Remembering a Prolific Restaurateur’s Counter-Service Experiment in Chinatown

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!

It’s always especially unfortunate whenever a space that used to be a food-service spot is converted to another use that has nothing at all to do with food and drink. Such was the eventual fate of serial restaurateur Sean Heather’s Everything Cafe, a small coffee and sandwich shop that offered a limited menu designed by chef Lee Humphries, who would later go on to run the kitchen at “C” before taking his talent and hard work ethic to the Okanagan.

Heather operated the cafe – with its long, buttoned down banquette and rear gangster table – at 75 East Pender St. in Chinatown from 2010 to 2013, not far from his Gastown empire that included The Irish Heather and Salt Tasting Room (among others). Soon after it shuttered, the space became home to the second iteration of Musette Cafe, and later the short-lived Message Cafe. All trace of its former stock-in-trade have since been removed with the address now (tragically) functioning as an office meeting room.

These photos were taken on its first day of service — May 21st, 2010 — or exactly nine years ago to this day.


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