Vancouver’s first bike cafe, Tandem Cafe, is closing its doors at the end of this September.
The 3195 Heather Street cafe is known for its bicycle service with an in-house cafe serving up local offerings like North Shore’s Moja Coffee, pastries from Miss T’s Bakery, and bread from Swiss Bakery.
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A note posted on the door of the cafe explained that the food and beverage side of the business will be shuttering at the end of the month (September).
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The full note read:
Dear Customers, neighbours and friends,
It saddens us to say we will be closing the cafe side at the end of this month.
Our ‘partner’ Clint John, has decided not to continue our business together. He wants the whole business for himself and so has made a new lease with the landlord, Benny Wong.
Our current lease, which we had a 5 year option to renew, would have ensured we were both able to continue our businesses, however, Benny has decided to not honour this lease and strike a new deal with Clint, leaving us out.
We can’t believe this is happening. We are shocked, saddened, and outraged that someone who we’ve worked with for the past 5 years is capable of doing this.
This has been our business and how we support our family. We want you all to know we don’t want to go.
This is our neighbourhood, our community, and will be sad to lose our connection with each one of you.
If you feel angry and upset, please know you are not alone.
Thank you for all your support.
Daily Hive has reached out to the owners of the bike servicing portion of the business and this was their response to the public closure note.