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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angus Bakery & Cafe
Au Petit Cafe
Blossom Dim Sum & Grill
Cafe Crepe (1032 Robson Street)
Coquille Fine Seafood
Dubh Linn Gate
Falconetti's East Side Grill
Federico's Supper Club
Frites: Fries With Benefits
Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House
JamJar (1488 West 11th Avenue)
Jitlada Thai Restaurant
Memphis Blues (1465 West Broadway)
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)
Shaolin Noodle House
Storm Crow Tavern
The Blue Martini
The Boathouse (8331 River Road, Richmond)
The Charles Bar
The Holy Crab
The Metropole Pub
The Portly Chef
The Tuck Shoppe
Tuc Fried Chicken
What's Up? Hot Dog!
White Spot (Georgia and Cardero)