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Kits Happenings

Some things in transition:
Incendio is toast with the location beside 5th ave Cinema being renamed Novo: Pizzeria and winebar, rustic italian comfort food (seems to touch all the bases!)- opening soon.

Keis Bakery is gone being replaced with a Donair spot.

Chocolate Arts is moving after many many years on W.4th to West 3rd, a couple of blocks East of Burrard, (sounds like they are synching up with their production space which is in the same area).

Cafe Regalade (4th at MacDonald) is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday at this point. Dinner service will start once they get their liquor license. (anyone been in yet?)

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  1. Chronic Tacos on 4th @ Burrard is close to completion.

    Shame about Keis Bakery I just didn't get there enough and one day.........

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Uprising Breads 3000 block W Broadway is open.

      Stopped by today and had a few pumpkin tarts-delicious treats but prices overall are on the high side.

      FWIW-I've never been a fan of Uprising-it's an odd operation with their 70's era stodgy breads and I'm not sure what the Kits store is-bakery cafe/deli/coffee joint or all three also unsure if they do any actual baking there yet or ever will.

      http://www.uprisingbreads.com/

      Za House Pizza 2899 block Broadway is also open for business too bad I was so full from lunch earlier.

      http://www.thezahouse.com/

      1. re: Sam Salmon

        I had a ham and cheese croissant at Uprising this am. At $2.25 plus tax I thought the price was okay but the product was decidedly meh. And I was almost blind from the floor tiles (you really have to see them to believe them).

        I also stuck my head into Za House Tuesday (their first day). No takeaway menus yet and though the full menu is on line, I can't access it with my laptop -- too many tricky effects. There was a pie with prosciutto and arugula that sounded downright edible on the board. I'll give 'em a little time to settle in and then try one out.

        I'm crossing my fingers that something interesting and edible goes in where the hobby shop was... and I'm waiting with 'bated breath for the Honest Butcher to open up.

        1. re: grayelf

          Uprising closed their Kits location as of yesterday. I'll have to find their soda bread elsewhere.

          1. re: Hachidori

            Rumour has it that entire block is going to be knocked down to make way for condos... anyone else heard anything? If true, does not bode well for Parthenon Supermarket...

            1. re: Hachidori

              They pretty much sucked so it's no real loss-the 70's era floor tile told the story-an ancient business model and mediocre products do not a successful business make not in this 'hood.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Agreed, they aren't the greatest but I will miss this place. Any suggestions for an alternative place to kill an hour or two in this stretch of West Broadway where I can get both gluten free and regular baked goods?

                1. re: geekmom

                  The closest I can think of with gf is Edible Flours up by the IGA.

                  Stretching the boundaries of Kits a bit, newish coffee and noodle house (??) at Broadway and Hemlock. Serving 49th P and Bayswater Teas. Hope they do better than the grim AYCEs that preceded them. Name is Chasing Dragon (grin).

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Thank you, I will check them out. It's hard to be picky when you're looking for GF options!

                    1. re: geekmom

                      There is a little bakery beside La Buca on MacDonald that looks quite cute and is advertising gf options. I made a mental note of the name but alas, no recall. It is just north of the restaurant, beside the Patty Shop.

                      Also saw a redevelopment sign on the building that houses Artigiano. I wonder if they are moving. Sure would be nice to see a true independent coffee house on that part of Broadway.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        That bakery has been through some changes of late-formerly classic Canadian goods like Date Bars, Butter Tarts and sandwiches all top notch.

                        Long time Staff @ the nearby ICBC/MVB have told me the place has hit bottom since the former owner left-maybe he passed away can't remember details.

                        1. re: Sam Salmon

                          I should have been clearer -- it has definitely undergone a complete facelift and product makeover. I don't know what they mean by "hit bottom" but I'd be willing to give it a try if I were looking for baked goods in the area, particularly with the relative dearth of gf options nearby.

                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                              The Thai place south side 2800 block W Broadway is gone replaced but some Indian joint of no particular distinction.

                              Golden Aura raw everything is opened up in the 2600 block same street not my thing but may appeal to some.

                              http://goldenaura.ca/

      2. Ok, not technically Kits at all. But the space previously occupied by Vivo Gelato (?) at 38th and Arbutus is going to be a place called Mac (something about being the ultimate mac & cheese).

        If so, my 5 yr-old may decide to move in there permanently ........

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          I read it's going to be called the Mac Shack on a food blog. Nice to have another eats option in Kerrisdale :-).

          1. re: grayelf

            Thx GE, I knew I had part of their name missing :-/

            I'd like to see mac & cheese on a stick, a la corn dogs :-D

        2. Migz is gone, to be replaced by a new outpost of Yaggers.

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          1. re: grayelf

            Hopefully we see some good thigs out of the guys from Yaggers. Honest butcher should be interesting to see, perhaps a crowded market with Butcher on 10th, Market meats, and Jacksons all in kits...

            1. re: FAM04

              Honest will be the only one within easy walking distance for me so I am full of hope :-).

              1. re: grayelf

                The New Bohemian 3200 W Broadway is gone to be replaced by something with a generic/stupid sounding name.

                Presto Cucina 2200 W. 4th also a goner.

                -----
                New Bohemian
                3162 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H3, CA

                1. re: Sam Salmon

                  The windows at Presto are papered over now, wonder what "cool" concept will be going in. W. 4th has sure taken a hit with more empty storefronts than I can remember.

                  Anyone tried Novo by the 5th Ave Cinema yet? They've been open for a couple of weeks nows. They're on my pizza list for next week.

                    1. re: fmed

                      I didn't have the same experience Ms. Gill had. Of the two pizzas we had at Novo, the dough was too thick, neither crispy nor doughy, nary a sign of char, and the sauce was bland and lifeless.

                      1. re: clutterer

                        Pizza was good, chewy, but had body (and they slice it!!!), the sauce was very simple, could have used a bit more punch, overall I thought it was very good pizza

                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                    I hear it's the same owners as New Boho but re-branded as something like ..Extreme...??? Extreme what I have no idea, just sayin..

                    referred to New Bohemian.....

                    1. re: starlady

                      I believe Presto Cucina is going to be a Burgoo...

                        1. re: meghany

                          ^^ Good news! That's a great location for Burgoo - and oh so handy for me :-)

                          1. re: meghany

                            Woohoo !

                            Burgoo needs to be a chain :-D

                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                  Anyone know what's going in at the former Tomato Cafe spot on Bayswater? Lots of ripping and tearing going on...

                                  1. re: grayelf

                                    I drove by there yesterday and wondered the same !

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      I was under the impression that the whole thing is coming down to build condos.

                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                        Too much to hope it would become another eatery I guess.

                                    2. re: LotusRapper

                                      LotusRapper - It's on 4th and Vine. Formerly Presto Cucina.

                    2. Cafe Regalade is really good! Not cheap but had a nice catch up with an old friend kind of lunch there the other day and we ate our heads off. They do skillets with eggs on top of various delightful things like wild mushrooms and proscuitto in an obviously highly fatty cream sauce. Divine. The moules frites were really good, with mayo for dipping. Several daily specials. Portions enormous.

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                      1. re: waver

                        Chewies Oyster Bar opened in that challenging location on Yew and W. 2nd. In addition to the usual clam and mussel steamers I see they also have fried chicken - although it's a breast that has been marinated for 2 days in buttermilk and honey - wonder what the texture is like after that much soak time....

