A longstanding Davie Village hangout is getting a major upgrade.
Hamburger Mary's Diner, a focal point for the West End's LGBT community, is one of the last late-night Davie Street eateries around since the days of the Fresgo Inn and Doll & Penny's in the 1980s.
Owner Phil Moon, who also opened up Davie Street institutions Numbers Cabaret, Oasis, and Fountainhead Pub, bought the late-night diner four months ago. Located at at 1202 Davie Street, the restaurant sits at the intersection of the rainbow crosswalks and kitty-corner from Qmunity.
"The reason I bought it was to save it for this community," Moon said by phone. "I'm 77 years old. I didn't have to buy this to try and save it for this community but I did for the simple reason I don't want another sushi bar on this corner."
The restaurant, which is not related to the U.S. chain with the same name, will close on Sunday (March 15) for renovations.
City of Vancouver communications coordinator Jag Sandhu confirmed on March 12 that the establishment has filed an application for a permit for renovations but it has not been approved yet.
Moon stated that he's spending $1 million on a "complete redo".
"It'll have the best equipment and the best kitchen in all the city," he promised.
He added that he will hire all staff back when it reopens. He expects the renovations to take about two months to do.
As for the menu, Moon said that it will feature many of the same offerings as it currently has, which includes burgers and milkshakes, but with upgraded quality on par with the likes of Milestones.