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!
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.
Royal Dinette, launched in the Financial District in the summer of 2015, was the first local restaurant to fall during the pandemic.
The 80-seat Juniper lasted five years at 185 Keefer Street having never fulfilled its pre-opening promise.
Yew in the Four Seasons (2007-2020) set an example of what a hotel restaurant could be in city in search of its culinary identity.
The coming of Market by Jean-Georges was a signal that our little town would soon join the ranks of the world's great food cities.
A contemporary of neighbours Gastropod and Fuel, Laurent and Valerie Devin's Bistrot Bistro outlasted both.
Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008 by enRoute magazine, Fraiche was a breath of fresh, mountain air.
Though wine bars are rare in Vancouver, Tempranillo was not as successful as it could/should have been, closing a year after opening.
Chef Brad Miller's Bistro Wagon Rouge took over the old Dockers Diner address in 2013 and enjoyed a six-year run.
It is a cruel facet of the human experience that sometimes young, well-loved restaurants close before their time...
For much of West Restaurant's nearly 20-year run, the Toptable icon stood astride Vancouver's hospitality scene like a colossus.
"In the dying wet hours, there was no way to get close to the bar. The supply of beer ran out, and the bartenders served only straight drinks..."
Despite some positive reviews and a very good looking design by Craig Stanghetta, Blacktail Florist didn't last two years.
Senova started out as a critically-acclaimed Iberian eatery but after an ownership change would slowly devolve into irrelevancy.
This short-lived Japanese yoshuku-style comfort food restaurant was a little ahead of its time in Mt. Pleasant.
The first (and very likely last) Vancouver restaurant to ever screen a live feed of its dining room above its washroom urinals.
Despite good reviews, a solid drinks program and a very interesting menu, The Abbey didn't last two years in the old Wild Rice address.
Escobar, so named after the murderous Colombian drug Pablo Escobar, earned its special place in Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
Sean Heather launched this small coffee and sandwich shop (cheffed by Lee Humphries) at 75 East Pender St. in May, 2010.