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:
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.”
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.
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.