Self-Isolation Self-Indulgence: West End Delivery and Take-out Food Options

Vancouver’s West End has always been a great destination for food. From the 100-mile menu at Forage, to hand-pulled noodles at Legendary Noodle, greasy poutine at La Belle Patate, Drag Bingo at Mary’s, small plates at Kingyso Izakaya, a slice of cheap ‘za at Megabite, pastries at Cardero Bottega, or late night drinks on Davie Street, we have some of the most diverse and amazing restaurants and bars around.

After more than a week of social-distancing and self-isolating, many of us have realized that we sometimes take our independent cafes and local watering holes for granted.

Our friends and frequent partners at WEBIA (The West End Business Improvement Association) have created the ultimate list of restaurants open for delivery and take-out in the West End. For those of us that can afford this foodie indulgence, it is a great way to gorge and support local businesses that have been forced to close for dine-in customers.

Banana Leaf Canada – Robson, Denman, Davie
Beeryani Indian Bistro and Bar
Breka Bakery & Cafe
Cora restaurants
Damso Modern Korean Cuisine
Davie Dosa Company
D’oro Gelato e Caffè West End
Disco Cheetah Korean Grill
España Restaurant
Fatburger Canada
Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen
Hongdae Pocha Cafe 홍대포차와카페
Hook Seabar
The Italian Tomato
J&G Fried Chicken West Canada
Jingle Bao
JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
Kadoya Japanese Restaurant
Kinara Indian Restaurant 2
Kumme Cafe
La Baguette et Compagnie
La Belle Patate YVR
Miko Sushi
Milano Coffee
Motomachi Shokudo
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
Mumbai Local Restaurant
Neptune Chinese Kitchen Davie
Nine Dumplings
Nook Restaurant
Ofra’s Kitchen
Olympia Pizza
Pacifico Pizza
PappaRoti Canada
Papi’s Seafood And Oyster Bar
Peaked Pies
Ramen Koika ラーメン恋歌
Red Umbrella Cafe
Rio Brazilian Steakhouse
Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé
Score On Davie
Shizen Ya
Stanley Park Brewing
Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna
SURA Korean Restaurant Vancouver
La Catrina Tacos Vancouver
Taki’s Taverna
Tartine Bread and Pie
Tavola Restaurant
The Italians kitchen and bar
Tom Sushi
True Confections Dessert Restaurant
Vera’s Burger Shack
Zabu chicken

Income Tax Clinic—Postponed

Every year Gordon Neighbourhood House help hundreds of West End neighbours file their income tax returns through our Income Tax Clinic. The program is by donation, and available to any low-income neighbour with a ‘simple’ tax return.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Canada Revenue Agency has extended the filing due date for 2019 individual tax returns. This decision was made to reduce the necessity for taxpayers and tax preparers to meet in person during this difficult time.

“In order to provide greater flexibility to Canadians who may be experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canada Revenue Agency will defer the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals until June 1st, 2020. However, the Agency encourages individuals who expect to receive benefits under the GSTC or the Canada Child Benefit not to delay the filing of their return to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.”

As a result of this announcement, we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all income tax clinic appointments in order to protect the health and safety of all volunteers and participants.

As of March 17th, 2020 Gordon Neighbourhood House will be temporarily closed to the public until it is safe again to open. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we determine whether we will offer this program again before the filing date. Please email Jessy at for more information.

COVID-19 Resources for West End Renters

A Typical, West End Apartment Building on Burnaby Street. February, 2020.

One of Vancouver’s liveliest and most historic downtown neighbourhoods, the West End is well-loved for its diversity, tree-lined streets, and proximity to nearby parks and beaches. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the virus has created unique challenges for our community.

Across Metro Vancouver, approximately two thirds of the population own a home. The situation is very different in the West End however, as over 80% of residents are renters in high-rise apartment buildings. Equally troubling, many West End renters live alone, in one bedroom apartments with higher than average rents. Amid massive layoffs and job insecurity related to COVID-19, many tenants have been experiencing anxiety about being able to pay rent, and cover basic necessities.

According to a recent survey by Abacus Data, 62% of renters are ‘extremely worried or worried a lot’ about the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other Canadians. Additionally, 64% of renters are ‘really worried’ about not being able to pay their bills over the next month.

Gordon Neighbourhood House has compiled these updates and resources for tenants and landlords during these challenging times:

The Province of British Columbia
The Province of BC is implementing a number of measures to keep people housed and protect their health.

“As we work together to fight this pandemic, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind,” Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End said. “That’s why I delivered recommendations that address the immediate concerns of both landlords and tenants who are doing their best at this difficult time.”

Some immediate measures include:

  • Immediately suspend all evictions (except in cases of danger and safety issues) to ensure people can stay in their homes, during this public health crisis.
  • The BC government will provide support to help people pay their rents, by giving up to $500 a month towards rent, building on the recently announced federal and provincial financial supports for British Columbians facing financial hardship. Application information for this program will be released soon.
  • The BC government will enact a rent freeze so rents cannot go up on April 1st.  
  • Allow landlords to restrict the use of common areas by tenants or guests to protect against the transmission of COVID-1

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Residential Tenancy Act
The Residential Tenancy Act is a provincial law that states what your legal rights are as a tenant. This Act sets out rules for both you and your landlord. There is a government office called the Residential Tenancy Branch. If you encounter a problem, the Residential Tenancy Branch has trained staff who can provide information about the Act and its application to your specific circumstances.

Spencer Chandra Herbert’s COVID-19 Poster
Poster with tips for residents of apartment buildings and other multi-unit buildings.

Government of Canada COVID-10 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

City of Vancouver Renter Office
The Renters Office helps ensure households have a place at the City to access timely information and receive support in exercising their tenancy rights under Provincial and City policies. City staff monitor enquiries daily, and aim to respond within two business days.
(604) 673-8291 or

Tenant Survival Guide 
This plain-language guide offers tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in BC. It is designed to educate readers on their rights and responsibilities, and help prevent or resolve any problems they may encounter during their tenancy.

Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre
TRAC is a non-profit organization that promotes the legal protection of tenants by providing information, education, support, and research on residential tenancy matters.

COVID-19 and Canada’s Renters
Abacus Data Bulletins are short analyses of public opinion data