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When the Memphis Blues Barbecue Household at 1465 West Broadway closed Sunday (January 19) at 10 p.m., it was for the final time ever.

As of Monday, the doorway of the cafe displays a new handwritten notice. This is tucked among the the list of company hours, stickers for acknowledged credit cards, supported supply solutions and readers’ preference awards—including the Georgia Straight‘s Greatest of Vancouver, for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and the now-defunct Westender’s Greatest of the Metropolis Eating for 2016 and 2017.

The notice, published to 19-several years-really worth of prospects, reads:

“We sincerely Thank You!!!

It’s been a enjoyment to provide you excellent BBQ considering that 2001. With considerably sadness we have been replaced by a Skytrain station. We look forward to serving you kick-ass BBQ at our other spots:

1342 Industrial Dr.
430 Robson St.

‘Ask us what we’ve been smoking cigarettes!’”

The SkyTrain station referred to in the take note is a single for the Broadway subway, which is bundled in the redevelopment options for 1465-1489 West Broadway.

The options, first leaked in July 2019, ended up formally put forward a few months later on, in October, by PCI Developments—owner of both equally homes. PCI’s application for the put together redevelopment (DP-2019-00704) is now awaiting all-but-specific acceptance by the Metropolis of Vancouver.

Redevelopment deletes a preferred minimal cafe row

Lights are on but nobody’s home—1465 West Broadway at 7:24 a.m. Monday.
Stanley Q. Woodvine

Memphis Blues was the very first (and only) cafe tenant in 1465 West Broadway to go public about the demolition clause of its lease being activated on November 1, 2019, when it received a ninety-day eviction notice from the property’s new owner, PCI Developments.

But it was basically the final of the building’s a few tenants to shutter its doorways.

The Breakfast desk at 1461 West Broadway—devoid Monday early morning of both breakfast, or tables.
Stanley Q. Woodvine

The Breakfast Desk, found two doorways west at 1481, closed January twelve, according to a chalk board sign in the window, which provides:

“Relocating to 3014 Granville Road extremely before long.
Thank you for your help the earlier a few several years!”

The Fortune Back garden, found involving the Breakfast Desk and Memphis Blues, closed completely on December 31, 2019.

There is no sign in the window but according to Fortune Garden’s Facebook website page, the restaurant—which has served its Shanghainese and Hong Kong design delicacies at the very same site for thirty several years, beneath a couple unique owners—does not system to open up at a new location…”soon”.

Immediately after the demolition clause a short demolition pause

In accordance to to some degree dependable resources (like a homeless good friend who will eliminate their very long-time sleeping location due to the fact of the redevelopment) the a single-storey building at 1465 West Broadway might be demolished in as minimal as a month’s time.

The levelled-off great deal of 1465 will in all probability then serve as expanded devices staging region for the additional complex demolition of the 4-storey office building at 1489 West Broadway, which, I’m advised, is envisioned to occur in about six months time.

Matcon Demolition Ltd. and PCI Developments utilized for demolition permits for 1465 West Broadway (DB-2019-04994) and 1489 West Broadway (DB-2019-04182) on October 31, 2019, but both equally are nonetheless shown by the Metropolis of Vancouver as beneath critique.