Following Gyoza King closure, Chicco Café shuts down for development at 1500 Robson Street

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      After the longrunning Gyoza King shut down, its related neighbouring café has also permanently closed.

      Chicco Japanese Dessert Café shut its doors at 1504 Robson Street in Vancouver's West End on November 19 after a 17-year run.

      The petite Japanese dessert and coffee bar opened in 2000 to offer an array of Japanese and Western pastries, cakes, parfaits, and more, including cream puffs, Mont Blancs, macarons, Japanese cheesecake, green tea cake, and red-bean desserts like dorayaki.

      Chicco Café

      Gyoza King closed at 1508 Robson Street on October 30 after 24 years. Unlike Chicco Café, Gyoza King's sign on its door indicated that they hope to reopen elsewhere in the city at some point.

      The Gyoza King Group runs other eateries in the Lower Mainland, including Tangram Creamery (2729 Arbutus Street) in Vancouver and both Gyo-O Japanese Restaurant (2137–3779 Sexsmith Road) and Gmen Ramen (1160–8391 Alexandra Road) in Richmond.

      IBI Group Architects submitted an application to the City of Vancouver to develop the 1500 Robson Street site for a 21-storey mixed-use building. The structure will include 127 rental units, ground-level retail units, and four levels of underground parking. The application was approved on September 5.

      BB Pocha Korean Cuisine Bistro, located at 1500 Robson Street (at Nicola Street), is still operating. The Georgia Straight is awaiting a response to an interview request about the future of the restaurant.

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