VANCOUVER — Caffè La Tana will be part of a City of Vancouver milestone: the first-ever virtual hearing, where city council will determine whether the Commercial Drive grocer can rezone the property to allow it to apply for a liquor license.
Initially scheduled for March 31 to take place in person at City Hall, the hearing was scheduled to take place virtually on Tuesday, May 12. So far, no outcome has been released.
After more than a year of preparation to request a rezoning to change the permitted land use from neighbourhood grocery store to restaurant, the public hearing was cancelled due to COVID-19. However, the City of Vancouver is trying out a new virtual hearing model that will enable Caffè La Tana’s application to move forward for consideration by City Council.
After physical-distancing restrictions were implemented in March to stop the spread of COVID-19, Caffè La Tana continued to develop and evolve, providing the community with a stock of high-quality grocery essentials online. The virtual shop has allowed Vancouverites to continue treating themselves to nourishing, homemade Italian fare while helping Caffè La Tana navigate one of the most difficult climates the restaurant industry has ever faced. Thanks to overwhelming support from the community, Caffè La Tana’s grocery service has kept the business alive and thriving during a period when many restaurants have been forced to close.