                        Burgoo is up and running on W 4th

                          1. re: Gaseous Clay

                            Yup, stand corrected. W. 1st and Yew

                            1. re: eatrustic

                              O Be Still My Beating Heart.....

                              Something is going on @ the Orestes building!!!

                              Yes I know it's been decades since there was an eating establishment of note in the old sentimental favourite but Hope Springs Eternal.

                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                  No-across the street from the Hollywood.

                                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                                    Is that the spot that can't keep a decent restaurant? (there was Moomba years ago, then some Japanese restaurant, and a handful in between...). Large space, kitchen on the left inside the front door, and an upstairs area too?

                                    1. re: meghany

                                      Yeah that's it-rent isn't cheap and the owner's an old multi-millionaire that doesn't really care one way or t'other if it's rented.

                                      1. re: Sam Salmon

                                        As reported elsewhere a couple of major restaurant moves in the hood:

                                        ReFuel has called it a day and sold the space to Trevor Bird a Top Chef competitor who will call the space "Fable" Best of luck to him. Last day for ReFuel is March 24!

                                        The old DB Space on W. Broadway has finally gotten a taker in the form of the team from Q4 on W. 4th. They plan to do minimal changes and set up shop fairly quickly.

                                        Nice to see some life back in that block as Thomas Haas must have been wondering why no one wanted to hang with him ;0.

                                        In addition the surprisingly excellent Vancouver Olive Oil Company has added some more foodie depth to the block. Boutique oil stores like this don't usually work for me but anyone who brings in a rotating 6 or 8 of the freshest olive oils from around the world (following the harvest seasons) gets my attention.

                                        They also have some really good balsamic vinegers, all on tap. I picked up a bottle of Serrano Chile Honey Balsamic that is absolutely killer!

                                        1. re: eatrustic

                                          Thanks for the intel on the oil company I do need some fresh stuff.

                                          And as a long time neighbourhood resident I'm Glad to see the back of the ignorant bellicose bastids who ran Refuel.

                                          1. re: Sam Salmon

                                            Are you serious Sam? The only reason why I came into Kits was to eat at Refuel. No wonder why they couldn't make a go of it.

                                            1. re: peter.v

                                              Gotta agree with peter there. Refuel is one of the few restaurants in a regular rotation for me in Kits. I'm almost always on the east side for eats. Had a lovely farewell burger there last night as a matter of fact. I'm sorry you don't respect the folks that run it, Sam. I've never had anything but thoughful service there, and I liked the nose-to-tail approach of not wasting beast flesh very much. I still remember with particular fondness both such meals that I enjoyed at the former incarnation, Fuel. You gotta love the first place you ever ate pig brains ;-).

                                              Happy to hear that all the staff will find places at the owners' other ventures, either the Campags or the soon-to-be Fat Dragon. I also understand that it wasn't so much not being able to make a go of it but rather the inconsistency of the bums in seats: eg 50 covers one Friday, 100 the next. That must be a bear in terms of staffing.

                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                I'm going to miss that burger. This closure completes that team's wholesale move to East Van. Is there anyplace left in Kits that is worthy?

                                                1. re: fmed

                                                  Bistrot Bistro, Cafe Regalade, Bishop's, Flying Tiger, Pastis, and Jolly's are all good ........

                                                  1. re: fmed

                                                    In my ever brief fly through town, we hit Siena on a Friday night. No ressies taken, we called about 20 minutes ahead and they said they could probably take us. We got there and were confronted by a group of campers. Staff were super nice, gave our group a glass of champagne for our troubles. The food was definitely worth it (from what I remember, we had hit Todd's beforehand for wine and oysters so my buzz was very buzzworthy by this point). Overall everyone had a very nice meal. Nice room, friendly service, good food. But be prepared to wait with the no reservation policy on busy nights.

                                            2. re: eatrustic

                                              NO!! Where am I going to get my burger?? :(

                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                Re the Q4 move, apparently the one on 4th is closing completely and reopening where DB was with the addition of a winebar/cocktail per kitsilano.ca There will be 200 seats for diners, whew. I wonder what they'll do with the 4th Ave space?

                            2. For those of you seeking lunch options in Kits, perhaps a made-to-order sandwich from Sweet Obsessions? I was there a week ago Friday for a lemon dacquoise but at night so sammies were not on the radar and they don't appear to be listed on the SO website as yet.

                              http://www.kitsilano.ca/2012/03/19/sw...

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                              1. re: grayelf

                                or the Harvest Deli for fabulous sandwiches

                                1. re: islandgirl

                                  Good call on Harvest Deli. If you can't find a sando you like off his list of 75 (!) he will make you one to your taste. And he does a mighty fine breaky too.

                                  1. re: grayelf

                                    Next to Harvest Deli is going to be Tera V Burger which looks like a vegan place. Andale's papered over. New owners at the sushi place at Bway and Waterloo. Heard tonight from a guy in my Japanese club that it's Korean-owned by a cool guy with lotsa tats who puts love into his product. Anyone been? It's now called Green Leaf.

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      Re:Tera V-Rare News- I does love me a good veggie burger!

                                      As to Andale's Peace to their Blighted Ashes.

                                      1. re: grayelf

                                        I remember when Andale's used to be a place called "Sam's" back in the late 80s - had a good greasy breakfast there. Haven't been to Andale's in ages....

                                        1. re: Chomp

                                          I remember Sam's ! Might have eaten there too.

                                2. A couple of Interesting openings to watch out for:

                                  Chocolate Arts cafe (1620 W. 3rd) is slated to open Aug.1 with Kafka's doing the coffee. Here's the link to their announcement: http://www.chocolatearts.com/

                                  And a couple of blocks up in the old Lazy Gourmet (original) purple building on Fir and W 6th is a pretty ambitious looking new bakery cafe slated for September called Beaucoup Bakery and Cafe (they've taken the whole side off the building as part of the renos) http://www.facebook.com/beaucoupbakery

                                  On the down side: Yaletown Brownies on W. Broadway has closed after not much more than a year.

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                                  1. re: eatrustic

                                    Too bad about Yaletown Brownies but it was always empty so not a huge shock.

                                    Excited to hear that Beaucoup is going to be brewing Kafka's so close to my office!! I've been panting for them to open...

                                    Coupla new coffee places opened up recentish: Blaq Sheep at 4th and Balaclava (there is another in Yaletown) and Culprit on Vine just south of 4th.

                                    Rangoon 1602 Yew is also open with a couple reviews on urbanspoon.

                                    Also still to come:

                                    Heirloom Restaurant South Granville -- another veg/vegan place, currently have an ad on craigslist for kitchen staff so they must be close

                                    L’Officio 3687 West 4th sometime this summer (long build out, that, I think the first story about this project was last September)

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      It's Choc Arts that's doing Kafka's. Beaucoup (from the likes on their FB page) will be doing 49th coffee.

                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                        Oh dang, misread your post. Well, my bro will be happy to hear that! Bit too far for me on a coffee break...

                                        1. re: grayelf

                                          Had a look @ the renos going on @ Beaucoup today-quite a lot of serious rebuilding.

                                          Ironic that a place that was once a caterers/cafe and was then rebuilt into offices is now once again a cafe.

