After 17 years, The Spot Cafe in Vancouver's West End recently called it quits.
The no frills diner-style restaurant at 805 Denman Street was a neighbourhood staple for nearly two decades, known best for their affordable American-style breakfast plates and sandwiches.
The Spot Cafe wrapped things up for good at the end of October. As their days wound to a close, a handwritten sign in the window urged fans to leave a message of remembrance for the restaurant.
With its close proximity to Stanley Park, many a tourist made their way to The Spot for breakfast before setting out on a day of exploring Vancouver. Locals, too, held a spot in their hearts for this unfussy eatery. Reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor were mixed, however, about the quality of food and service, but for many The Spot remained a sentimental favourite.
In early October, as news of their impending closure spread, The Spot Cafe team heard from many loyal diners: "These last few weeks have been really touching as our regulars past and present have been coming in to say goodbye. We are in our last couple weeks of operation and we retire at the end of the month. Thank you to the neighborhood for all the years of being part of the community. We will dearly miss you all and will be savoring the time we have left."
The owners of the mom-and-pop style restaurant have indicated they are retiring. Any plans for the now-vacant location at the corner of Denman and Robson have not been revealed.
The Spot joins a number of veteran Vancouver restaurants that have recently ended their run, including Jethro's Fine Grub, Ouisi Bistro, and Splitz Grill - just to name a few. Further, more restaurants have announced closures for the end of the year, such as West and Market by Jean-Georges.