Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro closes its Denman Street location at Vancouver's English Bay

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      Amid a series of restaurant closures in the West End, another eatery has decided to shut one of its locations at English Bay.

      Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro permanently closed the doors of its casual and cozy spot at 104–1184 Denman Street on February 27. The eatery had been operating at that location since opening in December 2013.

      Baoguette representative Julie Ho told the Georgia Straight that the closure was a difficult decision. Unlike other places that have shut down, rent wasn't a factor, but Ho said that the decision to close was made as business in the area remains seasonal—with heightened foot traffic in the summer but decreased numbers in the winter—instead of year-round. 

      Another factor Ho cited was the split-level layout of the Denman venue, which limited their seating arrangements.

      However, Ho wanted to thank West Enders for welcoming them into the neighbourhood and for their support over the years.

      The good news is that the restaurant will be announcing a new location later this year.

      Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro

      In addition, their Kerrisdale location, which opened in July 2016, remains in operation at 2114 West 41st Avenue.

      Baoguette’s menu covers rolls, banh mi, pho and specialty noodle soups, com (rice dishes), bun (vermicelli noodles), and more.

      Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro

      West Enders can also opt to dine at their sibling restaurant Pho Goodness in the Davie Village at 1150 Davie Street. (In 2016, Pho Goodness relocated to its current location from across the street at 1183 Davie Street.)

      For those in East Vancouver, Pho Goodness also has a second location at 3079 Main Street.

      The Denman closure follows the shutting down of Beach Bay Café and Patio across the street at 1193 Denman Street. Another recent West End closure was Sushi Itoga at 1668 Robson Street (near Bidwell Street), which operated at that location for a decade. 

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