Homegrown Business: Jackie Avery & Aiyana Kane, Co-Owners of The Burrow

Located in Vancouver, The Burrow is the perfect spot for anyone searching for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal. They are dedicated to providing their customers with colourful foods that are good for you, affordable and will leave you happy and satisfied. The Burrow has created a fun, friendly and safe space for all. The best part, even the most die-hard meat lovers will find something they like at the Burrow. We spoke with Jackie Avery and Aiyana Kane, Co-Owners, to learn more about them.

The Burrow

What is your business called and what does it do?

The Burrow. We are a restaurant

What made you want to do this work?

We love the energy of the restaurant industry. We love hosting and feeding people. We love food and especially food that people can eat every day. We love making food accessible and making it easy for people to enjoy food and eat well. We also love being part of the community and the bustle of having people in our space eating together and being together.

What problem did you want to solve with the business?

We are a place where people can eat every day. We make food that has high-quality ingredients and that is made from scratch like you would cook for yourself at home and we are committed to having dishes that are affordable and will fill you up.

Who are your clientele/demographics?

The Burrow is a place for everyone. We have created a menu and warm neighbourhood vibe that is appealing to everyone. The Burrow is a casual and fun place for dates. A place to meet up with your friends. A place for families whether you have small children, or if you are taking your parents out when they visit. A place you feel comfortable eating alone. A place you get full without breaking the bank. An easy place to come if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, but also a place you can bring your non-veggie friends who will love the brunches, nachos and baked burritos. No matter who you are; there is a place for you at The Burrow.

How does your business make money? How does it work?

We feed people delicious food.

Where in Vancouver can we find your profession?

The Burrow is located at 2781 Commercial Drive (near the Commercial/Broadway Skytrain station).

What is the best question a prospective customer could ask a member of your profession when comparing services? Give the answer as well.

What sets your restaurant apart from other restaurants in the city?

Our food is delicious and affordable. We have been serving up fresh, simple and bountiful food since 2009. Our brunch menu includes bennys made on morning-baked cornbread. Our tacos are bursting with colourful fresh ingredients on locally sourced corn tortillas. Our margaritas are boozy and elegant with freshly squeezed lime juice. We roast trays of tomatoes, garlic, onions and chillies every day to make our sauces. We buy quality ingredients that we would use in our own homes.

The Burrow

What is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?

People and food are tied as the best part of owning a restaurant. We love feeding people and being part of the magic that is created when you combine delicious food with good company.

Being part of people’s special occasions is always a big honour. We have been able to provide food for weddings, and have had many birthdays, graduations, baby showers, anniversaries and other milestones celebrated at The Burrow. We have had new parents pick up burritos right after their partner has given birth, and THEN have gotten to watch those babies grow up eating our food! Being able to contribute in significant moments and also in the everyday moments of people’s lives are what makes owning a restaurant nourishing for Aiyana and me.

The worst part has really been pivoting through the pandemic. The past two years have been really hard on the industry and restaurants are still not bouncing back to 2019 sales. Having two years of people not being able to gather, be together and eat together has been really tough on restaurants and I imagine for society on the whole.

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PAY IT FORWARD: What is another Vancouver business that you love?

The business we are particularly in love with right now is United Strangers in North Vancouver. We feel excited about the casual neighbourhood vibe and how much they are committed to selling local products in their cafe. They serve breakfast burritos made by our sister company, Brightside Foods. Every interaction we have had with these folks has been positive and inspiring.