Resto roundup: Gilaneh Persian Grill House, Tractor, Miura, and more

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      Here are some brief notes about places that have opened over the past few months, or are about to open, as well as some that have closed.

      Persian conversion

      Another eatery will join the collection of Persian and Middle Eastern spots in the West End.

      Gilaneh Persian Grill House

      Gilaneh Persian Grill House will be opening up in the former location of the short-lived Verve Bistro, which closed in June 2016 (and previously Central Bistro, which closed in 2015) at 1072 Denman Street.

      The restaurant already has one location in North Vancouver at 222 Pemberton Avenue.

      Gilaneh Persian Grill House

      The menu spans kebabs (including salmon fish, Cornish hen, vegetarian, and more), stews, soups, salads, and more.

      The Georgia Straight is awaiting for a reply from the restaurant for further details.

      More salad selection

      For those of you in search of healthy food and salads in the downtown core, another option has become available.

      Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

      The cafeteria-style Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods opened up another location at the Telus Garden Tower at 547 Robson Street on January 17.

      They previously opened up a location in Olympic Village at 1751 Quebec Street in July, and there are locations in Kitsilano (1903 West 4th Avenue) and Coal Harbour (335 Burrard Street).

      Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods

      Their menus offer vegetarian and vegan selections, and cover everything from salads and sandwiches to soups and stews.

      Waffles on hold

      While there have been some recent announcements of closures of businesses on Main Street, one that preceded the latest wave was Miura Restaurant and Bar. The Asian eatery closed on December 1 at 2521 Main Street.


      They originally began as Miura Waffle Milk Bar at 829 Davie Street, straddling the West End and Yaletown, with a focus on waffles, waffle sandos (or Japanese waffle sandwiches), and yoggy milk (yogurt milk drinks) before they moved to their Main Street location in 2013.

      In early 2016, they upgraded and expanded their menu to become more ambitious as they integrated various Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, and North American influences.

      The fusion menu offered items such as char siu pork tacos, udon alfredo, tuna nori carpaccio, and even Korean poutine.


      However, all is not lost as they're searching for a new home. They promise to be back with a new name, improved waffle sandwiches, and a new look.

      Greece on Granville

      Big Greek is preparing to open in the Granville Entertainment district at 980 Granville Street with a menu offering Greek street food and late-night hours. More details to come on this one.

      And the eats go on...

      Here's quite a long list of other openings and closing we've recently covered over the past month or so:

      • Indonesian coffee shop Nusa Coffee opened began as a Kitsilano pop-up and has become permanent 

      Honolulu Coffee has opened its second location in Kerrisdale

      Haru Korean Kitchen opened in Gastown

      Mak N Ming opened in Kitsilano

      • Langley's S+L Kitchen + Bar opened a second location in Abbotsford, with a third slated for Surrey

      • Quebec chocolate bistro Cacao 70 opened in the West End 

      Aer Café opened in East Vancouver

      Sports Bar Live! opened at Rogers Arena

      Pacific Poké opened in Chinatown

      The Eastwood opened in Fraserhood

      • Australian pie shop Peaked Pies opened in the West End

      • cycling-community hub and coffee shop Musette Caffé reopened in the West End

      • Poké Time will open two new locations

      Parallel 49 Brewing is revamping their tasting room to include a restaurant 

      • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is temporarily closed for renovations on Robson Street

      • Basho Café closed in Hastings-Sunrise but a similar café, Yama, will open in its place

      Barbara-jo's Books to Cooks will close in February

      • vegetarian restaurant The Foundation is slated to close

      • plant-based creamery Nice Vice closed in Yaletown  

      Relish Gourmet Burgers shut down in the West End

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