West 4th Avenue’s Nelly’s Grill is closing its door permanently at the end of July 2022.

Formerly known as Joe’s Grill, the family run restaurant has become a Kitsilano landmark after 30 years of serving all-day breakfast to locals.

“With heavy hearts and deep sadness, we would like to announce that Nelly’s Grill will be closing our doors permanently by the end of July 2022,” the restaurant announced on its Facebook page.

The Facebook post reads, “Unfortunately things happen beyond our control and people bigger than us can crush dreams, sadly.”

Restaurant owner Nelson Ma told CBC he made the difficult decision to close due to an impending rent increase of at least 40 per cent. “When my rent goes up at least by 40 per cent, there’s no way we’re going to survive … I’ve decided that it’s time to move on,” said Ma.

The building’s new landlord, Novena Land, also owns the buildings on West 4th Avenue that housed Bishop’s Restaurant and Peak Golf’s former location. 

Bishop’s closed earlier this year because of a rent increase, while Peak Golf told CBC they relocated to a new building for the same reason.

Nelly’s Grill, 2061 West 4th Avenue, nellysgrill.com

Last modified: July 24, 2022

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