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Nov 24, 2010 09:46 PM

Parthenon in flames

Went by Parthenon today and saw some yellow police tape around half of it.

Apparently an arsonist.

They say it'll take quite awhile before it opens again.

Crying shame.

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  1. Didn't see Grayelf's more timely report.

    1. I stopped by Parthenon today and noticed that, in addition to the smoke residue and papered windows, they also had a Vancouver Health Board closure notice attached to the window for unsanitary conditions. Coincidence?

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      1. re: myrtleturtle

        Coincidence? No, it is a direct result of the fire and resulting operation to extinguish it. Any time you have a food based business that has a fire (or other disaster) most of the perishable food inside is immediately considered tainted by the health department and will be disposed of once the investigation(s) are finished.

        If you had looked at the date on the Health Department notice (and I have not) I am absolutely certain you would see that it is after the fire and not before. Parthenon is a well liked and respected business so a bit of sleuthing before jumping into speculation of that sort is in order.

        1. re: eatrustic

          Interestingly, they are not listed here at all: but they applied for and received a temporary permit on Nov 25 effective Nov 22 (the night of the fire):

          I read the notice on the door the day after the fire but I can't remember the date on it.

          1. re: grayelf

            "Parthenon is a well liked and respected business"

            Obviously that doesn't apply to the people who firebombed the place 3 times.

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              Didn't want to go there obvious as it was.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Is that the case? When I read this topic I presumed it was old as I recall a fire there a few years back which led them to move to their current location.

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  It wasn't a fire that caused them to move-the place was bombed twice after they redeveloped the site-both times as the store was fully ready to be reopened.

              2. re: grayelf

                Checked today and sho 'nuff, the date was the 23rd so directly and only related to the fire. I peeped in and they are doing a bunch of cleanup in there. Too many fires recently...

                1. re: grayelf

                  This will be hideously old news to everyone but me -- there is a lovely store at 1220 Davie called the European Deli. It should be called the International Deli. Even though it is not convenient for me, they may be filling most of my deli needs till the Parthenon is back, with good prices, lovely service and great selection. The owner said the former owners were truer to the name but he likes to carry products from all over. I saw Turkish, Mexican, Polish, Greek (frozen burek from Krinos, anyone?), Italian and many more countries represented. Deffo worth checking out if you haven't.

                  1. re: grayelf

                    We've been going to another one around the corner from Santouka. Can't remember what that cross street is, or the name, unfortunately, but it sticks out like a sore thumb. Lots of Russian, eastern European product. Good deli selection. Mostly to load up on Smocki, Thomy mayo, things from my wife's childhood.

                    1. re: clutterer

                      Cool! I think I know it from when I worked in that 'hood if it's been around a while.

                      I was tres excited to see the shelves going up earlier this week at Parthenon too. Really rely on that place for so many items...

          2. Walked by Parthenon yesterday - looks like the restoration is pretty much complete! I saw folks stocking shelves and putting things in place! Hooray!

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                  1. re: islandgirl

                    I was there yesterday and picked up some of our favourite items! Tuscan ham, Cervelat, smoked gouda, Spanish olives, feta-stuffed olives, Cerignola olives, dolmades, tzatziki, pesto hummus, honey cookies (the kids love those), and a bottle of raspberry syrup. They were all out of pita bread, which I had to find elsewhere. Made for a lovely, easy Sunday evening dinner.

                    1. re: Chomp

                      Aisles are a bit wider and they've improved the flow slightly for checkout. Lighting is a bit odd with giant overheads that make it a bit difficult to see what's on the shelves. Most everything is back that they've always had, and they've expanded the dine in/seating area on the west side of the store. Very glad to have the Parthenon back in the hood :-).