¿CóMO? Taperia gets word that City of Vancouver will approve temporary patio application this week

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      A chic Mount Pleasant tapas eatery may not have to close after all.

       ¿CóMO? Taperia was ready to shutter its doors late last week after the City of Vancouver refused its application for a temporary patio permit.

      But today, the Spanish restaurant tweeted that it's been verbally assured that the permit will now be approved.

      It came one hour after the owners met with Coun. Michael Wiebe, a former cochair of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association and owner of Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge on Main Street. 

      On Saturday (June 6), Mayor Kennedy Stewart tweeted that it looked like the restaurant's application sought to make use of private property for a patio.

      "The new expedited program is for public land for now," Stewart stated. "Staff are working hard to expand it to private property, but we need some bylaw changes. I'll be working with Council to make that happen ASAP."

      Earlier this year, Georgia Straight readers voted ¿CóMO? Taperia as the city's best new restaurant as part of the publication's annual Golden Plates Awards.

      The executive chef, Justin Wincher, told the Straight in March that he loves the cuisine of Spain.

      "There’s no better ham in the world than Iberico ham," Wincher told the Straight's Gail Johnson. "There’s no better nut than Marcona almonds. Pair them with sherry and you’re set."