                                          Love the look of some of their products on FB and that 'hood can use the cachet the place will bring-can't wait!

                                          1. re: Sam Salmon

                                            After several delays, looks like Beaucoup Bakery is finally opening this weekend (health inspection today pending). I can't wait to try their goodies, the photos of their eclairs (http://seansadventuresinflavortown.co...) look amazing.

                                            I was also reading in the Georgia Straight that Pig on the Street will be opening a brick and mortar shop - Pig & Mortar - at 1529 West 6th Avenue. I haven't been past this space to reconnoiter, but the opening date of mid-Dec. seems maybe a bit optimistic? Mmmm bacon and beer. My diet is definitely in trouble.

                                            http://www.straight.com/article-83783...

                                            1. re: StarryFork

                                              Oh wow - those pictures had my mouth watering! I will definitely have to check this place out next time I'm in Kits.

                                              1. re: geekmom

                                                Form the blog as linked "Bakery’s are awesome".

                                                Well it's just another blog....

                                              2. re: StarryFork

                                                They're taking over a restaurant space so maybe not so optimistic?

                                                1. re: StarryFork

                                                  Beaucoup isn't quite ready to open yet according to a tweet I saw.

                                                  1. re: Anne M

                                                    I slouched by this afternoon-it'll be a few more days if not a week-the kitchen is no where near being ready to legally produce food although I suppose they could flog some off site goods once the dust is cleaned up.

                                            2. re: eatrustic

                                              Just called Choc Arts and the Kafka's decision is not yet final, so fingers crossed. I didn't ask who else was in the running 'cause that seemed weird :-). They will only be open during the day and are just doing snacks to start with, testing the waters as to whether lunch might work later.

                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                Persia Market opened a while back where Tim's was. The veg selection/quality is getting better and the prices are good. Plus they have stuff that other veg stores in the nabe don't which is cool. I noticed today that they are in the midst of installing a bulk food wall unit. Prices looked to be competitive.

                                                Also work has started on the location of the Mex resto that closed recently. They have only installed siding as yet, nothing happening inside (I peeked in). Fingers crossed it will be another eatery...

                                                New-to-me pastry at Baguette and Co: the religieuse. Comes in choc and coffee. I had the choc. Sorta like an eclair on steroids. Lovely pastry filled with not-too-sweet dark choc custard on the bottom, then a mini-pastry on top also filled with the custard. Both pastries decorated with that icing that isn't icing that you get on eclairs, then a flourish of whipped cream and a chocolat chip on the top. Very good. $3.95

                                                No photo because it got a bit squashed in the box on the way home but looks somewhat like these: http://www.gourmandises-guydemarle.co...

                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                  Persia Market is a great place with all sorts of different offerings-just what the 'hood needs.

                                                  Not coincidentally Young Bros has started cleaning their floors more regularly (!)

                                                  That old Mex place (Andale's?) is slated to be----------------wait for it----------------------another Sushi Bar!!!

                                                  That from the butcher next door-I told him he was in the wrong business and he just grunted in a butcher like fashion.

                                                  Tried the veggie burger place-or rather tried to try it but no one was @ the counter or visible in the back when I went in-nor did anyone respond to a shouted Hello!

                                                  No matter-Al Basha to the rescue as always.

                                                  I see a Thai place has opened up on 4th west of McDonald in a store that was Chinese takeout-north side of the street no intel as yet.

                                                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                    If you mean Bangkok Thai, we've had takeaway a couple times and so far it is the best Thai I've had on the west side, which may be damning it with faint praise. It's pretty popular and they do run out of their signature dishes. Very nice customer service on the phone.

                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                      Is Bangok Thai the one on the same block as the new Blaq Sheep Coffee? (Beside the laundromat)? 'Cause that's the one Sam's talking about. (Blaq Sheep is on Bayswater by the way..)

                                                      Tried their Green Curry Chicken dinner special and the Pad Thai. Both nice but not worth traveling too far for.

                                                      Choc Arts Cafe is open with a good sized interior space and a few sidewalk tables. So far it's just sweet things available to go with their chocolates (they're pondering some savoury items) and for now it is Kafka's coffee.

                                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                                        Sorry, it's actually called Bangkok City Cafe and it is on the same block as Blaq Sheep (which I haven't tried yet). I don't think any Thai in the city is worth travelling for :-).

                                                        Good to know about Choc Arts serving Kafka's. Emailing my bro now!

                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                          Have you been to Bob likes Thai yet?

                                                          I think their green curry is consistently one of the best I've had. Their other offerings taste much more authentic than your average Thai restaurant.

                                                          1. re: quddous

                                                            Yeah, liked it a lot at first before he started dumbing down (albeit less than most places) with higher prices and smaller portions. We had a fun Chowdown there before he ameliorated the lighting where he focused on Northern Thai dishes. Wish the regular menu did that.

                                                            While I'm here, Persia Foods on Broadway has an 8 for a dollar special on limes right now. I've been making Viet-style limeade like a mad limeade making thing, perfect for the hot weather. The ones I got also happened to be the largest limes I've seen in Canada, with four yielding more than a cup of juice!

                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                              Kitsilano Wine Cellar is having a pretty big wine sale with a Chardonnay as low as $5.99. I didn't know they had it that um, reasonable in this city.

                                                              Thanks for the info on the limes, Grayelf. Will try to make it down there.

                                                              1. re: repartee1

                                                                New tea shop 'n the hood-this one *very* upscale with many products rarely if ever seen in this city before-if you're a tea lover this place is a must try.

                                                                Well run with lovely staff.

                                                                On 4th just east of D*v*ds but not in any way related (!)

                                                                http://o5tea.com/

                                                              2. re: grayelf

                                                                Limes are at 6 for a dollar at Persia right now, not as gorgeous as the earlier ones but still pretty fine.

                                                                The replacement for Andale's appears to be Japanese per the hot pink hand lettered sign that says ke Maki. Looks like they still have a way to go before opening... but who knows?

                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                  Really nice looking sunchokes at Persia Foods yesterday, $1.99 a pound. I don't recall seeing them in another green grocer on the west side, and certainly not at that price.

                                          2. Opening soon on the 2500 block of W.Broadway (Thomas Haas, Q, Vancouver Olive Oil) in the space occupied forever by a mom and pop corner store will now be called Norton Common which will feature all manner of local edible products along with plants and flowers.
                                            They've stopped guestimating an opening date as they do a reno on the old house that is taking the usual excess amount of time.

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                                            1. re: eatrustic

                                              Nice intel, eatrustic, I've been wondering what was going on there for a while.

                                              Also chuffed to hear about another nice tea place, Sam. I know some SF Hounds who will be even more excited for their next trip :-).

                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                Driving by today it looks like Norton Common has opened up. Wasn't able to stop but hopefully someone can check it out.

                                                1. re: islandgirl

                                                  I'll walk that way to work tomorrow just for you, islandgirl ;-).

                                                  Noticed there are now two tea places in the same block on Fourth. I think Sam mentioned David's but there is also Rare just three storefronts east.

                                                  1. re: islandgirl

                                                    Yes, I went by today. They're still in the baby steps stage as they get up to speed and finish a bit of carpentry. Funny, they've inherited the candy and chip selection, the lottery terminal (and the U Haul franchise from the former owners -who knew?).
                                                    Whether these things continue on or drop away remains to be seen I guess..

