Fire at Main and Broadway – nobody hurt, coolness lost.

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photo by me

Well, Mount Pleasant just got a little less cool.

Last night, a fire of unknown origin, tore through nearby businesses, including Zocalo Mexican restaurant, Slickety Jim’s, Lugz Coffee, and Kishu Island Sushi. Fortunately spared was the apartment complex next door. Ironically spared was the old Scotia Bank building on the corner of Main and Broadway, which for the past year has served as a showroom, sales center for a proposed condo complex to be built there in the future.

While no one was hurt, thanks to the fast action and overwhelming force of the Vancouver fire department (the news says 8 engines from 3 stations were called to the scene), traffic was a pain all day, as rubble was hauled out into Main street, presumably to easier soak the debris without risking any hidden fire to spread. Both lanes were down at least until 3PM (and may still be blocked for all I know – I’ll have a look shortly.)

I liked Slickity Jim’s. I liked Lugz. And I had a decent, happy-hour special at Kishu a couple of times. So I’m sad to see them go, as they will no doubt be replaced by something far less funky.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on November 12th, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

    Zocalo was pretty good too. Those 4 restaurants will leave a big hole. Hopefully they’ll be replaced with something equally hip.


  2. Chris (unregistered) on November 13th, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    According to Martiniboys.com, they’re going to cover the wreckage with boarding painted on by local artists. SO yeah, still hip: http://www.martiniboys.com/Vancouver/articles/Vancouver%27s-Mount-Pleasant-Neighbourhood-Recovers-from-Devastating-Fire-13752.html


  3. castewar on November 13th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

    Well, temporarily hip, at any rate – the restaurants were there for years. The boarding will be there for maybe a year until a new apartment building goes up. And the heart of the restaurants, the employees, what now for them?

    The more I think on it, the sadder it gets.



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