Karmavore vegan café temporarily closes after New West fire
Luckily, New Westminster's vegan café and dessert lounge didn't burn down in the big fire that broke out last week in the city's downtown area.
But that doesn't mean that Karmavore (610 Columbia Street) was left unscathed. The eatery has been closed since the day of the fire, and posted the following update on Facebook yesterday (October 15):
Dear Customers, our building stands, but sadly both buildings attached beside us have fallen. We will be closed until we complete the process with insurance, health authority, and building inspectors. Our power was out for over 24 hours affecting our refrigeration, so all our product and ingredients had to be discarded. We do not have an ETA on a re-open date until getting through this process, getting certification to re-open from health authority, and insurance coverage to re-stock/cleanup. We will provide an update as soon as we know more. Thank you all again so much for all your support and understanding. Our hearts go out to our neighbors who have been so deeply affected by this.
In 2009, Karmavore opened as the first vegan store in Vancouver's suburbs. It moved from Sapperton to downtown New West in 2010. Earlier this year, owner Salim Jamal transitioned his business from a retailer into an eatery. (From August to September, Karmavore also operated a pop-up juice bar in the River Market at Westminster Quay.)
Karmavore isn't the first local vegan eatery to be affected by a fire. In Vancouver, blazes led to the closures of the Loving Hut and OrganicLives restaurants in 2010 and 2012, respectively.