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Rent increase forces shutdown of Kitsilano brunch place after 30 years of business

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Key takeaways: 

  • Owner Nelson Ma states he made the tough decision due to an upcoming rent increase of at least 40 percent.
  • The brunch area, which has helped the neighborhood for 30 years, is shutting at the end of the month due to approaching rent growth, says the restaurant’s owner.

Since 1993, loyal patrons have herded to Nelly’s Grill, a simple brunch spot on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitstilano area, known for its pleasant service and eggs benedict.

But Nelly’s Grill — once Joe’s Grill — will be shut by the end of the month. 

Owner Nelson Ma told CBC he made the tough decision to shut down due to an upcoming rent increase of at least 40 percent.

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Since 1993, loyal patrons have herded to Nelly’s Grill, a simple brunch spot on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitstilano area, known for its pleasant service and eggs benedict

“When my rent moves up at least by 40 percent, there’s no way we’re going to stay … I’ve chosen that it’s time to move on,” said Ma.

Their facility’s new owner, who purchased the site last September, told Ma they will raise the restaurant’s rent when their lease ends at the end of 2023. 

Ma initially attempted to sell his business when the new owner took over but said consumers were not involved because of the rent growth. 

Source – CBC News

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