Daisy Garden restaurant reopens 7 years after being ravaged by fire

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They reopened the Chinatown business “against all odds to reconnect with communities and our loyal customers.”

On April 21, 2015, an accidental fire at 142 East Pender Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown put an end to a 36-year-old business.

The fire destroyed Daisy Garden Kitchena family restaurant that opened in 1979 and took great pride in “serving the communities of Chinatown and surrounding areas”.

“It was one of the pillars of the community,” Carol Lee, co-founder of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, told Glacier Media in 2021.

“We have an excellent reputation as a provider of quality food and service at an affordable price,” the restaurant adds.

What added to the frustration was that at the time of the fire, the restaurant had only been operating for a few months after an extensive interior renovation.


Undeterred, Daisy Garden set out to rebuild and, even in the face of a global pandemic, managed to reopen the doors to serve customers again.

“[W]We are still insisting on reopening business against all odds to reconnect with communities and our loyal customers,” says Daisy Garden Kitchen.

And insist that they have. Daisy Garden is reborn and, according to local fans in the food community, the restaurant has really upped its game.

The new Daisy Garden, which is in its “soft opening” phase, offers familiar dishes like its beloved Chinese barbecue dishes, as well as noodles served in soup and congee. A three-course lunch special is available for $18.50.

Chinese Restaurant Awards judge Lee Man shared an update on the restaurant on social media, noting that the business is in its early stages, but things are looking quite promising: “The new menu features classics from wonton house [and] HK Cafe comfort food. They installed a real Chinese drum barbecue in the kitchen. The owner told me that she hopes the restaurant will help bring vitality to this important and historic area.”

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