                                                    They'll be gearing up for this weekend but I figure it'll be a good week or so until they start to bring in a wider selection of interesting items.

                                                2. Ayoub's Dried Fruit and Nuts is coming to Kits! Spotted their awning (shop window still papered up) somewhere between Cypress and Yew on the South side of the street.

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                                                  1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                    Oh Be Still My Beating Heart!

                                                    Was this 4th Ave or Broadway?

                                                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                      Whoops - 4th Ave. I'll be passing by later this morning and will give the the specific address.
                                                      I was too busy leaping around with joy to note the block :-)

                                                      1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                        It's on the 2000-block, between Maple and Cypress (same block as Bimini's)

                                                        1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                          Let's hope they can do the volume as the rent in that area must be over $10,000 a month.
                                                          Really nice to see something besides a phone or clothing store going in.

                                                          1. re: eatrustic

                                                            Bucking a trend Blenz @ Bayswater & Broadway is gone-a sign directs people to their location @ 4th & Alma.

                                                            Agree that Ayoub's will have a tough time on an overpriced street-OTOH the Denman St store has lots of traffic but most people look to be buying very little.

                                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                              Huh, that Blenz always seemed busy, go figure. I'll spend some cash at the new Ayoub's for sure, agree that it seemed like mostly looky-loos at the Denman spot the couple of times I've been in.

                                                        1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                          from straight.com

                                                          "Some Kitsilano coffee addicts are going to have to adjust their routines.

                                                          Known for its roomy patio and for stocking cinnamon buns, Kits Coffee Co. (2198 West 4th Avenue) is no more. A sign on the door of the café says it has closed down after 17 "great" years in business, but doesn't state a reason."

                                                            1. re: amelieducroix

                                                              Unsubstantiated reports that this place will become a 49th Parallel / Lucky's.

                                                              1. re: fmed

                                                                Hmm, interesting. The original space just blocks away is so small, maybe they will move it to here?

                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                  Yeah. I think I misinterpreted that "report".

                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                    Sorry, not following here. The unsubstantiated report was that 49th/Lucky's equaled Kits Coffee.
                                                                    The suggestion (as far as I understood) meant that 49th (on the same block as Kits coffee) would morph over to that location, more than likely giving up their old space. All rumor and conjecture at this point of course -ain't it fun?.

                                                                    Not sure about the blocks away part.

                                                                    1. re: eatrustic

                                                                      This is the particular forum post (not here, somewhere else):
                                                                      "Kits coffee = 49th Parallel/Lucky doughnuts. " from FishGuy.

                                                                      Not sure now how to interpret it.

                                                                      1. re: fmed

                                                                        A trusted sourced just said that it she is "90% sure" that the old Kits Coffee location will be a 49th/ Lucky.

                                                          1. Benkei on W. Broadway has called it a day.

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                                                            1. re: eatrustic

                                                              I'm surprised Sanpachi across the street has held on so long I guess that other stores in Japan are picking up the slack.

                                                              1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                Benkei is being rapidly replaced by a self proclaimed 'Taiwanese Fusion' place.

                                                                Hours @ The Galley/Jericho Sailing Centre have been reduced to reflect the seasons but the kitchen continues to excel -had an outstanding Salmon burger there yesterday perfectly charred and still juicy inside certainly the Best I've can ever remember.

                                                                http://www.thegalley.ca/

                                                                In other news Dates are the New Black in Kitsilano-Persian Market can't keep Dates from the Iranian city of Bam in stock they are flying out the door @ unprecedented rate-residents pine and squirm while awaiting the coming of Ayoub's on 4th Ave.

                                                                http://ayoubs.ca/

                                                                1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                  "-had an outstanding Salmon burger there yesterday perfectly charred and still juicy inside certainly the Best I've can ever remember."

                                                                  Was that a piece of filet or chopped-up salmon with seasonings? I can't decide whether both are actually "real" burgers, same with chicken....

                                                                  1. re: eatrustic

                                                                    Filet/chunk/slab-I don't eat ground Salmon.

                                                                  2. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                    Oh if only Taiwanese fusion means good (or even decent) bubble tea I will be ecstatic.

                                                              2. Note on window of empty space advertising "Vinoteca" wine bar and tapas, etc opening "This Fall" on the southside of West Broadway between Waterloo and Collingwood (near/next to Cocoa and Olive IIRC)

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                                                                1. re: islandgirl

                                                                  Vinoteca opened last month and we finally made it in a week or so ago. We just had a drink at one of the little sidewalk tables out front but the dinner menu, while compact, looked interesting and the food we saw looked yummy. The wine list (all from BC I believe) includes about 10 reds and 6 whites by the glass (on tap) and they apparently do flight tastings but that was only advertised on a chalkboard at the back of the room so I didn't see it until we were leaving. They also have several great beers on tap. They're also doing coffee and pastries for the morning crowd and a nice selection of paninis, soup and salad for lunchtime.
                                                                  Definately a place to patronize and I hope they stick around.

                                                                  http://www.vinotecacaffe.com/

                                                                  1. re: islandgirl

                                                                    Thanks for the update -- I haven't been over that way since the Coco et Olive, Pirate Joe's and Transylvanian Baker moved/closed.

                                                                  2. re: islandgirl

                                                                    I stopped in here for a quick sip last night. The room is quite nice and the fellow behind the bar very friendly. There's about 10 wines on tap and some good looking craft beer. I tried a few wines and enjoyed them all. They will also pour you a little taster to see if you like the wine which is great.

                                                                    I ordered a small charcuterie plate. It was quite big for the price. 3 meats and 3 cheeses - very tasty.

                                                                    I was told they have live jazz on Wednesday nights from 7-10pm. Definitely worth checking out I'd say.

                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                  3. I know where I'm going for lunch: ButcherBoyz pop up stand in front of Greens Market at 1078 West Broadway. Apparently they have three sandos a day. I saw them there a couple weeks (?) ago, made a mental note and promptly forgot but kitsilano.ca's post today reminded me. Lunch only MTWF, closed Thursdays to roast.

                                                                    Anyone know what's up with Mistral Bistro? Windows are papered over....

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                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                      Mia Stainsby wrote about the Mistral closing. Apparently the chef/owner (can't remember his name right now) was in a serious bicycling accident some time ago, never fully recovered and the physical demands of the job were just too much.

                                                                      1. re: Anne M

                                                                        Poor sod. I hope he can get back to it at some point, if not at Mistral then elsewhere. Thanks for the 411.

                                                                      2. re: grayelf

                                                                        ButcherBoyz is putting out a pretty phenomenal pastrami sando for $8.50 plus tax per my sample of it today, complete with their own excellent rye bread. They also had a chicken and pork meatball sandwich and a pulled pork offering. I may have to head over there again on Friday -- apparently they roast a whole pig!

                                                                        1. re: eatrustic

                                                                          Excellent! I've been watching like a hawk every time I drive past (while, naturally, paying very close attention to the road). Can't wait to check it out.

                                                                          1. re: geekmom

                                                                            Perhaps stretching the boundaries of Kits a bit but I noticed that Rajio looks near to opening on 10th just west of Alma. Had a funky subtitle that I interpreted to mean izakaya of some stripe. Wait a sec... thank you Internet! http://thefoodqueen.com/2012/11/15/ne... Apparently it's the latest from the Kingyo/Suika folks and is opening tonight.

