Oct 5, 2022
On Liquor, Licensing and Loopholes, with Keenan Hood of The Keefer
We catch up with The Keefer Bar’s General Manager, Keenan Hood, for a recap on the closing of the Keefer Yard, and the successes of the past couple of years…
Jan 13, 2022
The Cozy Prairie Themed Bar Tucked Away on Cordova Street
This cozy, unpretentious Saskatchewan-themed Gastown tavern was a beer- and bourbon-lovers' living room, with a food menu that could have been featured entirely in Scout's 'Comfort Food Guide to Vancouver'.
Aug 30, 2021
The Slick, Pacific Rim-Inspired Restaurant Was a Yaletown Fixture for Five Years
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen was a professionally-run, West Coast meets Asian restaurant owned by the legendary Bud Kanke.
Aug 4, 2021
Remembering the West End’s Charming Ligurian Restaurant and Its Stunning Patio
The 110-seat restaurant and bar specialized in the regional cuisine of Liguria, with seafood dishes figuring highly.
Jul 21, 2021
Remembering Master Chef Cafe, One of East Van’s Last Greasy Spoons
A cash-only spot to the end, the friendly Master Chef Cafe was in operation on East Hastings from 1953 until 2014.
Jul 13, 2021
May the Prettiest Restaurant in Kitsilano Rest in Peace
From 2016 to 2021, the award-winning Mak N Ming consistently met guest's high expectations with sincerity and skill.
Jul 5, 2021
Remembering the Waterfront Weirdo Once Lauded as Canada’s Best New Restaurant
With its bucket seats and spinning wine machine, Harry Kambolis' Nu Restaurant was a little ahead of its time.
Jun 21, 2021
Remembering the Downtown Eastside’s Short-Lived Asian-American BBQ Restaurant
Opened by the award-winning Campagnolo crew in 2011, The Fat Dragon lasted just nine months at 566 Powell Street.
Jun 10, 2021
Remembering the Gastown Restaurant That Elevated Vancouver’s Pizza Game
Located at 62 East Cordova St. in Gastown, Bill McCaig's Nicli Antica Pizzeria made AVPN-certified pies for nine delicious years.
Jun 2, 2021
Remembering the West End’s ‘South of the Border’ Shrine to Margaritas and Good Times
Located at the top of Davie Street's west slope, Lolita's served an industry crowd for a dozen years before closing in 2017.
May 25, 2021
This Long Gone Vancouver Wine Bar Would Be Packed if It Was Still Around Today
Located at 1459 West Broadway from 2003 to 2012, the award-winning Cru was an inspiration for our Restaurant Graveyard.
May 18, 2021
RESTAURANT GRAVEYARD // Remembering a Gastown Original With a Mirrored Ceiling
The first Boneta was famed for its well-tended bar, industry-friendly atmosphere and French-inspired fare.
May 12, 2021
The Beautiful but Haunted Vancouver Restaurant That Never Lived Up to Its Potential
Century was a 'Modern Latin Cowboy' themed restaurant located in the old Lola’s/Ballantyne’s address at 432 Richards Street.
May 4, 2021
This Was Once Upon a Time Vancouver’s Most Popular Restaurant Chain
The Aristocratic was well known for its cheap burgers, neon signage and 'Risty' character sporting a top hat and monocle.
Apr 29, 2021
Remembering the Tiny Gastown Sushi Restaurant That Was ‘Delicious for You’
Cheffed by Keith Allison, Sea Monstr Sushi was connected to the Sharks + Hammers clothing and lifestyle shop on Alexander St.
Apr 27, 2021
This Was One of the Most Influential Restaurants in Vancouver’s History
Harry Kambolis' "C" Restaurant was a game-changing icon that helped put Vancouver’s emerging food scene on the map.
Apr 22, 2021
Remembering One of Vancouver’s Longest Running Restaurant Institutions
La Bodega was a Howe Street fixture from 1971 to 2014, serving up Spanish classic like albondigas and pitchers of sangria.
Apr 19, 2021
This Long-Gone Restaurant Was Key to the Development of Vancouver’s Craft Beer Scene
The list of brewers who developed their skills at this restaurant speaks to the evolution of the Lower Mainland's craft beer scene.
Apr 13, 2021
Remembering Coal Harbour’s Short-Lived ‘High Priced Jewel Run by Amateurs’
Chef Liam Breem's promising, 74-seat, French and Mediterranean-inspired Verre lasted less than two years at 550 Denman St.
Mar 31, 2021
Remembering Gastown’s Ambitious but Doomed Modern German Restaurant
The 2015 arrival of film director Uwe Boll's Bauhaus restaurant was met with deafening quiet from the community it sought to join.
Mar 25, 2021
The Most Cursed Location in Vancouver Spat This Fine Restaurant Out In Only a Year
Previous to Ensemble, the space ate Piccolo Mondo, Saveur and Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe. After Ensemble, it swallowed others.
Mar 17, 2021
Remembering the Commercial Drive Restaurant Where All the Cooks Liked to Hang Out
While it did attract many off-duty cooks, bartenders and servers, to the neighbourhood at large is was like a second living room.
Mar 10, 2021
Remembering East Broadway’s Peruvian-Inspired House of Good Times and Pisco Sours
It's been a year since the closure of Mt. Pleasant's Chicha restaurant, but its memory persists for good reason.
Feb 24, 2021
This Dark and Sexy Restaurant With a ‘Nuevo Latino’ Theme Was Once a Gastown Hotspot
Cobre enjoyed a five-year run before shutting down in 2012 with the chef launching Cuchillo a few blocks east on Powell Street.
Feb 9, 2021
This Acclaimed Gastown Restaurant Will Be Remembered as One of the Best of Its Generation
The city - and most immediately the 100 block of West Hastings - is so much the lesser for the loss of Wildebeest.
Jan 22, 2021
After a Six-Year Run, This Impressive Hotel Restaurant Was Replaced by Something Even Better…
Oru Cuisine was the fine dining establishment that operated where Botanist currently excels in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Jan 12, 2021
This Shuttered Gastown Restaurant May Have Been Tiny, But It Sure Left a Big Hole
The Sardine Can was a small and subtly stylish restaurant that turned out classic shareables like patatas bravas and albondigas.
Dec 7, 2020
Remembering Old Country Fish & Chips, an East Hastings Fixture for Over 25 Years
Opened by Bert Love and John Dobson, the long-serving restaurant's slogan was "From the sea to the pan."