Eating out is one of the great luxuries of the modern age. Isn't it remarkable that we can just pay people and they'll treat us with delicious food? It's fantastic, except when we don't know what's going on in the back of the house. There were dozens of Vancouver restaurants closed by health inspectors In 2019 and the information is public.

In 2019, there were a total of 65 closures of stores, restaurants and food facilities. They were closed by Vancouver Coastal Health, and those are just the ones closed within the city.

That number is comparatively small when you consider that the public health agency does more than 16,000 inspections each year.

The inspections are done regularly, but they also happen when they've received a complaint. 

Each time an inspector visits, they create a report for the operator. The report will either say that they're compliant with regulations or it'll tell them exactly what needs to be addressed.

By "closed", we mean that VCH ordered them to shut down until they're brought up to speed. Some closures last only a day or two. Others can last a few days, and the same place can be shut down multiple times if they're continuing to fail inspections.

Most of these places are still operating well and are by all appearances adhering to health and safety standards.

Plus, each closure lists specific reasons why the place was shut down. Places get shut down for not having hot water, being infested with pests, having unsanitary conditions and most disturbingly sewage contamination.

Never forget the great Chowder Rat debacle of 2018.

Anyone can access the list of Vancouver restaurant closures online and it's like playing Russian roulette when you look at the list to see if anything stands out.

Here are the 65 closures in 2019 by VCH:

 

DAE-JI 

Address: 519 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

INDIAN BAY LEAF RESTAURANT LTD.

Address: 4890 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

HIRADO SUSHI

Address: 1431 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 3

FEASTRO I

Address: 618 Malkin Ave., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

SWEET COUNTRY FOODS

Address: 2538 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

TERIYAKI EXPERIENCE

Address: #234 1055 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

CRAVE INDIA RESTAURANT

Address: 1019 Granville St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

CREATIVE BAKERS

Address: 268 S.W. Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

NOOR JAHAN HALAL STORE

Address: #100 5989 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

KUANZHAI ROAD RESTAURANT

Address: 3488 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

PHAT RESTAURANT

Address: #100 1055 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

NOODLE ARTS

Address: 1739 Robson St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

VEGAN PIZZA HOUSE

Address: 2119 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

SING KEE RESTAURANT

Address: 3479 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 3

JANG MO JIB

Address: 268 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

INDIAN BAY LEAF RESTAURANT LTD.

Address: 4890 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1 (second closure of 2019)

TRUE CONFECTIONS

Address: #6 3701 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

HIRADO SUSHI

Address: 1431 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2 (second in 2019)

KAM’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT

Address: 2415 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

SHIZENYA ON DENMAN

Address: 1059 Denman St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

GOLDEN CITY FOODS LTD

Address: 6967 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

TIM KEE KITCHEN

Address: 2365 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

VANMEX INVESTMENTS

Address: #100 1055 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

SING KEE RESTAURANT

Address: 3479 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 3 (second closure in 2019)

THE PINT PUBLIC HOUSE – BASEMENT BAR

Address: 455 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2 (first closure)

THE PINT PUBLIC HOUSE – VANCOUVER

Address: 455 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1 (second closure)

UKRAINIAN SAUSAGE

Address: 800 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

TETSU SUSHI BAR

Address: 775 Denman St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

PANZ VEGGIE

Address: 3485 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

DINESTY ON ROBSON

Address: 1719 Robson St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

KOYUKI SAPPORO RAMEN

Address: 795 Jervis St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

FRESH 2U

Address: 845 Terminal Ave., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

VIA TEVERE – IL SALTIMBOCCA

Address: 1190 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

ONGBA VIETNAMESE EATERY

Address: 976 Denman St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

BUMP N GRIND

Address: 3010 Granville St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

BUTTERMERE PATISSERIE

Address: 958 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

TORAFUKU MODERN ASIAN EATERY

Address: 958 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

THAI HANG 2

Address: 1962 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

MICHI CRAFT KITCHEN

Address: #180 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

NO. 1 DUMPLING

Address: 1888 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

CREATIVE BAKERS

Address: 268 S.W. Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1 (second closure of 2019)

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER – MOTT32 KITCHEN & BAR

Address: 1161 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

HELEN’S GRILL & RESTAURANT

Address: 4102 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

FLOATA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Address: #400 180 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

JJ SRILANKAN STORE

Address: 5125 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

SING KEE RESTAURANT

Address: 3479 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 3 (third closure in 2019)

TIM HORTONS - HORNBY

Address: 490 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

CHICKPEA RESTAURANT

Address: 4298 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

CHICKPEA FOOD TRUCK

Address: 4298 Main St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

FATBURGER – DUNSMUIR

Address: #115, 111 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

JANG MO JIB

Address: 268 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 4 (second closure of 2019)

INDIAN BAY LEAF RESTAURANT LTD

Address: 4890 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 3 (third closure in 2019)

KARAKORAM RESTAURANT

Address: 6990 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

THE LIVING ROOM KITCHEN & BAR

Address: 654 Nelson St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

RIDGE GARDEN RESTAURANT

Address: 4009 Macdonald St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

EXCELLENT DIM SUM KING RESTAURANT

Address: 2141 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

SIEGEL’S BAGELS (2000)

Address: 1689 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

SCOOZIS

Address: 445 Howe St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

FRASER COURT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Address: 3489 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

KIM’S MART

Address: 519 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

MONEY BARBEQUE & PRODUCE

Address: 6457 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

KUNGFU NOODLE RESTAURANT

Address: 682 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

CAFÉ CARTHAGE

Address: 1851 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

VANMEX INVESTMENTS

Address: #100 1055 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1 (second closure of 2019)

ROBBA DA MATTI

Address: 1127 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 2

MY HONEY’S BUNS

Address: #110, 925 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, BC

Number of Infractions: 1

 

* Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.


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