                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                              Cool, looking forward to trying it. That's "Radio" in Japanese -- odd name!

                                                                              Some interior pics here, including a menu (you can click to enlarge):
                                                                              http://ameblo.jp/kingyo871/entry-1140...

                                                                              1. re: queueueuq

                                                                                Crispy local Kinki Fish!

                                                                                I am so there!!

                                                                              2. re: grayelf

                                                                                Oooh! I'm very excited about this. Thanks for the heads up!
                                                                                When are we going to TOFTT? ;)

                                                                          2. Any word on what happened to Laurent and Valerie of Bistrot Bistro?

                                                                            1. Someone in another thread mentioned a second Pirate Joe's opening at 4th and Vine but it's the old location that's moved there. The Broadway store is now shut.

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                                                                              1. re: queueueuq

                                                                                I noticed that it was shut when I drove by today. I mentioned the new store on another thread after I was in the Broadway store over a week ago. The fellow working at the Broadway store wasn't too sure if it would be staying open or not when he told me about the new store on West 4th.

                                                                                1. re: Chomp

                                                                                  The sign on their old door says that location was too "out of sight, out of mind." Hopefully, they can handle the (what I assume will be) higher rent!

                                                                              2. Driving along West 4th today I noticed that The Flying Tiger is no more. It has been replaced by Left Coast Bar and Bistro.

                                                                                Also, just looking at the original post from spring 2011, has anyone tried Novo Pizzeria recently? Worth checking out? Yelp! reviews seem decent.

                                                                                1. has anyone tried pig & mortar? slightly outside kits (fairview slopes maybe?) but still within walking distance of home ...

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                                                                                  1. re: figgycrave

                                                                                    Tried a couple of samples from Beaucoup Bakery at the Holiday Market today. Very, very rich and delicious. Fingers crossed for opening next week...

                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                      Beaucoup Bakery has finally gotten the go ahead and has been open for the last three days. Good for them that they managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of Christmas business!

                                                                                      Very cute space but I can see some congestion issues at the front counter when they're busy. Oh well, makes it all the cozier.

                                                                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                        Yes! We finally visited Beaucoup Bakery today, I agree that there are potential congestion issues in the entry. The staff mentioned that they are going to try to roll out the sandwiches sometime next week or soon thereafter.

                                                                                        But on to the important stuff - the baking! The croissants were super, really buttery and great texture. Enjoyed both the cheese and pine nut praline very much.

                                                                                        The blondie and the brownie were a bit of a let-down. The taste was spot-on, but the texture was a bit soft, and the sugar in both seemed grainy, like it hadn't been creamed with the butter properly.

                                                                                        But the caramel eclair was outstanding, I had to share but I could have eaten several all by myself. Yummy pastry cream and delectable crackly topping. I can't wait to try some of their other offerings.

                                                                                        1. re: StarryFork

                                                                                          OK I think it's time for me to go there. Tomorrow. Last-min shopping will need some replenishing of calories !

                                                                                            1. re: StarryFork

                                                                                              The praline and pine nut croissant was amazing - though incredibly decadent.

                                                                                              1. re: quddous

                                                                                                Ditto for their Peanut Butter sandwich cookie. It's their version of the one made famous by Dahlia Bakery in Seattle and is just as big and over the top rich!
                                                                                                Absolutely the best peanut butter cookie you ever had but it needs to be half the size.

                                                                                      2. Nosh coming on West Broadway (near MacDonald).

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                                                                                        1. re: figgycrave

                                                                                          Slouched into the new African Breese store on W 4th today-they have an operation in North Van-principally South African food products.

                                                                                          Only been open about 3 weeks-all kinds of stuff rarely seen here-certainly worth a look.

                                                                                          3653 W 4th Ave 604-620-5435

                                                                                        2. I keep forgetting to post that Le Tigre (one of the few food carts I've tried that I really liked) sets up shop Friday lunch at 10th and Granville. I was planning on going tomorrow anyway and then I saw this deal, so it's a no brainer, though I'm probably going to have trouble spending $20 as their portions are quite ample: http://onespout.com/deal/view/1177893...

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                                                                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                              Thought I'd wait for you to weigh in on this one as I didn't want to raise any alarms. They've been closed for a bit. Wondering what they plan in the way of renos......

                                                                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                I hadn't noticed anything untoward just slouched by for takeout after work and saw the sign.

                                                                                                Certainly the work area for the pizza maker could use improvement and that could also change a number of things around the bar.

                                                                                          1. Pig and Mortar is closed temporarily per a handwritten sign on the door that says to check the website for updates. I couldn't find a website for Pig and Mortar and there's no info re the closure on the Pig on the Street site.

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                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                              I noticed that the other day as well. Had no idea they were there at all. The craft beer thing looks to be a bit of an exageration with only two taps that I can see.

                                                                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                I knew they were there, just hadn't been motivated to try based on my experience with the cart. Then I read they had Scotch eggs and thought I'd go for an afternoon snack but alas no. Didn't check out the tap options, obvi.

                                                                                                Also had a look in Lusso Verde, a newish high end Italianesque store on 8th near Granville. Quite a nice space but didn't feel like a grocery store, more like a boutique. The strong perfume-y smell was a bit odd for a mostly food place, and the cold room is not very inviting, though I can understand why they segregate the cheese and charcuterie from the scents. There is also a florist in there which is unexpected.

                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                  Yeah I walked by there quickly and caught a 5-sec glimpse of the store, then later wondered what kind of a store it was, perhaps an extension of Restoration Hardware, LOL.

                                                                                              2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                Yeah their website indicates that they won't be reopening at the same location. I heard rumours that there was some disagreement with the landlords.

                                                                                                1. re: farman

                                                                                                  I spoke to the POTS dude at the farmers market a couple weeks ago and he confirmed that. Huge drag for them.

                                                                                              3. Has anyone tried Malay Bistro, the resto that replaced Wimaan? I noticed it again today and wondered... bit worried about the word "bistro" there...

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                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                  There's been some blog reviews of them, and they appear generally ok, keeping in mind their intent, genre and audience. Without going there, I sort of lump them in the same category as Indochine and the likes, but that may be unfair generalizing.

                                                                                                  Somehow I've not been able to pull myself to go there, when Banana Leaf, Tropika, City One are all so close to Malay Bistro.

                                                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                    Cafe D'Lite on West Broadway has morphed into Mamalee as of Feb 1 (appears to be the same crew rebranding??). Also "coming soon" across the street: The Colony Bar and The Real Turk Donair House. The former looks kinda chainy, whereas I am holding out (faint) hope that the latter might have some proper Turkish fare.

                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                      from kitsilano.ca

                                                                                                      "Located in Kitsilano, the classic-style bar with laid-back charm, opens with the commitment to give Kits locals a true neighbourhood spot to call their own.

                                                                                                      Bill Keriasotis, co-owner of Colony shares, “The vision for Colony is a welcoming, carefree place to kick back and relax with friends any day of the week; hear some good music, eat some good food and maybe take in a game.”

                                                                                                      “We’ve held this locale within my family for years as the old billiards hall – I grew up here with family and friends. So with the transformation into Colony, it’s a dream come true to make this my own with those same sentiments rooted at the core”, he adds.

