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La Bodega Closes; Next Door Opens Tonight

GASTOWN — Opening tonight, Nicli Antica's Next Door, serving classic Italian small plates with a modern twist. Expect dishes like braised crispy pork belly with sautéed kale and a 'Not Scotch Egg' with a runny yolk wrapped in warm mozzarella and Italian sausage. Stop by and say welcome to the neighbourhood. [EW]

YALETOWN — The Westender reports that La Bodega will be closing its doors this weekend after 43 years of delicious tapas service as its co-owner José Rivas is turning 72 later this month and has decided to retire. Stop by on Sunday for the last service to say thank you and happy retirement. [WE]

KITSILANO — A reminder that it's the annual Khatsalano festival on Saturday from 11a.m. till 9p.m. across ten city blocks from Burrard to Macdonald along West 4th. This year, thanks to the BC liquor license changes will see outdoor beer gardens for the first time, along with 40 food trucks, 50 live bands and plenty of giveaways and activities. [EW]