Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Our Laneways Had Lots Of Tiny Restaurants

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(via) We’ve already campaigned for small rooftop bars in residential neighbourhoods, so today we’re going to advocate for tiny restaurants on the main floors of local laneway houses. We’re talking wee little adorables like this modern, homey joint in Tokyo.

The owners of the building wanted to start fresh, and decided to renovate the condo to include a small restaurant that would not only help the local economy, but provide a communal space for locals to relax in. In addition, although the kitchen within the restaurant has a full time chef, it is also open to any aspiring cooks who enjoy preparing meals as well.

It’s a wonderful concept, but a labyrinth of municipal and provincial government red tape would need to be mowed to stubble for this to happen in Vancouver. Even more challenging than the zoning would be the resident armies of NIMBY zombies, who would surely need to be soundly suppressed for anything this cool to see the commercial light of day.

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