Armand Tencha graduated from Aboriginal BEST in Vancouver in 2011, and then with his partner Jeff Jefkins opened a European-style restaurant on Powell Street in Vancouver to rave reviews. When Jeff’s job went poof in early 2012, the two decided to switch gears and fulfill something they had nattered about to friends and family for years. And Lily Mae’s was born.
After seven years of living in Gastown, it just made sense to have their restaurant in the neighbourhood. They are passionate about their neighbourhood, describing it as a village within a city. People say hi on the street and talk to visit one another. And while there are many wonderful restaurants and coffee houses in the neighbourhood, they saw a need for a space that was quaint, homey and approachable – offering good food, in a cozy atmosphere, at a fair price.