Vancouver coffee chain Prado Café puts Gastown location on market for $99,000

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      Homegrown Vancouver coffee chain Prado Café is selling its Gastown location for $99,000.

      The 100 West Hastings Street café opened in 2015.

      It is the company’s second shop in the city.

      Including Gastown, Prado Café operates in seven locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, and Delta, as indicated on its website.

      Prado Café is owned by Sammy Piccolo, a pioneer in the local coffee scene.

      In a 2012 report, Straight contributor Tara Lee wrote that Piccolo “first broke ground in the profession when he and his brothers opened Caffè Artigiano in 2000”.

      “Back then, Vancouver had Starbucks and Frappuccinos, but not much else when it came to high-quality coffee establishments,” Lee wrote.

      The brothers sold the business in 2006.

      Lee quoted Piccolo saying, “We went from a scene with almost nothing to one of the best in North America.”

      A 2013 account on recalled that after selling Caffè Artigiano in 2006, the Piccolo family “kept ownership of the roastery side of the business, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters”.

      “Prado Cafe of course uses coffee from 49th Parallel with a selection of drip coffee, pour over or espresso drinks prepared on their Kees van der Westen Mirage machine,” the site related. also recalled that former JJ Bean almunus Amy York opened Prado Café in 2005 in a heritage building at 1938 Commercial Drive.

      The establishment was later purchased by Piccolo.

      In December 2011, Piccolo reopened Prado Café at its original location.

      The Gastown location followed in 2015.

      The listing by the Restaurant Business Broker agency describes the 100 West Hastings Street coffee shop as having been “very successful over the years”.

      “Greatly designed with large windows and natural light this efficiently operated location is ready for its next coffee brand or new concept,” the listing states.

      The shop measures about 1,500 square feet, and comes with a base rent of $6,349.