Inside the Elbow Room Café

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Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is based on a small breakfast joint on Davie Street that was owned by Patrick Savoie and Bryan Searle until last year – Vancouver’s most iconic café in the city.

“It’s such a theatrical place. It’s hugely colourful. There’s so much to look at. There’s so much to hear.” —DAVE DEVEAU, Playwright & Co-Lyricist

The motto of the restaurant was “Food and service is our name, abuse is our game!” including some special house rules for every customer:

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Savoie says the diner’s feisty roots can be traced back to a busy Sunday morning when a group of customers rudely yelled for some more coffee while he was servicing another table. He gave into his frustrations.

“I turned around and I said, f–k you! I was just over there and asked you if you wanted coffee … and now you expect me to drop everything?

Those customers left — but everyone else applauded.

They said Patrick, you did what every single waiter and waitress in America or around the world would like to have done.”

A Sassy Spoonful: Inside the Elbow Room

If you did not finish your meal, you had to donate to A Loving Spoonful, a local HIV organization.

In 35 years The Elbow Room Café raised over $123,000 for the support of free healthy meals to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Patrick Savoie (left) and Dave Deveau (right)
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Holiday at the Elbow Room Café runs Dec 10-29, 2019 at the Historic Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

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