Vancouver’s veteran West Restaurant announces permanent closure

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Coho salmon at West. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

There are changes afoot in the dining scene in South Granville, and we can now add the storied West Restaurant to the list of upcoming closures.

The Toptable Group restaurant announced Wednesday they would be shuttering at the end of December 2019 after a nearly-20-year stand on Granville Street.

West is a veteran in the city’s modern fine dining scene, and can boast having been formative stomping grounds from several talented kitchen and dining room folk who have gone on to great accomplishments in the industry, among them chef and restaurateur David Hawksworth, pastry chef Thierry Busset, and bartender Sabrine Dhaliwal.

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The restaurant says the closure comes as their lease comes to its end. In recent years Toptable has expanded their portfolio in Vancouver with 2018’s high-end Elisa steakhouse in Yaletown, as well as a forthcoming venture in New York City, as well as at least one other upcoming project in Victoria.

Additionally, Toptable notes they are working on a second Thierry Cafe location in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood as well as a new concept for the Five Bentall Centre on Burrard Street.

West Restaurant will close at the end of December 2019. Photo by Mitchell Evely via West Restaurant + Bar/Facebook

West will close out their run by holding a line-up of collaborative alumni dinners, honouring the legacy of menus past.

We’ll be sure to highlight those gatherings in our monthly food events column on V.I.A.

West is located at 2881 Granville St in Vancouver

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom