The ever-evolving Restaurant Graveyard series looks back at the countless, long-shuttered establishments that helped to propel Vancouver’s food and drink forward. May they never be forgotten!
Located at 62 East Cordova St. in Gastown, Bill McCaig's Nicli Antica Pizzeria made AVPN-certified pies for nine delicious years.
Located at the top of Davie Street's west slope, Lolita's served an industry crowd for a dozen years before closing in 2017.
Located at 1459 West Broadway from 2003 to 2012, the award-winning Cru was an inspiration for our Restaurant Graveyard.
The first Boneta was famed for its well-tended bar, industry-friendly atmosphere and French-inspired fare.
Century was a 'Modern Latin Cowboy' themed restaurant located in the old Lola’s/Ballantyne’s address at 432 Richards Street.
The Aristocratic was well known for its cheap burgers, neon signage and 'Risty' character sporting a top hat and monocle.
Cheffed by Keith Allison, Sea Monstr Sushi was connected to the Sharks + Hammers clothing and lifestyle shop on Alexander St.
Harry Kambolis' "C" Restaurant was a game-changing icon that helped put Vancouver’s emerging food scene on the map.
La Bodega was a Howe Street fixture from 1971 to 2014, serving up Spanish classic like albondigas and pitchers of sangria.
The list of brewers who developed their skills at this restaurant speaks to the evolution of the Lower Mainland's craft beer scene.
Chef Liam Breem's promising, 74-seat, French and Mediterranean-inspired Verre lasted less than two years at 550 Denman St.
The 2015 arrival of film director Uwe Boll's Bauhaus restaurant was met with deafening quiet from the community it sought to join.
Previous to Ensemble, the space ate Piccolo Mondo, Saveur and Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe. After Ensemble, it swallowed others.
While it did attract many off-duty cooks, bartenders and servers, to the neighbourhood at large is was like a second living room.
It's been a year since the closure of Mt. Pleasant's Chicha restaurant, but its memory persists for good reason.
Cobre enjoyed a five-year run before shutting down in 2012 with the chef launching Cuchillo a few blocks east on Powell Street.
The city - and most immediately the 100 block of West Hastings - is so much the lesser for the loss of Wildebeest.
Oru Cuisine was the fine dining establishment that operated where Botanist currently excels in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
The Sardine Can was a small and subtly stylish restaurant that turned out classic shareables like patatas bravas and albondigas.
Opened by Bert Love and John Dobson, the long-serving restaurant's slogan was "From the sea to the pan."
The modern Japanese concept thrived for years in a dark space that made guests feel like they were being let in on a secret.
Launched by a family of American ex-pats that missed the food of their native LA, Topanga was a rare, irreplaceable institution.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro was a beloved casual eatery on West 4th that enjoyed an eight-year run from 2011 to 2019.
Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown's 25 seat restaurant at 105 East Pender St. is closing after a seven-year run.
Located at 608 West Pender Street, the mysterious Central Cafe was a fixture of downtown dining for decades.
Launched in 1988, Carlos 'n Bud's was defined by its affordable Tex-Mex menu, relaxed attitude and sun-soaked patio.
Located between the Commodore and the Orpheum, the 1930s/40s Hollywood Cafe offered 30 cent lunches and an on-site palmist.
We can't blame greedy landlords or property developers for this one. Campagnolo was closed by Covid-19, plain and simple.