JOEY Broadway will close next month after landlord seeks to jack up the rent

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      The dark-wooded, leather-seated JOEY restaurant on Vancouver's West Side will disappear in just over a month.

      That's because the company that owns the chain, refused to buckle under the landlord's efforts to jack up rent in advance of the Broadway subway being built.

      So the restaurant's last day will be October 21.

      It's widely expected that one of the six rapid-transit stations will be across the street from JOEY Broadway at 1424 West Broadway.

      The spacious dining room and lounge area are supplemented by a rooftop patio. 

      JOEY still operates four other restaurants in the region, including two in downtown Vancouver. The other two are in Burnaby and Coquitlam.

      The Straight has learned that JOEY's friendly general manager, Tad Robson, is being relocated to the Coquitlam outlet, and many of the staff will work at other company outlets.

      In 2016, the site was reportedly sold for $19.8 million to the Value Group.

      The Value Group website states that the company is seeking to lease the 8,000-square foot restaurant at $75.82 per square foot per year (net $45 per square foot, plus $30.82 in taxes, water and sewer, and landlord insurance).

      The address at 1424 West Broadway includes 21 parking stalls and 125 feet of Broadway frontage.