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I used to live across the street from either pic a pop or pop shoppe in burnaby in the 70's. Never did notice when they disappeared.


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Robbie wrote:Mr. Mike's - these steakhouses were plentiful, but all but one of them closed in the 1990's. The only remaining location is in Coquitlam: http://www.mrmikes.ca/
BTW, a new one has just recently opened (or will be soon?) on 120th St. just north of 80th Ave.

We ate at the Coquitlam one a couple weeks ago, it was really tasty... they have a very scrumptious, decidedly west-coast menu.


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Robbie wrote:Mr. Mike's - these steakhouses were plentiful, but all but one of them closed in the 1990's. The only remaining location is in Coquitlam: http://www.mrmikes.ca/
BTW, a new one has just recently opened (or will be soon?) on 120th St. just north of 80th Ave.

We ate at the Coquitlam one a couple weeks ago, it was really tasty... they have a very scrumptious, decidedly west-coast menu.
There's also one in Chilliwack too. :beauty:


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Wakesbetterthanyou wrote:The rattlesnake cafe was pretty good too, they're gone tho....mm rattlesnake....
Was that the place on W 4th near (somewhat) UBC? I remember that place - it was pretty good. The alligator/rattlesnake appetizer was pretty good. Rattlesnake was very finicky. A combination between eating a chicken neck (the spine) and an un-filleted salmon (the ribs). You don't get much, but for what you had to pay, you make sure you eat it all so it takes about 15 minutes to eat it.


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Revisiting this thread again, there's already been a lot of closures of various stores and restaurants in the Lower Mainland. But I didn't think this would be threatened as well although I shouldn't have been too surprised about it. With land becoming more scarce and more expensive, it looks like the public golf courses will be threatened as well.

Langara Golf Course might be shortened to only 9 holes, if not entirely razed for new housing development:
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Po ... story.html

Lots of new condo development around the 49th and Marine Drive skytrain stations on the Canada Line. Lots of new towers and the city is worried about not having enough green space and the mayor feels that the city should not be in the golf business. Guess the city vision of making golf accessible to everyone is gone. Only for the rich now.

In 10 years, will all the public golf courses be replaced by new housing with the rest being privatized to golf & country clubs? :shock:


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Well, I hate to say it but golf courses basically excluded everybody but golfers regardless. I am grateful that they maybe have held back development of those areas but at the same time, if you don't golf, it could just as well be condo's for all the use you get of them. Public park space is a better use overall IMO. Everybody has access to the space, not just golfers.


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The Varsity Ridge Bowl and Theatre will come next despite being around since 1950. :bang:

In 1962, there were 25 bowling alleys in the city of Vancouver. Today, there are only four, and Varsity Ridge Bowl is probably going to be demolished to clear the way for a condo development.

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Time to give this thread another push.

I just rememberd that Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant used to have a location in Burnaby. The only place I can find them now is in Cali and a location in Hawaii. I also note that Chuck E Cheese was in Burnaby too but now has a location in Langley.

I guess we can now add Zeller's to the list as well although they seemed to do this once before many years ago before returning in Big Box form.

I would also give AMC honourable mention although I guess their legacy continues with the Jeep line at Chrysler

Here are a couple of other franchises that have disappeared from the local scene as well.
Texaco
Arco
Sambo's


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Sir Purrcival wrote:Time to give this thread another push.

I just rememberd that Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant used to have a location in Burnaby. The only place I can find them now is in Cali and a location in Hawaii. I also note that Chuck E Cheese was in Burnaby too but now has a location in Langley.

I guess we can now add Zeller's to the list as well although they seemed to do this once before many years ago before returning in Big Box form.

I would also give AMC honourable mention although I guess their legacy continues with the Jeep line at Chrysler

Here are a couple of other franchises that have disappeared from the local scene as well.
Texaco
Arco
Sambo's
Zellers -> Target ("Tar-zhay") has been in the works for a while now.

Sears downtown has closed. Nordstrom's will move in by 2015 after renovating.

Much like everywhere else, pretty much every chain music store is gone from Vancouver now in this digital age: A&B Sound shut down a few years ago. HMV vacated its Robson & Burrrard location (not sure if anyone else has moved in there yet) about a year ago. The big used CD store on Granville, the name escapes me (Charlie's?) also shut down.

Even one of the two Starbucks kitty corner apart on Robson & Thurlow (the one on the SW corner) closed several months ago.

The Book Warehouse chain of bookstores — known for its ads featuring Sharman King, its tuba-playing owner — nearly went out of business after he retired and closed up all but one location. That one — near the Canada Line station at Broadway — remains, having been bought by a Surrey family who owns Black Bond Books, a smaller chain of independent stores; they've retained the familiar BW branding rather than completely absorb it into BBB.


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I think you are referring to Sam the Record Man.


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Sir Purrcival wrote:I think you are referring to Sam the Record Man.
I believe they were the first ones to leave downtown (used to be on Seymour right next door to A&B) once the digital era took off.


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Anyone remember victoria station the train restaurant ?I dont remember much my parents took me there when i was maybe 6-7 yrs old.


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Yeah, now that you mention it. I don't recollect exactly where it was but wasn't it an old passenger train car fronting a larger building? Was it on Seymour maybe?


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Sir Purrcival wrote:Yeah, now that you mention it. I don't recollect exactly where it was but wasn't it an old passenger train car fronting a larger building? Was it on Seymour maybe?
Hmm, is it possible that this building evolved into the Railway Club currently above the 7-11 on the east corner of Seymour & Dunsmuir?


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