Lost + Found café seeks new direction as Vancouver Downtown Eastside spot listed for sale

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      Lost + Found café in Vancouver is looking for a new direction.

      The Downtown Eastside coffee shop founded by traveler, photographer and philathropist Kane Ryan has been listed for sale.

      Lost + Found has been operating for nearly nine years at 33 West Hastings Street.

      As chronicled by cafeyvr.com, the coffee shop and gallery space opened on January 28, 2013.

      “After spending three years working in India with his Dirty Wall Project, Kane [Ryan] is back in Canada to continue his charitable work overseas and now locally through the café,” the site related.

      Lost + Found is on the ground floor of the Chelsea Inn building.

      “Along with ample seating, that includes a dedicated section to selling items from women's organizations around the globe with proceeds going back to the Dirty Wall Project Foundation,” cafeyvr.com noted in its May 2013 account.

      “There's also a meeting room in the back and the entire space also is used to host art exhibitions, meetings and other special events,” the site continued.

      On its website, Lost + Found notes that the location “attracts locals and tourists, painters and writers, photographers and travel enthusiasts and anyone looking to get lost in a comfy corner of the vast, bohemian space”.

      The sale is being handled by the Restaurant Business Broker agency of realtor Jean Seguin.

      The listing notes that the 3,900-square-foot café near Gastown provides a “great opportunity for a nightclub or a pub”.

      The business is listed for $49,500.

      [Update: On November 3, Kane contacted the Straight and indicated that he sold the cafe in 2016, and that he and his nonprofit are not connected with the current business.]