A Look Back at the Crazy Day Long-Gone ‘Boneta’ Moved Gastown Locations

I was writing a short historical piece on Gastown’s food scene this week when I stumbled on these photographs in our archives.

I’ve gone on record several times with my pining appreciation of Boneta, the now long-gone Gastown restaurant by Neil Ingram and Mark Brand. It was a magnet for people in the restaurant industry, and a great place to grab a drink between other drinks. Goodness knows how many orders of poutine I enjoyed here, all chased with cold Sapporo.

Like many people I much preferred the original location (now Bauhaus) to its new and final one (now MeeT in Gastown), but a change of address didn’t stop those who appreciated it for what it was from grabbing a stool. To me, it remains the one restaurant that got away. In a poll of dearly missed Vancouver eateries we posted three years ago, it’s still in the lead…

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Anyway, for this edition of Throwback Thursday, we look back at a unique set of shots taken on the same day – six years ago today – that show the restaurant on its momentous moving day, hectically in transit from one location to another.

  • The paper is up at the old Boneta
  • Gone are the Charles Forsberg paintings...
  • The liquor is gone from the shelves
  • Where'd the bar go at the old Boneta? Sniff...
  • Phew! There it is...destined for the new bar around the corner
  • Kitchen surplus now sits in the dining room of the old Boneta
  • The old Boneta. Funny how they got through 4 years in Gastown without a broken window and then someone puts their first through one just four days after they close!
  • Mark in the old Boneta, which will shortly be reborn as a private function space.
  • Courtyard approach (those glass walls are convertible)
  • Exterior from Water St. entrance
  • Exterior
  • Mark sliding open the glass doors
  • Mark sliding open the glass doors
  • Rodney having a laugh up in the rafters
  • Gnarled concrete pillars won't be dressed
  • Original Boneta siding is visible everywhere.
  • Original Boneta siding is visible everywhere.
  • Ceiling detail
  • Solarium
  • Robert Squire of Catalog Gallery working on a duct
  • Solarium
  • Wine storage inset by the kitchen pass
  • Stairway from the bar to Blood Alley
  • Stairway from the bar to Blood Alley
  • 2011 Bartender of the Year, Simon Kaulback, tries his hand at painting
  • Bar ready to be fitted and kitted.
  • Hard at work readying the new bar at Boneta for the arrival of its old top
  • At the Blood Alley entrance (which lands you at the bar)

There are 3 comments

  1. How long did Boneta last at the Carroll/Cordova location and why did it close?

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