The Year in Review: COVID-19 mows down many Vancouver restaurants

Here's a list of more than 60 establishments that closed in the region in 2020

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      In July, Statistics Canada released the results of a survey that reflected a worrisome trend in the restaurant industry.

      More than 4,000 Canadians were asked whether they expected to spend more, less or about the same in a range of areas, including eating in a restaurant, ordering takeout, and buying groceries.

      "The category that had the highest proportion of Canadians stating that they expected to spend less compared to prior to the pandemic was eating at a restaurant, with 51% saying so," wrote analysts Farhana Khanam and Sharanjit Uppal.

      "This was followed by entertainment (37%), clothing or apparel (32%), recreation (32%), and ordering take-out food (31%)."

      As for areas where people would be spending more money, the highest response was for groceries. 

      Nearly one in five—19 percent—planned to increase their expenditures in food stores. Only 10 percent said they would spend less on groceries.

      The shift from spending in restaurants to buying groceries has had devastating repercussions on the hospitality industry in Vancouver and many other Canadian cities.

      That, coupled with a sharp decline in tourism, caused many food operators to shut their doors this year.

      These weren't the only reasons why restaurants closed, of course.

      In some cases, the development of the Broadway rapid-transit project was responsible. In other instances, owners simply opted to retire.

      Below, you can see a list of the 2020 casualties in this region. Single outlets within chains are indicated with the street address.

      If any readers know of others not mentioned, send an email to


      Angus Bakery & Cafe 


      Au Petit Cafe



      Blossom Dim Sum & Grill

      Broadmoor Bakery

      Burgoo Kitsilano

      Cabrito Tapas

      Cafe Crepe (1032 Robson Street) 


      Cantina Pana


      Chocolate Arts

      Chopped Leaf 

      Chutney Villa

      Coquille Fine Seafood

      Dubh Linn Gate

      El Pulgarcito

      Falconetti's East Side Grill

      Federico's Supper Club

      Felicia's Restaurant


      Frenchies Diner

      Frites: Fries With Benefits

      Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House 

      Harbour 550

      House Special

      JamJar (1488 West 11th Avenue)

      Jitlada Thai Restaurant

      La Pentola

      L'Opera Patisserie

      Mamie Taylor's

      Memphis Blues (1465 West Broadway) 

      Milestone's Cambie

      Musette Caffè

      M8 Bistro & Bar

      Old Country Fish & Chips

      Pasture to Plate Grill, Broths, Deli, and Butcher Shop (1061 Denman Street)

      Peninsula Seafood Restaurant

      Ramen Koika (1479 Robson Street)

      Ramen Takanotsume (841 Bidwell Street)


      Royal Dinette

      Sardine Can

      Shaolin Noodle House

      Storm Crow Tavern

      The Blue Martini

      The Boathouse (8331 River Road, Richmond)

      The Bottleneck

      The Charles Bar

      The Holy Crab

      The Metropole Pub

      The PearTree

      The Porthole

      The Portly Chef

      The Ramenman

      The Reef

      The Tuck Shoppe


      Tuc Fried Chicken

      What's Up? Hot Dog!

      White Spot (Georgia and Cardero)