Vancouver hospitality community launch Breaking Bread initiative

More than 20 local restaurants have united in solidarity to call for support during COVID-19 crisis

Updated March 17, 2020

Yesterday, members of the Vancouver hospitality community announced the formation of a new collective to better serve members of public supporting the local independent restaurant and service industry during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. 

The Breaking Bread initiative is was originally comprised of 23 Vancouver restaurants that joined forces to reassure the public of their commitment toward ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of their guests and staff by implementing all guidelines set out by regulatory bodies such as Vancouver Coastal Health, the World Health Organization, and Centres for Disease Control. The collective has now grown substantially to include restaurants in the greater Vancouver area as well as other major cities in Western Canada.

“We are continuing to take all necessary precautions and urge people to show their support for small business as much as they’re able to right now,” says James Iranzad, co-owner of Gooseneck Hospitality. “We want people to understand that by supporting their favourite restaurants, they also support the people who depend on them--from chefs, cooks and servers to suppliers, farmers and delivery people. We’re all in it together.”

The list of participating restaurants is as follows, with additional establishments likely to join in the near future:

  • Ask For Luigi
  • Beetbox
  • Belgard Kitchen
  • Bells and Whistles
  • Bufala Kerrisdale
  • Bufala Edgemont
  • Café Medina
  • Di Beppe
  • Farina a Legna
  • Havana
  • Heritage Asian Eatery (Broadway)
  • Heritage Asian Eatery (Pender)
  • Juke Fried Chicken
  • L’Abattoir
  • Lucky Taco
  • Nuba Kitsilano
  • Nuba Gastown
  • Nuba Mt. Pleasant
  • Nuba Yaletown
  • Origo Club
  • Pourhouse
  • Tuc
  • Wildebeest

The collective suggests supporting local businesses by ordering delivery and takeout, purchasing gift cards, and engaging with the restaurants on social media.