It has since been over a year of being stuck behind red tape, and dealing with the bureaucracy of the city. Baan Wasana Thai Restaurant, a place where many of us have called our home-away-from-home, has been sitting empty ever since.
At first, when the shock of what happened settled we thanked Buddha we had insurance and looked forward to rebuilding. We talked about the new and exciting changes we could make. Perhaps a short bar section? Maybe new tables and chairs!
Sadly, the year has not been so kind to us. Our insurance is nearly out after a year of stalling from the city. We have been told for months now that the permits were "almost done", only to be told later that another person has been assigned the case and wants to start from the beginning. We have started to face the reality that we will not be able to implement some of the shiny new changes we had once hope--and are now hoping to just to re-open at all, with the bare minimum it takes to run.
So please, if Baan Wasana has been a home-away-from-home or your "second kitchen", consider donating or sharing our story to help us re-open. The amount I have set for the goal is the amount that insurance quoted will be left of our claim that they cannot cover. I am hoping for anything at all. We are a small family business, operating for 12 years in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. We love this neighbourhood and all the people in it, and we would very much like to stay here.
(Photo from our 12 year anniversary)
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