Out with the Old, in with the New-ish

March 24, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

Victoria is well known for having an abundance of food and drink establishments, and as of recent there’s quite the shift taking place around town… Out with the old, in with the new-ish.


  1. El Furniture Warehouse
    Opening at 533 Yates St. soon
    This premium dive bar has been a hit in Vancouver for over a decade. With 6 locations in Vancouver and 1 in Whistler, it’s obvious that patrons dig the $4.95 food menu, cheap drinks and the vibe of that dive bar decor. It will be opening up in the old Reef Caribbean food location any day now. While we personally think of a dive bar as a watering hole that’s been around for years, has spotty plumbing and that feeling you might get into a brawl at any minute… we’ll still give this place a chance! Located by Lucky Bar and across from Famous Originals pizza.
  2. The Ruby – Downtown
    Opening at 642 Johnson St. today
    Located inside the Best Western on Johnson St., “The Ruby” will be opening their¬†second location in what was “The London Tube” and “De Dutch” years before that. This is fantastic news for all of us who have attempted to grab a table at their Hotel Zed spot (when you do get one, it’s like winning the lottery). They’ll be serving up great dishes and spinning vinyl at their grand opening today 10am to 3pm.



  1. The Pig = Middle Eastern?
    1325 Blanshard St. (The Atrium)
    We all learned recently that the Pig Joint will be closing in a few short days on March 26th for good. Owner,¬†Jeff Hetherington, is taking on a new adventure on a farm and is selling the Pig food truck (branding, menus and all) for $100k. What will fill the Atrium’s prime corner location is rumoured to be a Middle Eastern restaurant run by the owners of Tacofino. We’re all waiting in anticipation to find out!
  2. Jones Bar-B-Que
    725 Cook St.
    For those of you that are now crying in your leftover BBQ sauce, cheer up, we still have a great, messy, BBQ spot to dine at. Owners of The Ruby opened up Jones Bar-B-Que just last year on Cook St. in the old pierogi shop. The authentic Texan style BBQ, mixed with it’s larger menu options, decor, branding and great music has made this spot a hit. Don’t wait too late to have dinner as they often sell out!
  3. Meat & Bread = no more
    The popular Vancouver franchise, Meat & Bread, was expected to be a hit in Victoria. It has recently closed up shop, rumoured to be due to it’s limited menu, and there’s no word yet what will be moving into it’s spot. If you’re craving some meat and carbs, try local “Roast” in the Hudson market.

Listen below as Dan Gunn, Dylan Willows and Jason Lamb discuss the recent changes on the Zone at 91-3fm.

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