Changes On The Drive #95

Boy it was hot walking the Drive yesterday. Thank goodness I remembered my hat!

Not a lot of changes this month.  However, we remain at only 8 vacancies on the Drive. Two of those vacancies are former cannabis dispensaries which, I assume, are still struggling with the licensing process, two others are the linked Falcone storefronts which may or may not be being renovated (it is hard to tell), and a further two are scheduled to reopen imminently.

The Sweet Greek, a place I have praised before, has a sign saying that new management has taken over.  Fingers crossed that it doesn’t lose its charm.


The new-to-us Grounds for Coffee, which opened last month at 2088 Commercial, gets a long and glowing review in the Vancouver Sun.  However, they have had to give up their idea of not accepting cash.


As suggested last month, My Sister’s Closet has now formally taken over the 1828 Commercial storefront.


The BBQ Chicken place at 1678 Commercial seems to be getting a makeover. It was looking pretty run down.


The southernmost storefront of the Kalena group, 1544 Commercial, which most recently failed as a fancy candy store, is soon to be a bar, the Corso.  I’m not sure when it will open.


Sopra Sotto at 1510 Commercial has opened a branch in Burnaby.

The owners of the recently opened Harbour Oyster Bar at 1408 Commercial are revealed to be Ari Demosten and Alex Kytiazis, previously known from their controversial and now-closed Escobar Restaurant on Fraser.

Finally, 952 Commercial (which used to be Joe’s Grill) is still closed but will soon reopen as the new location for Absinthe Bistro, currently at 1260 Commercial.


Vacancies on the Drive this month:  2223 Commercial (4 months vacant), 1840 (5 months), 1812 (16 months), 1810 (16 months), 1735 (9 months), 1544 (1 month), 1303 (2 months), 952 (9 months).

Previous Changes on The Drive editions.

3 Responses to Changes On The Drive #95

  1. Ferry Seagull says:

    And I was checking some of the parks a block off the Drive.
    McSpadden OK
    Victoria Park has yet another dying cedar tree in the southwest corner. They are losing life because of lack of moisture.
    Victoria Park was always a bad example of man-made drainage, several times over. Still not right.

  2. Ferry Seagull says:

    And the Coop started out on Venables, then to one of the many vacant former stores on Victoria Drive at 2nd Avenue.

    Last year

    East Van food co-op struggling in the shadow of Jim Pattison’s Choices Markets
    By Jenny Peng StarMetro Vancouver
    Tues., July 3, 2018

    and today

    Vancouver’s only food co-op plans expansion after financial crisis
    By Jenny Peng Star Vancouver
    Sat., July 6, 2019

    [ The demon Jim Pattison bought Choices in 2017 ]

  3. jakking says:

    I mentioned the Star story to the cashier when I was shopping there yesterday. She just beamed with pleasure!

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