June 2, 2023

Evan Paul took up buying to reopen a really well-known restaurant in North Vancouver.

Over the course of 27 years, Paul’s uncle, Ralph Downes, has constructed a loyal following at The Soup Meister on the Lonsdale waterfront.

“The Soup Meister legacy that wasn’t carried on was devastating to the household and Evan simply went out of left area,” Down’s sister-in-law Maggie Edwards informed World’s That is BC.

Diners keep in mind these busy days earlier than the restaurant closed.

“You’ll have queues right here of individuals,” recalled the fixed David Philip.

“You will be strolling by a line with about 15 different folks simply on the lookout for soups,” added loyal shopper Amber Morgan.

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Late final yr, Downs misplaced his battle with most cancers. Pals, household and former workers shared many fantastic recollections at his celebration of life.

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He was a really accessible particular person. He had a loopy humorousness,” Edwards stated.

He was cheerful. Seinfeld and “No soup for you.” Everybody liked it,” Paul stated.

Taking up a restaurant could seem to be an unnatural profession change for somebody who has served within the Canadian navy for almost 18 years. However Paul has lots of expertise within the kitchen.

“I’ve at all times had a ardour for cooking. However that is from my grandmother. My grandmother was an incredible dwelling prepare dinner,” Paul stated. “I keep in mind watching a cooking present and my grandma stated flip it off and are available assist me prepare dinner.”

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All of Ralph’s recipes have been in his head, however the former worker managed to jot down down most of them earlier than he died to proceed his legacy.

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“I do not need him to vanish. I need to hold it within the household,” Paul stated.

He hopes that with just a few private style modifications and a slight title change, locals will as soon as once more line up for a sizzling bowl at a brand new stand known as The Soup Meister’s Nephew.

As a long-standing group, I really feel lots of strain. I really feel prefer it’s a really huge shoe to fill in,” Paul stated.

“(At present) 27 years previous, and hopefully 27 extra beneath my belt.

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