Last fall, Linh Café opened a new location at a glitzy skyscraper development in Downtown Vancouver.
As the French-Vietnamese restaurant started operations at the Vancouver House, its website advised that its original home in Kitsilano is “temporarily” closed.
Renovations were to begin September 1, 2021.
It now looks that Linh Café isn’t coming back.
A listing by Restaurant Business Broker announces that the 2836 West 4th Avenue location is for sale.
The asking price is $225,000.
The listing states that the spot is a “proven money maker” that has been “pumping out sales” of over $ 2 million a year.
“Affordable lease in place,” the text also notes for the 2,500-square-foot place.
The sale includes a liquor license and commercial kitchen.
Chef and owner Tai Nguyen and his wife Linh started the Kitsilano cafe in 2014.
An October 23, 2014 account on the Kitsilano.ca site noted that the establishment has an “interesting menu of traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking (not surprising, given Vietnam’s history as a former French colony)”.
“Brunch and lunch options include Cassoulet, Hanoi-style Pho, and Banh Mi Spicy Baguette Sticks, but also freshly baked croissants, palmiers, and other goodies like Pate Chaud – a savoury puff pastry, popular on the streets in Vietnam,” the site reported.
Linh Café’s site recalls that chef and owner Nguyen was born in North Vietnam, and cultivated a passion for cooking at a young age.
“In 2001, Tai made a life changing decision move to Vancouver, where he developed a love for French cuisine,” the site relates.
Nguyen worked at L'Emotion in West Vancouver under executive chef Jean-Yves Benoit.
He also gained experience at Mistral French Bistro, Café Régalade, and Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie before opening his own place, which he named after his wife Linh.
Linh Café is currently at 1428 Granville Street.