Industry tanks in Yorkville


Urban Diner is reporting that the most recent tenant of 1809 West 1st in Yorkville is no longer and an Italian/French eatery is lined up to take a turn in the fateful space.

Mon Bella Bistoria is on its way to 1809 West 1st in Kitsilano. It’s the space that housed Vintropolis for several years, and when it shut down last year it became a boorish sports bar called Industry (which may take the record as the shortest lived restaurant in recent memory).

Mon Bella is the first restaurant from Brad Roark, a former server at Araxi, CinCin, and Tapastree. The food concept will see French and Italian-themed small plates for sharing, as well as charcuterie and cheese. Wines will be from France, Italy, and BC. “The idea is to combine what I love form Bistros and Trattorias – a place that provides the best ingredients in a straight forward fashion with a local feel to them,” Roark tells us. “If I can combine the lessons I have learned from Jack [Top Table], Nicole, and Mike [Tapastree], I feel that I have a pretty good shot at creating a place that could be very special.”

1809 West 1st Avenue has been the home to many a restaurant concept but for the life of me I can’t remember their names past Vintropolis. Can anyone help out here?  I remember a pretty good Italian joint in there in the late 90s.

Last modified: August 15, 2008

6 Responses to " Industry tanks in Yorkville "

  1. Dave says:

    God, what a black hole that address is. I remember Sienna back in 2001-2003ish, then a sort-lived Indian place just prior to Vintropolis. I thought maybe the next door wine shop might would finally give them a chance; I wasn’t even aware they had been replaced already and now it’s happening yet again.

    Good luck to Mon Bella, they’re gonna need it.

  2. Rob says:

    Sienna Tapas Bar & Grill – that was it. Thanks Dave.

  3. Bruce says:

    I’m looking for information on a bakery of the 1950s. I think it was called Jack Storey Pies and it was near 5th and Vine, if I recall. As kids we used to hang around out front just to smell the wonderful pies and breads baked there. If someone could confirm the location and better yet, post a picture, that would be great.

  4. Vaughn says:

    Before Siena was a short lived Indian restaurant named ______. The longest running tenant there was “Carpaccio’s” which at one point expanded to include the space that is now Village Wines. Prior to that was “Dan Ann”, which was the first to lease the space. They were there for 3 or 4 years.

  5. Rob says:

    Forget Sienna – Carpaccio’s was the Italian joint I remember that was very good. Thanks Vaughn.