Vancouver’s influential fine dining restaurant West announces permanent closure

There are changes afoot in the dining scene on South Granville, and we can now add the storied West Restaurant to the list of upcoming closures.

The Toptable Group restaurant announced Wednesday it would be shuttering at the end of December after a nearly 20-year-stand on Granville Street.

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West is a veteran in the city’s modern fine dining scene and can boast having been formative stomping grounds for several talented kitchen and dining room folk who have gone on to great accomplishments in the industry, among them chef and restaurateur David Hawksworth, pastry chef Thierry Busset and bartender Sabrine Dhaliwal.

Coho salmon at West. Photo Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome
Coho salmon at West. Photo Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

The restaurant says the closure comes as its lease comes to an end. In recent years Toptable has expanded its portfolio in Vancouver with 2018’s high-end Elisa steakhouse in Yaletown, as well as a forthcoming venture in New York City, as well as at least one other upcoming project in Victoria.

Additionally, Toptable notes it’s working on a second Thierry Cafe location in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood as well as a new concept for the Five Bentall Centre on Burrard Street.

West will close out its run by holding a lineup of collaborative alumni dinners, honouring the legacy of menus past.

We’ll be sure to highlight those gatherings in our monthly food events column on V.I.A.

West is located at 2881 Granville St. in Vancouver

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