expression of appreciation.
This so-called “Love-In” is set to take place at (and outside) the restaurant at 1716 Charles St. this Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. In addition to free coffee (donated by Ethical Bean) and a whole whack of kids’ activities, there will be a giant nest constructed a la minute by community members – “a hand-made, one-of-a-kind structure that’s safe and big enough for kids to play in.” The organizers are looking to raise awareness and a troop of of volunteers, as well as enough money to help fund the day’s many supplies. If you’re interested, click here, learn more, and get involved.
On a personal note, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mary and her crew at Little Nest for making wholesome, quality dining with small children such a unique pleasure. The net gain of Little Nest for the city of Vancouver is the example that they set. They put up a high, delicious bar. Let’s hope that it’s bested, often, and that present and future landlords can better resist the urge to gouge small businesses right out of the communities that they help to build.