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Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 5

Das Schwarze Brett is a German Canadian Magazine for German-speakers on the west coast of Canada and the US. It shares what is going on in the Austrian, German & Swiss communities of new, first, second and third generation Germans.

18 Saying Goodye

18 Saying Goodye European Importers has now closed, as of December 19th, 2017. It really happened! Some comments from the Germans in Vancouver Facebook Page are: “Werde den Laden sehr vermission. Besonders zur Weihnachtszeit.” or “Da muessen wir wieder die Deutschland Packete einfuehren” or “Do not close. It would be so sad.” The business, under the management of Karl von Renesse, opened its doors as “European Warehouse” in 1957. He came to Vancouver in 1975 and moved into a warehouse on Railway Street. When that burned down, they moved to Alexander Street, close to Oppenheimer Park and the Freybe Store. Finally, they bought the warehouse on 220 Prior Street in 1980 and became “European Specialty Importers” at the end of 1980. Traute & Karl ran the store together, until Karl died in 1994 at the age of 63. Jasmine, their daughter, went to BCIT and took a Hotel Management course with a focus on food & beverages. Karl also spent some time training his daughter in how to run the store. She started working there around the age of 21 and was still there at the “bitter end.” The highlights of the store were the years leading up to Expo ‘86, when European Importers supplied most of the German deli’s, bakeries and groceries across Vancouver After that, the sales declined until it just made sense to sell the place. Both Traute & Jasmine will be retiring and moving on to other things. I will be posting lots of pictures on my Westcoast German News Blog, most of which were taken by Dietrich Klaue.. ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year

19 New German Restaurants! The Restaurant is going through a period of transition, but I have heard that as of February 2018, there will be some new menu items that will appeal to Germans and those who love German food. Most importantly, there will be German beer on the menu starting in January. Starting in February, there will be two kinds of Schnitzel and Currywurst, as well as cheesecake and a revolving variety of desserts. Now I am getting hungry! The Blenheim, formerly “Displace Hashery” is the newest German Restaurant in Vancouver and has been owned by Uwe Boll (yes, of Bauhaus fame) since October 12, 2017. This place is now transitioning from the typical “burger & beer” menu to “tasty local organic food and local craft brews”, free live events and eventually one of the best - updated - patios in Kitsilano. Black Bird Schnitzel Haus Das Schnitzel Haus is a new family owned restaurant located in Qualicum Beach on the West Island Highway. It is a bit further away, but you basically just go to Nanaimo, take BC-19 N to Memorial Road and take exit 60. Take Rupert Rd. W and Laburnum Road to Island Hwy W in Qualicum Beach. Apparantly they specialize in German cuisine and have 21 Schnitzels to choose from. Wow. They also offer breakfast on weekends. Open Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner. 3298 Island Hwy West Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2C6 250-752-8500 You can also join Uwe Boll during June 14, 2018 and July 15, 2018 to watch the World Cup on one of the many TV’s inside. Let’s see if Germany wins again, but even if not, it will still be fun to watch the games together. Address 3293 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R8 Mail Phone 604-736-0212 Klaus’s Kaffee Haus The headline was perhaps a bit misleading, as this restaurant is actually Austrian. It brings the most “authentic Austrian cuisine accompanied by world famous Viennese Style Coffee in a contemporary setting. It is located in the heart of Chinatown, where east meets west.” (according to their website) They are open Monday to Sunday from 7 am to 3 pm and operate on a first come, first served basis. They offer Klaus’s Signature Breakfast, a specialty from Tirol and classic Apple STrudl with vanilla suace, among other Austrian items. Yum! 291 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1T8 778-379-6735 ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year