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Dec 30, 2013 11:10 AM

So really what's the problem?

Yes restaurants come and go but really? All anyone reads here is how another 'hipster' style restaurant has gone 'TU' and about another 'new' hipster' restaurant is the latest greatest place to eat in BC.
Apart from being frankly boring someone someday ought to say "the king has no clothes'. But the 'restaurant culture' of folks who make a living either helping open or close restaurants don't want anyone to think the reason the five restaurants which closed down last week was anything but "bad luck". Bull!
There are a lot of reasons these 2/10 point restaurants don't last but among the top reasons is that 'hipsters' are fast becoming tired of 'pretending' the food they are being served for fifty bucks from a snarky/ironic UBC day student is any better than they can get at any Cactus Club for half that amount.
The 'grazers' are waking up and their wallets are drying up as fast as their jobs and these silly food outlets run by twenty year old managers and supported by the last of the parents savings are folding up.
The King really doesn't have any clothes folks and he doesn't eat at 'The fill in the latest trendiest name. He also isn't dumb enough to leave his invisible 'Michael Kors' jacket there. The joint will be closed by morning.

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  1. What 5 restaurants closed last week?

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      1. re: waylman

        He's having a "good" time somewhere, doing something, is all I can gather ;-)

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Apparently I 'touched a nerve'. More than half of restaurants go out of business in the first three years.
          Maybe you can explain why this fact remains.
          "Hello Mom? Is Dad there? Good. I was wondering if you could loan me enough money to open a restaurant? You remember Garry? He's back in town from Soth America and he's found a great location in 'Kits' to open a Peruvian food and Kimchi little hole-in-the-wall sort of 'Pop-Up' number. Everything is there already from when the 'White Moose On West Broadway' closed last week. We just need to print new menus and repaint the signs. The Chef and his friends will stay on and cook Peruvian and Korean and so will the people at the front. Garry says it will make millions then we can open more in Calgary and Saskatoon. Hello? Hello? Mom? Are you still there?".

          1. re: Puffin3

            LOL, OMG that was funny !

            And I think you're right about that for some of the restos.

            But this one I take as exception, and an endearing one too:


            And I wish the two girls nothing but a big success.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              If they don't get rid of the big hairy dog that's often in residence the fines from the Health Board are going to break them.

              1. re: Sam Salmon

                Ya gotta love that hipster touch, using their iPhone's leveling app in addition to a regular level to measure a wall shelf :-)

      2. Awesome post! But last I checked, The Parker, The Acorn, The Union, The Farmer's Apprentice, etc were still going strong. I had a really great lunch at Burdock & Co. recently...I think that would be classified as a hipster restaurant? Pics & thoughts here:

        But yay for drunken, unhinged, year-end proclamations! Everybody in the pool!

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        1. re: flowbee

          And off with yer clothes !!!

          (just kidding !)

        2. I'll tell what really is the problem ... we need editors around here!

          1. Here's an old gem that's more along the lines of what you're looking for - in biz since 1946, nary a hipster to be found, and a long way from UBC


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            1. re: kinnickinnik

              Trolls still around ?!? Wow.

              Well I can think of a few more non-hipsters joints :-)



              1. re: LotusRapper

                'BiBo' needs to get a better then 58% rating from Urbanspoon if they don't want to join the 50% + restaurant failure rate.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  Lorenzo is a great guy but his partner is a snob and guess which attitude rubs off on the Staff?

                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  Yay! I'm sooo happy to hear it's still there!

                  We lived in West Van in 2001 and we're headed up again in the next couple years. When my son was in middle school at Rock Ridge I used to go to Trolls and have a fried oyster sandwich (YUM!) and watch the ferries come and go then look through the gallery for a quiet afternoon before I headed up the hill to pick him up.

                  I can't tell you how much I look forward to doing that again.