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.