The Reef Restaurant shuts down in East Vancouver after two decades of Caribbean meals

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      Vancouver has a select number of Carribbean restaurants and, sadly, the number just got smaller.

      The Reef, located on Antique Row at 4172 Main Street near King Edward, ended its 21-year run on October 4.

      The Reef Restaurant

      Although the restaurant reopened after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted (the location had temporarily closed in March), its owner has decided to close its doors permanently.

      Owner Simon Cotton posted a message on the restaurant’s website, thanking Caribbean, Ultimate, and LGBT communities and various neighbourhoods, for their support over two decades in operation.

      The menu spanned the range from Jamaican patties and West Indian curries to calypso oxtail and ackee and saltfish.

      Their house jerk was a spicy North Coast Jamaican wet marinade made by Paulette Wedderburn, or Miss P, from Kingston, Jamaica.

      The restaurant, which opened in 1999 and has been frequently named among the top Caribbean food establishments in the city, also launched its food truck, the Reef Runner, in 2013 in Vancouver, as well as one in Victoria.

      The Reef Restaurant