Acclaimed Vancouver burger joint quietly closes down on Main Street

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Splitz Grill opened on Main Street in January 2008. They recently closed down after over 11 years in business. SPLITZ GRILL – VANCOUVER/Facebook

Hailed by many during its 10+ years on Main Street as having one of the best burgers in Vancouver, Splitz Grill recently split entirely, and is already in the midst of being replaced by new owners.

Launched in 1997 in Whistler, Splitz Grill began as a tiny burger joint that first expanded in the ski resort town before venturing down the hill for a second location in Vancouver, which opened in 2008.

In September, Splitz Grill’s 4242 Main St. location shuttered quietly, with no online declaration or information posted for their many fans. The paper went up on the windows, and according to the Instagram account @4242mainstreet, the new tenants have been hard at work over the last four weeks or so making renovations to the space.

Rumour has it the plan is for a pizza spot and bar, though no details have been officially released, and the new occupants have also not nailed down a name – or if they have, they aren’t sharing.

Splitz was beloved for their burgers – both the beef and veggie versions – as well as their shakes and sides, like onion rings and fries. They were also known for their super-affordable lunch deals, too.

The Whistler Splitz Grill remains open for business. We’ll update if any info about Splitz Grill’s Vancouver closure becomes available, and when further details are known about the forthcoming venture at 4242 Main St.

 

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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