It was a re-opening that happened "against the odds."
Seven years after the beloved Chinatown restaurant Daisy Garden was destroyed by a devastating fire, owners managed to complete an extensive renovation and welcomed customers once again in March 2022.
Now, less than a year after the joyous rebirth, Daisy Garden has closed permanently and the business has been listed for sale.
A V.I.A. reader wrote in this week to note that the cherished longtime family-run spot known for Cantonese classics had a "for sale" sign up.
The Daisy Garden website bears a simple message: "We are closed due to labour shortage. Sorry for any inconvenience."
The restaurant first opened in 1979 and took great pride in "serving the communities in and around Chinatown."
"It was one of the pillars of the community," Vancouver Chinatown Foundation co-founder Carol Lee told Glacier Media in 2021.
Many Vancouverites were fond of Daisy Garden's homey fare, including curry beef brisket on rice, noodle soups, congee and pan-fried noodles, and diners often described their food - and visits to the space - as "nostalgic."
According to the listing for the business, owners spent over $1.2 million on brand-new equipment and furnishings for the restaurant at 142 E Pender St. Further, the realtor indicates the buyer could continue with the Daisy Garden name or opt to launch a new concept in its place.