The Cannery is calling it quits after becoming one of Vancouver restaurant icons
Ever since I moved here back in the 80's, the Cannery restaurant located on Vancouver's Burrard Inlet has been one of my favourites. Their salmon wellington is to die for and the view of the harbour is simply stunning. This Vancouver icon is located within the Vancouver Port Authority's jurisdiction. As a result it was caught behind a new security line after the terrorist attacks in New York.
Despite the fact that patrons had to "buzz" in to gain access to the restaurant (and Port property), it remained extremely popular with locals. It was inevitable after the Port became a virtual security fortress that the Cannery's days were numbered. Then it was announced that the Port would not be renewing its lease and would not be permitting the restaurant to remain open much past the Olympic Games.
The time is now approaching whereby the doors to the restaurant will finally be shut for good. What a big loss for Vancouver and the tens of thousands of us who loved the restaurant. I couldn't help but thinking how great the Cannery would have looked at English Bay if it would have been provided the location given to Cactus Club restaurant last week. If you recall, the Vancouver Park Board voted to give this prime location to the chain restaurant in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue.
While I realize that the Cannery may not have been able to easily provide the beachside bistro food the Park Board was looking for, I'm sure something could have been worked out to accommodate everyone. As it stands, this wonderful restaurant is closing, its employees are being laid off, and we've lost the opportunity to keep a uniquely Vancouver experience open.
I'll miss the Cannery when it's gone and I only wish something could have been done to keep it open in its current location. As an alternative, finding a spot for it somewhere else on our waterfront would have been a good second choice. It's all too late now as the lights are about to be dimmed in the kitchen for one last time tonight.
- post by Daniel