The Vancouver Restaurant That Promised a ‘New Service Idea’ and Was Open All Night
Located at 608 West Pender Street, the mysterious Central Cafe was a fixture of downtown dining for decades.
Remembering the Beloved Tex-Mex Restaurant That Joked About Cheating ‘Tourists & Drunks’
Launched in 1988, Carlos 'n Bud's was defined by its affordable Tex-Mex menu, relaxed attitude and sun-soaked patio.
They Don’t Make Art-Deco Lunch Counters in Vancouver Like They Used To…
Located between the Commodore and the Orpheum, the 1930s/40s Hollywood Cafe offered 30 cent lunches and an on-site palmist.
Award-Winning Italian Restaurant Permanently Closes After 12 Years on Main Street
We can't blame greedy landlords or property developers for this one. Campagnolo was closed by Covid-19, plain and simple.
Five Years Ago Today, This Recently Shuttered Restaurant Got Off to an Excellent Start
Royal Dinette, launched in the Financial District in the summer of 2015, was the first local restaurant to fall during the pandemic.
Remembering the Promising Chinatown Restaurant and Bar That Never Really Caught On
The 80-seat Juniper lasted five years at 185 Keefer Street having never fulfilled its pre-opening promise.
Remembering the Hotel Restaurant and Bar That Championed Local Seafood
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.
Remembering the Restaurant That Made Vancouver Think It Had Officially Hit the Big Time
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.
It Was Only in Kits for a Few Years, But This Airy Bistro Made a Delicious Impact
A contemporary of neighbours Gastropod and Fuel, Laurent and Valerie Devin's Bistrot Bistro outlasted both.
This North Shore Restaurant Won Big Awards (But Lasted Only Five Years)
Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008 by enRoute magazine, Fraiche was a breath of fresh, mountain air.
Requiem for a Short-Lived, Spanish-Themed Wine Bar in Gastown
Though wine bars are rare in Vancouver, Tempranillo was not as successful as it could/should have been, closing a year after opening.
This Casual French Bistro in East Van Might Be Gone But It Will Never Be Forgotten
Chef Brad Miller's Bistro Wagon Rouge took over the old Dockers Diner address in 2013 and enjoyed a six-year run.
Remembering a Charming Fraserhood Restaurant That Was Doomed From the Start
It is a cruel facet of the human experience that sometimes young, well-loved restaurants close before their time...
A 20-Year Fine Dining Legend Enters Vancouver’s Restaurant Graveyard
For much of West Restaurant's nearly 20-year run, the Toptable icon stood astride Vancouver's hospitality scene like a colossus.
One Hundred Years Ago, This Was Vancouver’s Most Elegant Cocktail Bar
"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..."
Remembering the Beautiful, Short-Lived Gastown Restaurant That Never Sold Flowers
Despite some positive reviews and a very good looking design by Craig Stanghetta, Blacktail Florist didn't last two years.
Kerrisdale Restaurant Shutters After 14 Years of Deliciousness and Skulduggery
Senova started out as a critically-acclaimed Iberian eatery but after an ownership change would slowly devolve into irrelevancy.
There’s a Special Place for Ping’s Cafe in Vancouver’s Restaurant Graveyard
This short-lived Japanese yoshuku-style comfort food restaurant was a little ahead of its time in Mt. Pleasant.
Remembering the Elegant Weirdness of Yaletown’s Long-Shuttered Elixir Bistro
The first (and very likely last) Vancouver restaurant to ever screen a live feed of its dining room above its washroom urinals.
This Promising Vancouver Restaurant Closed Long Before it Should Have
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.
The Worst-Named Restaurant in Vancouver Has Closed After 14 Months
Escobar, so named after the murderous Colombian drug Pablo Escobar, earned its special place in Vancouver's Restaurant Graveyard.
Remembering a Prolific Restaurateur’s Counter-Service Experiment in Chinatown
Sean Heather launched this small coffee and sandwich shop (cheffed by Lee Humphries) at 75 East Pender St. in May, 2010.
The Mt. Pleasant Restaurant That Got to Live Two Very Different Lives in the Same Address
There were two visions for Habit Lounge, the first launching (bright and minimalist) in 2005 and the second (dark and moody) in 2008.
Remembering the Short-Lived, Seafood-Focused Wildebeest Cousin Near Kits Beach
The 36 seat 'Supermarine' didn't last long, shuttering in the summer of 2016 just one year after it opened at 1685 Yew Street.
Remembering the West End Pub That Gave Vancouver British Sunday Suppers in Miniature
The Fat Badger was well known for its friendly pints, scotch eggs, fish and chips, rarebits and miniature Yorkshire puddings.
Remembering One of the Most Beautiful, Romantic Restaurants Ever Built in Gastown
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.
When a Veteran Four Seasons Chef Opened a Comfort Food Joint on Main Street
In this week's edition of Restaurant Graveyard, we remember and inter Chef Wayne Martin's casual experiment, Crave on Main.
The Modern Chinese Restaurant That Suddenly Made Vancouver’s Food Scene Interesting
Wild Rice was a fixture on the edge of Chinatown, pairing Modern Chinese food with cocktails and wine from 2001 to 2014.