Beach Bay Café and Patio at Vancouver's English Bay closes down

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      Although several eateries in Vancouver’s West End temporarily closed for renovations over the winter season, one establishment has decided to permanently close its doors.

      Perched at 1193 Denman Street near Davie Street, Beach Bay Café and Patio, was launched by Viaggio Hospitality Group in 2015, taking over the venue formerly inhabited by Raincity Grill, which shut down in 2014.

      With its white and light-toned minimalist interior décor, the prime location, across the street from the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture at Morton Park, benefited from oceanfront views of English Bay, as a last stop on the way to the beach.

      The menu spanned a range of West Coast fare while highlighting seafood and integrating international culinary influences.

      During its run, the head of the kitchen changed several times.

      Although the restaurant began with executive chef Scott Korzack, Felix Zhou was named the executive chef in December 2015. After Zhou left to open up Heritage Asian Eatery, Michael Winning took over the kitchen in 2016.

      Beach Bay Café and Patio

      Unfortunately, the restaurant has decided to permanently go dark: windows have been papered up and a sign on the door indicates that a new establishment will be opening at the premises soon. According to public relations representative Michelle Lan, Viaggio is working on a new concept but the details and timeline are yet to be determined. 

      Meanwhile only a few blocks away, another prominent English Bay restaurant vacated its premises last autumn.

      The Boathouse English Bay shut down in October when its lease expired at 1795 Beach Avenue.

      However, five other Boathouse locations—in Kitsilano, Richmond, New Westminster, White Rock, and Port Moody—remain in operation.

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