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Storied West Restaurant to Close After 20 Year Run

The GOODS from West

Vancouver, BC | It’s been almost twenty years since the multiple award-winning West Restaurant + Bar welcomed its first guests in Vancouver’s iconic South Granville neighbourhood. Toptable Group, known for creating elegant yet approachable dining, announced today that West will close its doors at the end of December as its lease comes to an end.

“West has been so honoured to play such an integral role in the city’s vibrant restaurant community,” said Michael Doyle, President, Toptable Group. “Home to so much talent over the years including David Hawksworth, Thierry Busset, and Sabrine Dhaliwal – just to name a few – we are proud of, and grateful to, all of the amazing men and women who have contributed to our success including being named Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.”

From now until the end of December 2019, West plans to host a line-up of collaborative alumni dinners with Executive Chef Bobby Milheron and Restaurant Director Owen Knowlton to celebrate many of the spectacular menus that have been crafted for this room over its time. Watch for updates via West’s social media regarding special guest appearances and events.

We would also like to thank Founder, Jack Evrensel and all of the alumni such as Quang Dang (Executive Chef), Warren Geraghty (Executive Chef), David Gunawan (Chef de Cuisine), Rhonda Viani (Pastry Chef), Brian Hopkins (Restaurant Director), David Wolowidnyk (Bar Manager), and many more for their contribution to the restaurant’s accomplishments.

Since acquiring Toptable Group in 2014, Aquilini Restaurant Group Inc. has grown from five locations to its current eight in both Vancouver and Whistler. Now, looking forward, Toptable Group is slated in two weeks to launch Oceans, a locally and globally sourced seafood restaurant in New York. In addition, expansion of the group includes a Victoria opening with Executive Chef Kristian Eligh at the helm for next spring and a second Thierry Cafe location in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood as well as a new exciting concept for the Five Bentall Centre on Burrard Street.

As one of Vancouver’s longstanding restaurants that’s truly been a part of the fabric of the city’s dining scene, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome guests back for a final good-bye before the last dinner service on December 31st. Reservations can be made by calling 604 738 8938 or online at westrestaurant.com/#reservations.

West Restaurant
Neighbourhood: South Granville
2881 Granville St.

There are 3 comments

  1. Granville Street is dying because of the City’s interest in densifying the lower mainland. Therefore taxes are astronomical and building owners are greedy.
    Here are some other casualties:
    Ousi Bistro is closing after 25 years, because the landlord raised the rent too high.
    Williams Sonoma is closing due to rent hike.
    Plum Clothing is closing due to retirement.
    Kimoto Gallery closed in June due to development.
    If we lose the interesting and eclectic retail/restaurants and galleries in the area, no one will come! Everyone will lose.

  2. Agreed with Marion’s comment above. It’s a shame the lease rates are so high on South Granville. It is almost impossible to have a successful business in this area. West is an institution and we are all sad and upset it is closing. What will replace this space? The charm and vibe of this area will change and disappear with raised rents. Too bad there are a few who profit and ultimately we all lose. Yet another area of Vancouver dying.

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