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!
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.
There were two visions for Habit Lounge, the first launching (bright and minimalist) in 2005 and the second (dark and moody) in 2008.
The 36 seat 'Supermarine' didn't last long, shuttering in the summer of 2016 just one year after it opened at 1685 Yew Street.
The Fat Badger was well known for its friendly pints, scotch eggs, fish and chips, rarebits and miniature Yorkshire puddings.
The romantic 40 seater was opened by first timers Alice Wu and Johan Friedrich on Valentine's Day in 2015. It lasted just three years.
In this week's edition of Restaurant Graveyard, we remember and inter Chef Wayne Martin's casual experiment, Crave on Main.
Wild Rice was a fixture on the edge of Chinatown, pairing Modern Chinese food with cocktails and wine from 2001 to 2014.
Closed in September of 2017, this neighbourhood icon enjoyed an 11 year run with its sprawling patio overlooking Maple Tree Square.
Today we remember Sean Heather's Bitter Tasting Room, interring it for all eternity in Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
Today we remember Cork & Fin (and its freshly shucked oysters), interring it for all eternity in Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
Open from 2015 to early 2017, Latab was a short-lived gift to local foodies from chef Kris Barnholden and wine pro Eryn Dorman.
Today we inter the tiny, 20 seat vegetarian restaurant known as The Parker into Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
The 30 seat "Cafeteria" lasted two years at 2702 Main St. (now Burdock & Co.), featuring an eclectic menu with no dish exceeding $20.
This interesting eatery on Powell St. (its name a portmanteau of "bamboo" and "buddha") now lies in Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
Opened in 2010 by the owners of nearby Salt Tasting Room, the Spanish-inspired 21 seat 'Judas Goat' lasted 3 years in Blood Alley
Brian Fowke and Tim Keller's sprawling, 150-seat Metro restaurant boasted a great design and a tourist-magnet location, but barely lasted a year.
Dunlevy Snackbar opened in 2010 and transitioned from coffee and baked goods to cocktails and Korean pancakes. It closed in 2015
Kids were encouraged to run guiltlessly, joyously amok at this memorable (if often outrageously loud) counter-service cafe off The Drive.
Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne opened in the midst of the 2008 financial meltdown and closed to the frustration of many in 2011.