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Parthenon in flames

repartee Nov 24, 2010 09:46 PM

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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    repartee RE: repartee Nov 24, 2010 10:10 PM

    Didn't see Grayelf's more timely report.

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      myrtleturtle RE: repartee Nov 27, 2010 10:53 PM

      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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        eatrustic RE: myrtleturtle Nov 28, 2010 08:10 AM

        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.

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          grayelf RE: eatrustic Nov 28, 2010 08:43 AM

          Interestingly, they are not listed here at all: http://www.vch.ca/media/foodclosures_... but they applied for and received a temporary permit on Nov 25 effective Nov 22 (the night of the fire): http://www.foodinspectionweb.vcha.ca/...

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

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            Sam Salmon RE: grayelf Nov 28, 2010 09:17 AM

            "Parthenon is a well liked and respected business"

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

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              eatrustic RE: Sam Salmon Nov 28, 2010 09:54 AM

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

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                brokentelephone RE: Sam Salmon Dec 6, 2010 04:11 AM

                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.

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                  Sam Salmon RE: brokentelephone Dec 6, 2010 06:29 AM

                  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.

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                grayelf RE: grayelf Dec 1, 2010 08:01 PM

                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...

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                  grayelf RE: grayelf Dec 6, 2010 03:04 PM

                  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.

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                    clutterer RE: grayelf Feb 13, 2011 09:06 PM

                    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.

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                      grayelf RE: clutterer Feb 13, 2011 09:19 PM

                      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...

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            Chomp RE: repartee Feb 13, 2011 04:02 PM

            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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              Sam Salmon RE: Chomp Feb 13, 2011 05:35 PM

              Will 'lightning' strike again?

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                Sam Salmon RE: Sam Salmon Feb 21, 2011 02:22 PM

                Now reopen.

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                  islandgirl RE: Sam Salmon Feb 21, 2011 02:36 PM

                  Yahoo! When?

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                    Chomp RE: islandgirl Feb 21, 2011 06:18 PM

                    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.

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                      grayelf RE: Chomp Mar 13, 2011 09:24 AM

                      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 :-).

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