                                                                                                      The 100-seat watering hole will offer a stocked bar, along with ten beers on rotating taps, $4 dollar daily beers, a full menu with $10-dollar lunch items from Monday to Friday, and DJs spinning on Friday and Saturday nights.

                                                                                                      Additionally, sun-loving Kits locals will be happy to know Colony will open a patio in the Spring, with sliding garage doors to welcome the warmer weather."

                                                                                                      1. re: amelieducroix

                                                                                                        Thanks for the additional intel. So glad to know it's still "all in the family." We could use a proper local in our hood.

                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                          Spoke to the guy from Pig on the Street and Pig and Mortar is no more. There was some sort of dispute with the landlord and they've had to close, despite encouraging opening business.

                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                            Too bad. That is becoming a cursed location although being in a few doors from a main street (Like Lusso Verde two block up) is always going to be a challenge in this city.
                                                                                                            At least you can see The Whip from Main.

                                                                                                        2. re: amelieducroix

                                                                                                          The Keriasotis family has long been in the nightclub business- they owned Luv Affair back in the day, Richards on Richards (I believe) and the Caprice, among others. Hopefully this place will attract a different crowd from their downtown spots...

                                                                                                          1. re: meghany

                                                                                                            Whoops! Didn't see this post. Then that answers my question below.

                                                                                                          2. re: amelieducroix

                                                                                                            Is this Bill Keriasotis of the Luv-a-Fair Keriasotis'?

                                                                                                          3. re: grayelf

                                                                                                            The Real Turk opened this weekend. We just drove by and it looked busy. Haven't been inside yet to check it out but hopefully will report back later this week.

                                                                                                        3. re: grayelf

                                                                                                          Some pics of Kaya Malay Bistro from last summer:

                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...

                                                                                                          I've been a couple more times since. I love their whole wheat roti. I'd go back just for that. In general, their food is less greasy than Penang Delight. Authenticity could be argued over (eg. their beef rendang) but the flavours are good.

                                                                                                          The owner runs/ran Tamarind Hill in New West and North Van.

                                                                                                          1. re: flowbee

                                                                                                            Friends of ours in New West are big fans of Tamarind Hill ..... it's well-liked in that community :-)

                                                                                                        4. Rumor mill: Yuji returns, this time to 4th and Alma.

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                                                                                                          1. re: clutterer

                                                                                                            kitsilano.ca reporting that there is to be another outpost of Nook in the space next to Nimby burger. I never made it to the original Denman location but will surely check this one out. Yay to more "proper" pizza on the westside! (My one visit to Novo recently made me very happy, looking forward to a second lunch there in a couple of weeks, outstanding kalamari too)

                                                                                                            1. re: clutterer

                                                                                                              long awaited return of the talented Chef Otsuka!!!

                                                                                                              1. re: clutterer

                                                                                                                http://www.yujis.ca/

                                                                                                                Now more than a rumour, reality -- Yuji is back, in the old La Ghianda space.

                                                                                                              2. The Bibo is back open for business as per their promise they were open Feb 14 & packin' em in.

                                                                                                                1. I keep meaning to post that I had the best kalamari I've ever tasted at Novo. Heading back there this week and will see if it is as good the second time. Solid pizza here too. Cocktails a bit weak.

                                                                                                                  1. tractor - a new soup, salad, sandwich shop opening at 4th and cypress. i sure hope it's decent. quick and healthy food is difficult to come by on 4th.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: figgycrave

                                                                                                                      They have a lot of work to do they're starting with just 4 bare walls-no ventilation or proper wiring at all-however last week large chunks of concrete being hauled out of the back door so work is underway.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                        Moii the crepe place on Broadway near Bayswater is papered over and will be reopening as a Belgian waffle joint.

                                                                                                                        I've been wondering what Tractor was and now I know: http://www.kitsilano.ca/2013/02/22/so...

                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                          Not a "Kits happening" per se, but there's a Moii now near Broadway & Cambie -- looks like the same folks, in case any one is missing their crepes.

                                                                                                                          1. re: À la carte

                                                                                                                            It's where City Cafe used to be, an honest if rather sad operation that's been there for a long time. Funny, as I drove up Cambie today I looked over at their signage with intent (always thought it said "Moli Cafe") and thought to myself I ought to drop in one of these days.

                                                                                                                            They do need to finish up their website, 'tho ..... amusing menu items and descriptions if you click on each one ;-)

                                                                                                                            http://www.moiicafe.com/category/kits...

                                                                                                                            1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                              The website is emblematic of the entire 'organisation'- I wouldn't be surprised if it were some kind of front for nefarious activities.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                I dunno, I just thought it was emblematic of the vibe they were going for, at least at the Kits location where the hours sign said something like "whenever we feel like it." Maybe not the ideal business model but I always got a chuckle out of it. I also got the impression that the same owners would be involved in the new waffle venture. Will have to inquire when it opens. Wouldn't mind another breaky option within walking distance...

                                                                                                                                Speaking of which, Harvest Deli on Broadway near Bayswater continues to impress with consistent breakfast offerings and topnotch sandwiches. They have the Highlander on the specials menu right now, which is 2 perfectly over easy eggs on sourdough with cheddar, romaine, red onions, tomatoes, black forest ham and dijon for $9.25. Best sandwich yet (and I've never had one I didn't love). Really a perfect combination. I'd love to know how he gets the eggs to cook just right, even kind of flattened out for ideal sandwiching. Sigh. Now I want another.

                                                                                                                          2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                            Anyone remember the waffle joint that went broke in the same place before the crepe place opened up?

                                                                                                                            What are these people on anyway?

                                                                                                                      2. Noticed Hells Kitchen on 4th is closed and the space is for lease.

                                                                                                                        1. golden aura to open on broadway east of macdonald.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: figgycrave

                                                                                                                            Is it going in where the short-lived Yaletown Brownies was? I was hoping for another eatery but I see now I should have been more specific ;-).

                                                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                              Big News for Kitsilano area Taco fans-none other than La Taqueria is opening a real Taco Truck this summer and hoping to park in near Kits Beach-details to be determined but I have this from the caballo's mouth as it were.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                :-D

                                                                                                                                Just to think I worked at Kits Beach concession stand (where The Boathouse is now) selling F&C for a couple of summers at ~ $2.50/hr ..... 30 some odd years ago. Two-piece cod & chips was around $3.25 :-)

                                                                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                  Murchie's Tea (tea only) opened last week on Broadway just west of Granville.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                    Saw that too. I did a double-take as I was walking to Oscar Books. Used to be a hair salon IIRC.

                                                                                                                              2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                yes, I believe golden aura is in the old yaletown brownies location.

                                                                                                                            2. As mentioned over on Scout. La Ghianda will be closing due to the success of big brothers La Quercia, La Pentola in Yaletown and L'Officio their wine bar beside La Quercia.

                                                                                                                              Spread too thinly sad to say. It was a good local option for a quick afternoon lunch bite or take away. There is hope for something of quality to replace it though as they do have a liquor license.

                                                                                                                              1. left coast (a bar where flying tiger once was) is closed. dropped by the other night for a pint and was surprised to see it had closed.

