In a city with robust options for those who seek out plant-based eats, losing a popular go-to for what many consider "vegan junk food" is sad news, indeed.
Beetbox, which opened in October 2019, has just revealed it will close its brick-and-mortar location at the end of this month.
The fully vegan restaurant known for its casual treat-yourself eats like fried "chick-un" burgers, loaded fries, tacos, and more took over the West End spot at 1074 Davie St that had previously been the second outpost of Juke, the popular Chinatown fried chicken joint (it's the same owners).
While Beetbox is shuttering Davie Street soon - their last day is May 28 - co-owner Justin Tisdall reassures fans that this is not by any means the end of Beetbox and its “conscious comfort food.”
"No, this does not mean Beetbox is gone forever. You’ll be able to enjoy our Classic Chick-Un Sandwich popping up at some local events while we hunt for a new location."
"Beetbox was a place we could plant our roots deeper into our community and grow our brand while at the same time giving back," continues Tisdall in his statement about the restaurant closure. "
Tisdall says he and co-owner Bryan Satterford are "incredibly thankful that we had the opportunity to work with so many great people, companies, and charities along the way. We're also truly humbled by how quickly we had been accepted into the Vegan community. We hope we get the chance to grow with you all in the future."
To mark the end of the chapter, Beetbox will be featuring beloved greatest hits menu items for its last few weeks on Davie, like the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Christmas Come Early- Holiday Sandwich and All Day Breakfast Sandwich 2.0.
“Vancouver is one of the world’s best hubs for plant-based food. I am glad we got to be a part of the broadening of what plant-based dining can be, if even for just a short while," adds Tisdall.
For more information about Beetbox, and where it will pop up next, follow @beetboxveg on Instagram.