This Promising Vancouver Restaurant Closed Long Before it Should Have

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!

Exactly five years ago, chef Andrey Durbach, Chris Stewart, and Michel Durocher (see also The Sardine Can, La Buca, Pied-a-Terre) revealed their latest project, a short-lived gastro-tavern called The Abbey.

Located in the old 2,500 sqft Wild Rice address at 117 West Pender Street, the 90 seat restaurant would be especially carnivorous, plating the meaty likes of potted oxtail, beef consomme, organic beef patty melts (with Tête de Moine cheese and Berkshire bacon!), lamb shanks, bangers, hanger steaks, and housemade sausage rolls. It also boasted an excellent bar program with good local beer, great cocktails, and a solid wine list.

The following photographs were taken during The Abbey’s soft opening service at the end of June, 2014. The restaurant would close in 2016, well before its second birthday.

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  • Organic beef patty melt with Tête de Moine swiss cheese, Berkshire bacon, fries
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  • Thick chips with kurobuta bacon bits, sour cream, chives, gruyere
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  • Fish and chips
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  • Shrooms on toast
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  • Red pepper and mussel soup
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