                                                                                                                                1. peaceful restaurant is opening a new location at 4th and balsam.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: figgycrave

                                                                                                                                    Interesting, as I was told they have another location at 43 Ontario as well that I didn't know about.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                      That one JUST opened about a week and a half ago

                                                                                                                                      1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                        Nice to see your avatar again, starlady! We tried to go to the original on Broadway this past Saturday but there was a one hour wait at 6:15. Ended up at the other noodle place down the street which was so-so for my first visit in their relocated digs.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                          Sad to see a for lease sign in the window of the Za place on Broadway near MacDonald. They never made it back after the fire...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                            Yes the place had promise and the crew running it were sincere capable folks.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                        I stumbled across that one (5th and Quebec) last weekend! Seems they're popping up everywhere!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                            The other side of this story is the downsizing of the Benkei chain.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                              Honest Butcher is gone, soon to be replaced by Broadway Meats.

                                                                                                                                    2. 49th has made the transition up the street to it's new Lucky's location. From the crowds inside already it looks like money well spent on the serious reno.

                                                                                                                                      Tractor -farther down 4th toward Burrard looks almost ready to open. Peeking in yesterday I was expecting to see a mellow, T-shirt, apron and jeans kind of place but there was a whole brigade of chef coated cooks training and pumping out food to try....it'll be interesting to see what it's really like.

                                                                                                                                      And on another note: once again there are a scary number of businesses along 4th that have for lease signs in the windows. Way too much rent for the area...

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                        The # of for lease signs is worrying. Even the recessions of the '90s didn't see Kits (or most other 'hoods in Metro Van) experience such constant churning over of new and old businesses.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                          Agreed, it's quite disturbing.

                                                                                                                                          Also note that Tang's Noodle House looks close to reopening (sign says 11 am Sat) after a more than lipstick reno and repositioning as a "bistro."

                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                            The recent street closures for road/sewer work have hit 4th Ave businesses Hard and the vaunted celebratory 'Re-opening Weekend' just passed did little to bring shoppers back into the hood-not surprising since roads &sidewalks are still under repair.

                                                                                                                                            Barring a miracle there are a couple places I expect won't make it through the summer.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                              do you think the road work is to blame rather than a weakening economy? or just badly run businesses?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: 1newyorkguy

                                                                                                                                                It's the usual mix of all of the above. The roadwork was a pain but not the level of Cambie Sktyrain construction pain.

                                                                                                                                                Most of the places are clothing boutiques that have been there for quite a while so I suspect that rent increases are a big factor along with the economy.
                                                                                                                                                Much as I'd like to see food based businesses replace these guys it's not likely. The old 49th Parallel spot is going to be an optical store.
                                                                                                                                                The only benefit to those smaller cell phone providers throwing in the towel and getting bought out is we won't likely see more phone stores grabbing those spaces!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to digress, but the *more* separate cell service providers we have in this country, the better the competition and less oligopolistic pricing that gauges the consumers.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                    Which is why I said "The only benefit....." (is that there will be fewer stores blighting 4th. ;)
                                                                                                                                                    Very aware of the competition scenario.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                              Chronic Tacos on Broadway @ Cambie is "re-opening" in June. But I'm hoping not ;-)

                                                                                                                                              That block between Cambie and Yukon has been disappointing since around the time Canada Line opened. Rasputin closed (replaced by a string of meh sushi and now pho restos).
                                                                                                                                              Kalamata moved away (not that they were doing a great job of attracting diners at their Yukon location) and its space now occupied by California Sushi.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                            I don't think I posted on a recent quick lunch at Tractor. The ordering and paying procedure is confusing enough that they had a greeter at the door to explain it. Still didn't know you were supposed to pay before you sat down. Lots of choices, all looks healthy but not health foody. Prices are decent for this neighbourhood. I had a v. tasty chicken Panini. Many hard surfaces make for a loud room which was a bit of an issue. Staff is lovely.

                                                                                                                                          3. Nook is up and running on Yew and Thai Basil has replaced Khai Thai around the corner on Cornwall.

                                                                                                                                            Local's little burger and fry takeout never opened this year.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                              Is that Thai Basil's new (2nd) location ? Or did they move from Thurlow ?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                Score! It's another outpost of Thai Basil, with the exact same menu. They haven't updated their website yet but I just confirmed by phone with a staffer. Super psyched to be able to get my favourite Thai dish in my hood. Thanks for the update, eatrustic.

                                                                                                                                                Do you mean Nimby Burger? I've been by twice in the last week when it seemed like it should be open and it wasn't.

                                                                                                                                                Prolly old news but Salt on Broadway is now open. Also Tang's is now Tang's Bistro and in the running for strangest market positioning. There is a sign that says welcome vegans right next to a poster touting oysters (!).

                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                  Yep, Nimby Burger -never opened. I can only assume they're so busy working out of the same kitchen as Local that it just fell by the wayside.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                    Tang's Bistro ?!? Hehe, that'll be interesting. Hope that entailed some highly-needed interior mods.

                                                                                                                                                    Edit: obviously I spoke too soon ..... quite the transformation:

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/14/1757...

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                    Yes it's them-just arr'd back from lunch-delicious food in a much larger space (everything being relative still doesn't seat 20 ppl).

                                                                                                                                                2. The August Jack has had a soft opening since last weekend. Named after August Jack Khatsahlano it's in the old Room 18 space.
                                                                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/TheAugustJack
                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_J...

                                                                                                                                                  I popped in after the Khatsahlano fest. About half their taps were set up with a small but well picked assortment of craft beers (I hear a big bottle selection will be on offer), and a few tapas-ey items and oysters. One of my fave IPAs (Alameda) was on tap so I had that and some tasty wild mushroom toast. Vibe was packed and loud on the fest day (between that and my deaf ears after standing too close to speakers for Pack AD's set, I couldn't hear a thing). Friendly service.

                                                                                                                                                  Their opening date is set for July 19 and I expect the menu will be broader than what was on offer last weekend. Wines menu looks promising too from what I saw behind the bar.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                                                                                                                    Not the greatest fan of trucks but since La Taqueria has the same menu as the Cambie & Hastings St locations I'm Happy to see them setting up outside Purdy's on 4th.

                                                                                                                                                    Second day for them today-business was steady and the food excellent.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                      Xoxolat the choc store at Burrard and 8th is moving to Drake and Homer in Yaletown. All their imported chocolate is 30-50% off...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                        Q Go Ramen Q gone. Couldn't read sign re replacement. Chasing Dragon also kaput on the same block on Broadway.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                          Chasing Dragon sure picked an unfortunate name.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                                                                                                                            Guess they didn't chase down 'nuf customers !

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                                                                                                                              Yes -- I thought the concept seemed good from what I saw of it, but execution (name, choice of location) seemed to be poor. Never got a chance to try it out.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sobbuh

                                                                                                                                                                Neverland tea shop opening mid Sept where Uprising was briefly on Broadway. It looks fancy inside, and they will be having high teas. Could be a good place with small girlies -- the owner mentioned they will be having a tickle trunk for dressup!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                  The Bibo has opened up part of one wall as a deli/grocery offering both homemade & imported goods from Italy-the rice in particular looks interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                  http://thebibo.com/grocery-list/

                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.risodinori.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                                    The Nu on Broadway near Granville has paper in the windows. That spot has really high turnover.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                      It's going to be Boca, Latin-inspired takeaway food, per the signs in the windows, to open "early October."

