Vancouver restaurant closings in 2021
The restaurant industry is fickle, so while we know that some restaurants inevitably have to close, we never want to see them shut down for good.
Some of these spots have been relaunched with a new concept, while others have unfortunately closed for good.
Here are some notable Vancouver restaurants that closed in 2021.
Slickity Jim’s Cat ‘n’ Chew
Slickity Jim’s 1387 W 7th Avenue location closed in November 2021. The restaurant has told customers they can expect the same great food at its remaining location on Main Street.
One of Vancouver’s most popular pizza restaurants has closed after a decade of operation. Nicli Gastown is now closed. Restaurant 62 E Cordova Street has quietly closed its doors after serving traditional Italian pizzas, salads and drinks for 10 years.
You will no longer find the Rumpus Room on Main Street, as a new concept called Slim Jim’s BBQ is currently operating there.
Copper Chimney, located in downtown Vancouver, Le Soleil hotel has quietly closed its doors. A representative for the restaurant told Dished Vancouver that the bar and grill at 567 Hornby Street reopened in October after being closed since the pandemic began in March, but closed again on November 13, 2021. The new concept works here is Alouette.
Starbucks Reserve Bar
The first Starbucks Reserve Bar in Western Canada has closed its doors for good. Mount Pleasant Cafe took to social media to share the news that January 31, 2021 will be its last day of operation.
Sad news for dumpling fans, Hey Dumplings has officially closed its doors in its Chinatown store. The 208 Keefer Street restaurant opened in spring 2018, serving Russian-style sweet and savory dumplings, fresh and frozen.
Longtime Vancouver restaurant Peckinpah officially closed its doors this year. 2 Water Street Restaurant was known for serving Caroline-style barbecues in the heart of Gastown, a short walk from Maple Tree Square.
Some of Vancouver’s beloved restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic, and we are very sad to add Wildebeest to this list. 120 W Hastings Street Restaurant was known for its rustic interior and unreal farm-to-table menu.
Cafe Prado Rue de l’Eau
Prado Cafe has opened up some wonderful new locations over the past few years, but unfortunately the popular local brand has closed one recently as well. The concept’s 117 Water Street location has now been permanently closed.
Ampersand Bistro & Bar
Ampersand Bistro & Bar has quietly closed its doors in Gastown. The 32 Water Street restaurant took over the space of the Mosquito dessert spot in the spring of 2019. It was known for offering its customers what it called “designer dim sum” as well as tapas dishes and cocktails.
Laurence & Chico Cafe
The Laurence & Chico Café, located at 833 rue Bute, has quietly closed its doors. The eerily wonderful restaurant has been offering tea service in its Alice in Wonderland-style dining room since opening in Spring 2018. The West End destination was created and designed by dynamic designer duo Laurence Li and Chico Wang.
Don Francesco Ristorante
Signage is down, and so is its website. Looks like Don Francesco Ristorante has quietly closed its doors at the Waterfront Center in Vancouver. The Italian restaurant 909 W Cordova Street took over this space from Hapa Izakaya in 2018.
Soho tea room
After nine years of activity, the Soho Tea Room has definitively closed its doors. 3466 Cambie Street restaurant was known for its Hong Kong and Taiwanese cuisine, including salt and pepper chicken, fondues, toast, and bubble tea.
The Emerald Supper Club
One of the crown jewels of Vancouver’s lounge scene has closed: the Emerald Supper Club has officially closed its vibrant green doors. The cocktail destination of 555 Gore Avenue has been known to delight patrons with the charm of Chinatown and old-school Vegas vibes at the same time.
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Buckets’ owners have said that between adjusting to rapid changes amid the pandemic and expanding their own families, closing the store is ultimately the best decision for them. It closed in mid-May.
The Libra Room, located at 1608 Commercial Drive, has closed its doors and is now operating as a Mediterranean restaurant Loula’s Taverna & Bar under a new owner.
A West Vancouver restaurant known for its tapas-style shareable plates has closed its doors for good. Terroir Kitchen took to Instagram on July 23, 2021 to announce that it will be serving its “last supper” this weekend.
A popular supplier of plant-based dishes closed its doors this month, although it says it has not chosen to close. Heirloom Ambleside ceased operations on July 9, 2021. 1390 Marine Drive West Vancouver restaurant opened in June 2018.
