Breaking: Via Tevere Is Opening Up a Second Location on Main Street

The new Via Tevere will open in the former Grano space in May 2024.

They say when God closes a Grano, he opens a Via Tevere. Well, maybe “they” don’t say it, whoever they are, but I’m saying it, because it’s true: the Via Tevere team is officially opening up a second restaurant location on Main Street, in the same space that the recently shuttered Grano once stood.

Via Tevere’s original Victoria Drive location, still going strong 12 years later.

Via Tevere is easily one of the best pizzerias in the city (they’re a finalist in the Reader’s Choice division of our 2024 Restaurant Awards, get your tickets for the May 6th celebration now!), so this is exciting news, to say the least. But we loved Grano—it was one of our top picks for plant-based eats on Main last year—so the news is bittersweet. Other recent restaurant closures (the Arbor’s graceful exit, Heirloom’s burn-it-to-the-ground flamewar) point to an unfortunate trend for Vancouver vegans.

Via Tevere’s “new” Main Street digs.

Don’t cry your ethical tears just yet, though. Grano’s menu will still be available at the new Via Tevere on Main Street. So, we’re not really losing any of that plant-based goodness, merely gaining a menu of tried-and-true favourites. Grano manager Katie Mantei is still on board at Via Tevere Main Street so the 32-seat restaurant (with a 12-seat side patio and 12-seat curbside patio) is set for a smooth transition from vegan to kinda vegan.

A second Via Tevere, Grano’s vegan offerings, a sweet summer patio—how can you complain about that? If you have any grievances, perhaps it’s time for a slice and a close read of the Via Tevere team’s other pizza venture: Don’t Argue.

Via Tevere Main Street will open at 3240 Main Street in May 2024.