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 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.
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..."