West End resto roundup: Anderssen's Flax Rolls closes, Moxie's getting a makeover

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      Here are two brief news bites from the West End, with one place shutting down—though the company itself is not down for the count—and another undergoing a change.

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      Flax is a wrap

      Anderssen's Flax Rolls is shutting down its health-food-oriented café and retail outlet at 1682 Davie Street. But the company is remaining in business.

      The West End retail location served cold-pressed organic juice, smoothies, organic coffees, soups, salads, and a variety of flax rolls, ranging from breakfast omelet to tandoori chickpea versions.

      Anderssen's Flax Rolls

      Their wrap-like flax rolls, which include ground flaxseed, ground chickpeas, and quinoa, are gluten-free sources of fibre and omega-3, and have been available at various grocery stores throughout the province.

      However, the company is still in operation and their flax rolls are available in Vancouver at Nesters Market Yaletown (990 Seymour Street) and Laurelle's Fine Foods at the Granville Island Public Market. Frozen packs are available in Vancouver at Loblaws City Market (3185 Arbutus Street), Green's Organic and Natural Market (1978 West Broadway), and Stong's Market (4221 Dunbar Street).

      For more locations in B.C. where their flax rolls are available, including on Vancouver Island, visit their website

      Anderssen's Flax Rolls

      The area around where Anderssen's store was has witnessed a number of changes to eateries, including the closures of nearby Relish Gourmet Burgers, the very short-lived '50s Burgers, and Milestone's English Bay. The health-oriented grocery store Pomme Natural Market also changed hands to become Earth Market (1722 Davie Street).

      Moxie makeover

      In the heart of the Davie Village, Moxie's Grill and Bar (1160 Davie Street) has been closed since February while it's been undergoing renovations.

      Craig Takeuchi

      According to Moxie's marketing representative Ashley McCartney, the size of the new space will be smaller (she didn't disclose any square footage numbers) but therefore more intimate with a more local feel.

      Some new menu items will include fresh-smashed guacamole (made tableside with housemade salsa fresca and white corn chips), revamped fish tacos (with corn salsa, pickled cabbage, and jalapeno lime sauce), and a southern fried chicken sandwich (with double-breaded buttermilk marinated breast, housemade pickles, American cheddar, buttermilk ranch dressing, and cabbage slaw).

      The restaurant is aiming for a reopening in April.

      Other Moxie's locations in Metro Vancouver include downtown Vancouver (180 West Georgia) and Richmond (3233 St. Edwards Drive).

      The Calgary-based chain has locations across Canada, and have begun their entry into the U.S. market with a location in Dallas, Texas.

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