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Dec 6, 2012 06:25 PM

Monk McQueens "Retiring" - End of an Era

I just received an email announcing Monk McQueens is closing on December 31 after 26 years.

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  1. wouldn't that be something - just send out an email to all colleauges - i'm done

    truly tho - interesting commentary - part of sad for old vancouver - this does mean, vancouver isn't what is was now. i miss it.

    whatever happened to umberto's?

    just had to say that - maybe the restos still exist and are still worth the dollars - i don't know ... tho not top of mind (glowbal is now?)

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    1. re: Georgia Strait

      Cycled by there this afternoon-had a spin on the now empty deck that's seen so many good times & gorgeous evenings for Vancouverites.

      Even though the email says Dec 31 the place sure looked deserted now-no smell of cooking or anyone around at all.

      1. re: Sam Salmon

        I definitely felt it was the end of an era when The William Tell and The Cannery closed !

        What's next ? ...... Salmon House on The Hill ? Horizons ? La Belle Auberge ? :-(

        If we have to have one "old time" signature resto remaining in the region, let's hope it's Bishop's.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Yes it really is the end of an era. Here's a link to a story about his decision:


              1. re: Anne M

                “A restaurant like mine has a problem and that is it tries to run with me. And it’s a monster I created 32 years ago whereby I wanted to be the best. And I still am,” he says. “But the problem is people today don’t always want the best. They are happy with mediocrity.”

                A strong statement. I agree ! :-)

    2. The Whistler location has been gone for couple years now

      1. do we still have umberto restaurants in the city? that was the go-to brand for the parental units in the 70's for sure

        le napoleon on Hamilton? old purple house - i think it was hamilton st

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        1. re: Georgia Strait

          My Grade 8 French class went on a field trip to Le Napoleon way back when. That was my first taste of French food. Coq au Vin.

          1. re: fmed

            My French 10/11 teacher took ALL his French 12 grads to William Tell's for dinner (he paid). This was the early '80s. Dunno what he was making in those days, but couldn't have been bad. I shoulda taken French 12 but decided to go with Drafting 12.

            I recall The Chef & The Carpenter on lower Robson being the poor man's "Le Gavroche" of the days.

            OK this is going back a ways, but is interesting reading nevertheless:



            1. re: LotusRapper

              fascinating article
              there was the other well-regarded french place - also in an old house - along Alberni owned by Pietrobruno family i think
              above the current white spot on w georgia
              i wonder how all this informed our take on dining in Vanc now (referring to your article link, above) - food history is so interesting
              (and then there was binos! - which i know we've already talked about on this board)