Posts Tagged ‘kingsway’

#EastVanLove Tweetup Version 2.0

March 24, 2011

Last night at the Our Town Cafe at Broadway and Kingsway was the second East Van Tweetup. The event was packed with tweeps of many different stripes. Good times were had. Beer was consumed. Photos were taken. Relationships were formed.

Welcome to Eastvan and others donated to the cause, with the cause being having fun and celebrating life in East Vancouver.

There were some speeches and some live music, but it was hard to see and hear due to the crowd. People kept arriving even after the festivities officially ended. You can search for the hashtag #EastVanLove to get a little taste of the evenings. If I have a complaint, and I do. It is the speakers didn’t seem connected or even really necessary. Perhaps one less speaker and some sort of theme for the next event. I took photos with my iPhone but I decided to steal, err borrow photos from John Biehler’s Flickr account, hopefully John is cool with that.

#EastVanLove Tweetup

#EastVanLove Tweetup

#EastVanLove Tweetup

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Too Much of a Coincidence?

February 6, 2010

What remains of Slickety Jims

The fire that destroyed Zocalo Restaurant, Slickety Jims, Lugz Coffee and Kishu Island Sushi in November left a pile of charcoal on Main and Broadway and east side business owners with nothing.  It’s so sad to see the loss of great local businesses and the future of the spot is questionable.

Damn.  That is some devastation and when I heard about what happened, I couldn’t really believe til I walked by a few days later.  First thing I thought was how awful for the owners, second thought, developers are probably drooling and ready to fight each other to the location for building new condos, since this is such a hot spot right now.  A little bit of suspicion, but hey I thought, old building, restaurants, fluke perhaps?

Kingsway and Broadway Fire

Then on December 24, another fire ONE BLOCK away at Kingsway and Broadway that also leaves not much but a pile of rubble.  Lost are some more restaurants, artist studios, martial arts studio, health & nutrition store and a medical cannabis storefront.

Not much is left, all of it almost all gone.  What’s really sad to me is the New Maple Wonton House is owned by my aunt and uncle who bought it from what used to be my grandpa’s restaurant, Ho Tak Kee Wonton Noodle House.  I grew up in that restaurant, busing tables, helping my family and helping the waitresses get some more tips. I spent almost everyday there, after school and on the weekend.  When my grandfather and family immigrated to Vancouver in the 80’s, they brought over the family business. This was his whole life’s work and the restaurant became an establishment in Vancouver before many more Chinese restaurants opened up.  Many friends and families gathered here for delicious Cantonese home-style food, my favorite was always the roast duck and curry beef brisket, and also the BEST congee in town.  Don’t really know what my aunt and uncle will do now, but that was their whole life and it was a HUGE part of my childhood.

2 fires in the same neighborhood, less than 2 blocks away from each other, in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city? Too much of a coincidence? You might think this is too much of a conspiracy theory, but I totally think there’s some fishy business happening here. We’ll probably see in a couple of years new condo developers trying to sell small living units for hundreds of thousands of dollars or unaffordable monthly rentals – furthering the gentrification of this east side neighborhood that is full of culture and community into another hip developed (and EXPENSIVE) area to live.

I’ll always remember running around the place, chatting up customers and snacking all day long.  Fond memories of me and grandpa making wontons together and watching the butcher chop up Chinese BBQ, I can still smell it…

eastvan streets

January 12, 2010

n504605599_2208150_4648, originally uploaded by welcome to eastvan.

the original eastvan streets t-shirt