How do you honour a Vancouver landmark and its real-life colourful cast of characters? For theatre artists Dave Deveau, Cameron Mackenzie and Anton Lipovetsky, you do it the best way you know how. With a musical.
In Elbow Room Café: The Musical, the iconic Vancouver eatery comes to life through the eyes of its long-term partners in business and in life, Patrick Savoie and Brian Searle, along with a colourful menagerie of patrons that have walked through its doors.
A Vancouver institution since 1983, the Elbow Room Café has garnered an international reputation for its big-ass breakfasts served with a side-order of abuse. Originally opened in 1983 in what was the home of Vancouver’s first Mayor, the restaurant made its move to its current location on the fringes of Vancouver’s West End and Yaletown in 1996. A staunch supporter of the local community, they have also raised thousands of dollars over the years for A Loving Spoonful, a local charity that appropriately provides free meals for those living with HIV/AIDS. The money has been primarily collected as patrons are embarrassed into making a donation if they don’t eat everything on their plate.