Storm Crow Alehouse latest in line of Vancouver restaurant closures

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The Storm Crow Alehouse at 1619 West Broadway will be permanently closing on January 16, 2022. Another Storm Crow location on Commercial Drive closed in 2020, shortly after the start of the pandemic. There’s a Memorabilia Online Auction of props and decorations from the restaurant (open until Jan 14th). After this restaurant closure, the only remaining Storm Crow location will be in Toronto.

A number of restaurants around Vancouver have recently closed or are in the process of closing. These include The Whip Restaurant, Bishop’s, Bao Chau and The Slocan. Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive is for sale. We’ve included photos of these restaurants below.

What are some of the factors behind restaurant closures? How have high property taxes (‘highest and best use’), bureaucratic red tape, and restrictions and public health orders impacted the hospitality industry? Apart from allowing more outdoor patios, could further actions have been taken to help struggling restaurants? What more can be done to help those that are still hanging on? Restaurants are an important part of the community fabric for so many reasons.

The Whip Restaurant at Main and 6th

Bishop’s Restaurant close on West 4th Avenue

Cafe deux soleils is for sale (Commercial Drive)

Slocan restaurant has close and is slated for demolition

Bao Chau Restaurant has closed and is slated for demolition

2 thoughts on “Storm Crow Alehouse latest in line of Vancouver restaurant closures

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for this post. I appreciate your naming and honouring these restaurant closures, and the loss they represent for so many. I also appreciate the questions you pose, about the factors behind the closures.

    Another local restaurant lost during Covid was / is the Dharma Kitchen, at W. Broadway and Alma. It was a well loved restaurant for many years, both in the neighbourhood and as a destination for many. I am sure there are many other restaurants that have been lost, and that may be worth naming, honouring and celebrating.

    With appreciation for your generous and skillful efforts to broaden, deepen and inform the conversation about our dear city of Vancouver.


    Jocelyn Beairsto

  2. Another reason for closures is rent increases, as per Bishop’s.

    I have a particular connection to Bishop’s, it’s in a building I upgraded in the 80s and I got to know John when I helped him move in and start up what has become a Vancouver institution. Very, very sad to see him close.

    On Wed., Jan. 12, 2022, 10:37 a.m. CityHallWatch: Tools to engage

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