TWG Tea – Vancouver (reopening in a new location)
TWG Tea Vancouver has officially closed its location on West Georgia Street and has announced plans to reopen at a new location in the future.
In case you missed it, Yaletown is a seafood restaurant. WildTale quietly closed earlier this year. 1079 Mainland Street Restaurant was known for serving fresh West Coast seafood in an elegant, casual dining room.
Mak n ming
One of Vancouver’s beloved upscale restaurants has officially closed. Mak N Ming has closed its doors. The owners of Kitsilano Restaurant made the announcement saying they would focus on “bigger opportunities” and hope to share the details soon.
This popular local breakfast had served its sweet and savory Scandinavian-inspired waffles for nearly a decade before closing. In their announcement, the owners said it had been “an absolutely amazing race for almost a decade” and thanked their staff and customers for their support over the years.
Boston Pizza – Theater District
A prominent Boston Pizza in downtown Vancouver has officially closed. The Canadian chain’s Theater District location has closed for good after more than six years of operation.
DD Mau Yaletown
The fast and casual Vietnamese dining destination offered its last service on July 17, 2021. This outpost at 1239 Pacific Boulevard was the brand’s original outpost. It opened nine years ago in 2012.
Tim Hortons – 998 Granville Street
Downtown Vancouver has said goodbye to another top restaurant chain: Tim Hortons at 998 Granville Street has closed for good.
Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante
Dished Vancouver has learned that the restaurant at the West End Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante has closed its doors for good. The neighborhood spot for Italian food told us “there was no choice” but to close, given the impacts of the pandemic. However, Pacifico’s 970 Smithe Street remains open.
Salt tasting room (moving)
A mainstay of Gastown’s deli and wine for 15 years has now closed and is considering a move. Salt Tasting Room in Blood Alley has announced it is leaving the neighborhood. But don’t worry cheese lovers: the joint will reopen in Chinatown in October, although the exact location has not been revealed.
The Soirette cake and macaroon shop has announced its closure after a decade of activity this summer. The Coal Harbor store was known for its whimsical treats and photo-worthy creations for the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.
Bridges (temporarily closed)
It’s the end of an era. The iconic Granville Island Bridges restaurant closed on Sunday, September 26, 2021, after 41 years of operation. But here’s the good news: it’s not a farewell to this space, see you later. The restaurant as we know it will change and Bridges will rebrand.
One of Vancouver’s most famous local burger restaurants has closed its doors for good. Trans Am, or as it was later called, Turbo X Trans Am, is officially closed.
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar has closed its convention center for good after nearly a decade of operation. The local mini-chain operated at 200 Burrard Street at the Waterfront Building in Vancouver for eight years.
One of Metro Vancouver’s local outlets for quality cuts of meat, Butcher’s Table, has closed. The butcher’s shop was located inside the New West River Market at 112 – 810 Quayside Drive.
Cin City Mini Donuts
Cin City Mini Donuts has closed its Vancouver sweet spot at 327 E Broadway. The hot mini donuts, hot dogs, cotton candy and lemonade destination had previously operated seasonal stalls, but this was the brand’s first full-time location.
Vietnamese restaurant Bao Chau
A long-standing Vietnamese restaurant has closed in Vancouver. Vietnamese restaurant Bao Chau has been marked as permanently closed online and a sign on the restaurant’s front window has been displayed to share the news.
The Slocan ceased operations at its location at 2715 East Hastings Street after nearly 50 years of operation. This classic comfort food destination closed on November 14, 2021. The restaurant teased a “2.0” version of The Slocan in its farewell post on Instagram. We’ll keep you posted as soon as details are released.
Taylight Brewing in Port Coquitlam closed earlier this fall. In a message to its subscribers, 1485 Coast Meridian Road Brewery, which opened in August 2018, said it would no longer be able to stay open due to the “effects of COVID 19”.
Miantiao, the newly opened restaurant inside the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, has now ceased operations. After six months of operation, the Italian-Chinese restaurant offered its last service on Monday, November 29, 2021. It has since been replaced by Carlino.
Swiss Chalet – Burnaby (closed end of December)
Restaurant staff also noted that the Lougheed Highway location may close before December 27, 2021, depending on staff availability and ingredients. Those wishing to stop by the restaurant in its last week were advised to call ahead to verify that it is open and that items are still on order.