It was sweet while it lasted: Cacao 70's major push to expand from its Montreal HQ into the Vancouver-area continues to dwindle.
The restaurant's initial Vancouver location, in the West End, shuttered in May of this year, and now both their North Vancouver location, situated between the SeaBus terminal and Lonsdale Quay, and their Granville Street in downtown Vancouver location have closed down.
The North Vancouver Cacao 70 launched in October 2017 as the Sweet House concept of the chain, serving up daily brunch, hot chocolate, frappes, soft serve ice cream and their signature dips, Belgian waffles, and Cacao 70’s made-in-Montreal chocolate.
A rep for Cacao 70 confirmed the space at 143 Chadwick Court is set to transform into an outpost of VUA, a Montreal-based Asian fusion sandwich shop that serves banh mi, sushi, and a variety of Asian desserts, drinks, and snacks. Both companies share a Quebec address, so there may be some affiliation there; follow-up calls and emails to their rep were not returned.
Meanwhile, the Granville Street Sweet House location closed down and a location of Trees café is already set to take its place.
Cacao 70 currently operates just two remaining Metro Vancouver locations: and a “Dippery” ice cream shop each in Richmond’s Steveston Village and Vancouver’s Gastown.