'Breaks our hearts': beloved patio at award-winning Vancouver bar comes to a close

Beloved patio closing

A beloved patio will be no more at a popular Vancouver watering hole.

The Keefer Bar, which made the cut for North America's 50 Best Bars list, announced unfortunate news on Friday.

"The Keefer Yard is finished," wrote the owner in a social media post

The patio began as a pandemic project to help people gather safely with friends, writes the post. "It brought a feeling of normalcy during a dizzying time," the owner added, and helped the bar remain open when indoor dining was struggling.

Despite the outdoor space bringing together the community, from hiring local artists to paint murals to donating proceeds from the mini-putt to local charities, The Keefer Yard has come to a close.

"We've been working with the city try to make The Keefer Yard a permanent place," the owner explains. "It breaks our hearts to say we were unsuccessful in landing the permit we needed to keep our doors open."

Though there will no longer be a patio, The Keefer Bar will remain open.

The owner also expressed gratitude to everyone who made The Keefer Yard possible. "It's been a tough couple of years, but seeing the happiness The Yard brought you all made our days much brighter."

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