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                        I've been to Boca now a couple of times, and I've been really pleased with all of the food there. My favourite is the pork sandwich, which is along the same lines as a cuban sandwich, really tasty. The quinoa salad is also fresh and tasty, as well as the salsa fresca, and the empanadas are just... mmmmmmmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                        It's definitely not the cheapest thing on the block, but I feel that it's well worth the price for the quality and freshness.

                                                                                                                                                                        They are also open until 7 pm weeknights, which is super if you live in the area and sometimes want to pick up a sandwich for dinner, rather than cook.

                                                                                                                                                                        The staff has been universally nice, welcoming and happy to explain the various items on the menu. It also looks like they are regularly bringing out fresh food from the back, where it is being prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                        They carry Mexican coke too, if that's a draw for you!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: StarryFork

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the detailed report, starry. I will deffo check it out the next time I forget my lunch :-).

                                                                                                                                                    2. Neverland Tea House on W Broadway must be open they were scrambling around Sat AM before 08:00 hrs-both inside & outside.

                                                                                                                                                      http://neverlandtea.com/

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, it was open when I walked by late last week but maybe only softly.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                          Sen Bistro is shuttered, with a for lease sign in the window. I liked their food but it suffered from the $2 syndrome, at least for lunch -- the specials were $2 too much.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                            GE are you trying to sneak Fairview restaurants into Kits ? Last time I checked, Burrard up to 16 Ave was the delineation

                                                                                                                                                            :-) :-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                              Sen is basically at Burrard and Broadway, so I say Kits. Actually, I say Kits up to Granville and Broadway. So there
                                                                                                                                                              ;-).

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                BTW Lin's is now open 7 days a week, so no more Tuesdays "oopses"!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                  Prolly need the extra revenue to pay off the expenses from the closure of Sen.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                          Grabbed a cuppa to go @ Neverland today and it was a mighty fine cuppa indeed.

                                                                                                                                                          This place is set up right-bright friendly knowledgeable Staff all kinds of tea & food options-someone put A Lot of thought and not a little money into it and it shows.

                                                                                                                                                        3. Ice cream!
                                                                                                                                                          Newly opened on 1900 block (s. side of street):
                                                                                                                                                          Rain or Shine ice cream shop. Will investigate when my teeth aren't chattering from the cold..it looks mighty promising
                                                                                                                                                          http://scoutmagazine.ca/2013/11/13/di...

                                                                                                                                                          http://rainorshineicecream.com/

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                                                                                                                            Café Sen site on Broadway nr Burrard has been leased. I'm thinking it will be a resto again but we'll see.

                                                                                                                                                            Had a sandwich from Boca on Broadway nr Granville. High hopes were dashed when the filling was bland and fatty and the bread was more like a long, white hamburger bun than anything else. Also nearly a tenner with tax in.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kinnickinnik

                                                                                                                                                              Happy to report their ice cream is excellent! Rich and smooth and flavourful - interesting flavours (though SO forgot what they had by the time he got home)

                                                                                                                                                              SO brought home a Brassneck porter ice cream (perfect for a beer-dinner dessert). I'd recalled seeing a stout ice cream on their sign so sent SO in search of it. The Brassneck was one of two beer-based ice creams (other was a porter as well).

                                                                                                                                                            2. The venerable Wings Chinese on 4th is gone with a sign in the window for "Spoon" kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                              Just a few doors down from the surprisingly busy Tractor.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, second visit to Tractor was really not salutary. Lame salad and soup. Best to stick to sandwiches I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                  Yak & Yeti open in the old Flying Tiger (and many others before it) space. See discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8938...

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                                  It was actually called 'Wins'.

                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway the all new Spoon Kitchen is Now Open checked out the menu something of a SE Asian slant to the food-time will tell.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                                    So Spoon is now open and a take away menu passed in the neighbourhood shows a combo of Thai and Malaysian cuisines....

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: eatrustic

                                                                                                                                                                      Only been once but the food was excellent & service stellar.

                                                                                                                                                                      It's fine line between greasy & flaky with Roti and I think they've found it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                                        Not much elsewhere on line but mention of nasi goreng and beef rending here http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/179464... indicate some Indonesian involved too. Worth a look!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. If you're heading down W Broadway and see a large sign on front of Neverland Tea don't worry the building isn't coming down.

                                                                                                                                                                    They're applying for a liquor licence and by law must have huge sign announcing their intentions displayed in front-a sign which unfortunately resembles the type used to denote redevelopment.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                                      Little Sheep hotpot coming in near Broadway and Burrard.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                            Ooohhhhh....I've taken to buying the pre-packaged hot pot soup mixes from them at T&T and really quite enjoy them (although it was way too hot here still last weekend when I whipped it out), can not wait to actually try their store front. Alas, I'm guessing not opening before the new year?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bdachow

                                                                                                                                                                              It looked pretty ready (and should be, as the hot pot flues are already there from previous incarnations) but who knows? I'll keep an eye on it... or drop me a line...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                Good strategic location for Little Sheep. AFAIK, Landmark (Cambie) and Grand Honour (Granville) are the two sole hotpot restos on Vancouver's west side.

                                                                                                                                                                                Keep us posted, GE, as you got your eyes out on that area :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bdachow

                                                                                                                                                                                    Walked by today and there is a sign in Chinese on the door -- the only characters I recognized were a 778 number so I called it. The fellow said it would be another month -- sorry to get your hopes up :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the recon intel, GE.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe in time for Chinese New Year ...... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                        Alas....back to the packaged stuff. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bdachow

                                                                                                                                                                                          What packaged HP stuff do you buy, and where ?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                                                            Am buying the Little Sheep packs from T&T. They have2 kinds, the spicy one and a regular herbal/plain one. Love the spicy one as do many of my friends down here, we moderate it a bit by not dumping the entire contents of the oil packet. Lol. Otherwise, pretty tasty. The plain was interesting, i may stick to a plain miso one next time though, the herbs in it remind me too much of my mom's herbal soups as a kid which took me hours to swallow.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                                            Finally tried Neverland today -- v. good quinoa salad though a bit heavy handed with the dried crans. Lovely tea (duh) and scones with cream and jam. Also four nice beers on offer. Will be back.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                              PS they have a choc mint rooibos that really hit the spot for the five year old with us.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Al Basha appears to be opening a new store on Cornwall on the strip where Vera's is-the space most recently occupied by the worst excuse for Mexican food in creation is being resurrected and Let Us Thank Our Lucky Stars.

                                                                                                                                                                            I see even more Falafel in my future.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sam Salmon

                                                                                                                                                                              I was in Vera's Burger Shack the other day and I noticed that they are now selling tacos out of that store. I like their burgers but have never tried their tacos. I take it I'm not missing much then?

                                                                                                                                                                            2. The old Death by Chocolate space at Broadway and Fir has finally been leased! No idea what's going in there though. Brown paper on all the windows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks like it will be a Belgian cafe. I predict waffles and fancy coffees - I'm hoping for frites too but I doubt I'll get that lucky...

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: StarryFork

                                                                                                                                                                                    Edge of Kits, but there is a bubble tea house going in to the former Soleil Café spot on Broadway just west of Burrard. Dangerously close to work if it's any good :-).