After a lengthy delay, a new casual restaurant is gearing up to open its doors in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant.
While The Pleasant remained standing - unlike neighbours like Frenchie's Diner among others - its "building sustained a lot of water damage throughout," and the roof needed to be replaced, the restaurant operator shared in the aftermath of the blaze.
The team behind the fun-focused concept, which occupies the former Guys & Dolls billiards hall, persevered and is now almost ready to welcome guests.
The Pleasant is described by operators as a "counter-service eatery" that "will offer casual Asian and Canadian comfort foods to pair with a large selection of local craft beers," according to a hiring listing. The venue will boast a "fun, spacious, attractive and relaxed main dining room" and "a private room for up to 50 guests."
The spirit of Guys & Dolls will live on; The Pleasant will have a pool table for customers in its main dining area.
An exact opening day hasn't been set (The Pleasant leaves it as "opening soon,") and the Instagram account for the venture @thepleasantyvr has long been home only to just two posts from October 2020 about the fire.
The Pleasant is among a few operations in the final stages before launching in the neighbourhood; the former Wallflower Diner is turning into a second concept for East Van's Wild Thing wine and snack bar, while across the street at 2415 Main, the basketball-themed Courtside is nearing completion.