Downtown Vancouver's Tsui Hang Village Restaurant goes dark without explanation

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      A longrunning late-night restaurant in Downtown Vancouver has quietly gone dark—without any clear indication about its status. 

      Tsui Hang Village Restaurant (1193 Granville Street) sits perched at the corner of Granville and Davie streets in the Downtown South neighbourhood, situated at the nexus of the West End, Yaletown, and the Granville Entertainment District.

      The longtime Chinese cuisine establishment (the Better Business Bureau lists it as having been in operation for 34 years) has been popular for its take-out window on Davie Street, open until 3 a.m., and for after-club eats among nightlife goers from Granville or Davie streets or in Yaletown, with dining available until 1:30 a.m.

      Its menu spanned everything from duck, beef, pork, and seafood to egg foo yung, chow mein, chop suey, and fried rice, with favourites such as spicy chicken wings, pan-fried string beans with house Szechuan sauce, and "special" or cold tea.

      However, whether the restaurant is permanently closed, is relocating, is undergoing renovations, or may be relaunched at some point remains unclear.

      Although there isn’t any sign on the door indicating its status, the interior has been cleared of furniture and the takeout window is closed.

      While the restaurant’s website also has no indications about its current state, an online delivery service website states that it “is closed for the moment” and that online ordering has been disabled. The restaurant’s voicemail is full.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted a real estate agent listed on a “for lease” sign, which has been up for several years, and is awaiting a response.

      In addition, a proposed redevelopment project for a seven-storey mixed-use building (with retail on the ground floor) at the site was approved by the city's development permit board in October 2015.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted property owner Deecorp Properties to confirm the status and timeline of the redevelopment project.

      In 2015, Tsui Hang Village manager Robert Pan told the Georgia Straight for an article about the redevelopment project that he was uncertain if the restaurant would remain in the location or move to another one.

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