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New 'premium casual' plant-based restaurant moving into Vancouver's Chinatown

The restaurant is currently under renovation, but they're hoping to kick-off this summer with take-out and delivery
185 Keefer Street in Vancouver, previously home to Juniper, is set to become MILA, a plant-based restaurant. Photo: Google Maps

A new plant-based "premium casual dining concept" is setting up in Vancouver's Chinatown neighbourhood.

Taking over the former Juniper space at 185 Keefer Street, the new restaurant, called MILA, is currently under renovation and is hiring key personnel.

The plan is to launch MILA for take-out and delivery this summer and to open the dining room as soon as current conditions in the province allow, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The location has just over 100 seats, as well as a central bar; MILA intends to offer cocktails and wine through their bar program once they are up and running. 

Juniper debuted in the space in late 2015, showcasing foods from the Cascadia region. During its four-year run, they offered a variety of takes on the gin and tonic, along with other handcrafted cocktails, at their impressive bar. They shuttered quietly as 2019 came to a close.

While details about MILA are scant, we do know the restaurant is a sibling to another plant-based operation in the neighbourhood, Virtuous Pie. VP launched its multi-city mini-chain of casual plant-based pizza-centric restaurants around the corner from 185 Keefer on Main Street. 

According to a job posting for the restaurant, MILA is "based on three core pillars: our conviction in the belief that plant-based dining isn’t a compromising experience, that an approachable and comforting food offering is what Vancouver needs right now, and that the culinary innovation behind Virtuous Pie is ready for a fresh, new take." 

Stay tuned!