Direct from the Sea to the Pan

CVA 99-3455 - The Original Old Country Fish and Chips store [6 East Hastings Street], 1923, Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-3455 – The Original Old Country Fish and Chips store [6 East Hastings Street], 1923, Stuart Thomson photo.

This fish and chip shop is just a couple of doors up East Hastings from where the legendary ‘The Only’ Seafood would later thrive (The Only was at 20 East Hastings). I don’t know whether the Old Country Fish & Chips was in fact a predecessor to The Only, but it seems to me to have been at least a sort of spiritual ancestor (for more on this question, see comment below from the author of ChangingCity).

(The prices are at least as mouth-watering as I suspect was the food: 25 cents got you a plate of fish & chips!)

Liberty Market at 6 East Hastings St. 2015. Author's photo,

Liberty Market at 6 East Hastings St. 2015. Author’s photo,

Interior of The Only Seafood (no longer visible, sadly). 2014. Author's photo (taken from outside the former restaurant through a pre-blackened window).

Interior of The Only Seafood (no longer visible, sadly). 2014. Author’s photo (taken from outside the former restaurant through a pre-blackened window).

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2 Responses to Direct from the Sea to the Pan

  1. ChangingCity says:

    The Only and Old Country ran in parallel for several years (according to the street directories). The Old Country changed names and café style over the years, and ended up in the 1950s as the Paris Café. We’re featuring it on the Changing Vancouver blog soon.

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