Disappearing Vancouver: Hood 29, formerly Cottage Bistro, a Main Street staple since 1998, listed for $168,000

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      A Vancouver pub and live music venue that has been a staple on Main Street since 1998 is ready for its last call.

      Hood 29, formerly Cottage Bistro, has come on the market for the price of $168,000.

      Posts on social media indicate that the 4470 Main Street establishment, like many local businesses, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

      “Missing you, and hope you are doing well,” one wrote in a message to owner Eugene Dong and his spouse. “This pandemic has been very hard on everyone. I look forward to getting back to normal.”

      “Really hoping Eugene Dong can endure this shutdown, we need this place!” another one wrote.

      “I hope so too,” a third one responded. “I did connect with Eugene, and ask if he was ok and said yes.”

      The place has been the home of blues music on Main Street for many years.

      A Saturday blues jam has been significant part of the establishment, earning Dong the title of ‘Bluesman’ of Vancouver in a 2010 newspaper feature.

      Writing for The Province, journalist Jagdeesh Mann recalled that everything “began on a hot summer afternoon in 1998 when blues was as foreign to Dong as the local music scene”.

      Jack Lavin, a Vancouver blues musician, walked into Cottage Bistro, ordered a beer and prawns with chips.

      “Jack asked me if I would be interested in turning the place into a blues-music venue . . . I was excited but there was one problem . . . I did not know what blues was,” Dong told Mann.

      As Mann reported, it didn't take long for Dong to fall in love with the blues.

      Two months later, with the help of Lavin, Cottage Bistro staged its first live blues act.

      According to Mann, Dong, an immigrant from China, “became a saviour for Vancouver's blues musicians”.

      A 2010 newspaper account described Hood 29 owner Eugene Dong as the ‘Bluesman’ of Vancouver.
      HOOD 29

      In 2018, Cottage Bistro rebranded as Hood 29.

      In addition to the blues, Hood 29 also featured jazz, pop music, poetry, story slams, and comedy.

      A listing at the Restaurant Business Broker site states that the pub has 98 seats.

      The business sale includes the establishment’s liquor license.

      Monthly gross rent comes to $9,100.

      Online, Hood 29 boasts of having one of the finest selections of single malt Scotch whiskeys in the city.