The ever-evolving Restaurant Graveyard series looks back at the countless, long-shuttered establishments that helped to propel Vancouver’s food and drink forward. Full A-Z with maps and photos here. May they never be forgotten!
Closed in September of 2017, this Gastown icon enjoyed an 11 year run overlooking the busy confluence of Alexander, Powell, Water and Carrall Streets. Though the food and drink at Chill Winston (so named after this line in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) were by no means slouches, the casual eatery’s main draw was always its large, sun-soaked patio – inarguably one of Vancouver’s best. That it so attractively sprawled out into Maple Tree Square not only helped to bring locals and tourists alike back to the neighbourhood but also signalled Gastown’s commercial viability to young, first-time restaurateurs looking to make their mark at a time when rents hereabouts weren’t so obscene.
The address has since become the second location of Local, a homegrown chainlet allied to the behemoth Joey Restaurant Group, which has 27 locations across North America.