Sad news foodies. The Dish, believed to be Vancouver’s longest LGBT-owned and -operated restaurant, will close by the end of October.
The legendary restaurant opened in Vancouver 25 years ago, but was sold to new owners about 18 months ago.
Writing on Facebook, the owners announced that despite their efforts to keep the establishment alive, it will sadly be closing.
“When we bought The Dish 18 months ago, we saw what a hidden gem it was and thought we could make the restaurant profitable again.
“We gave the staff promotions and pay raises. We started a bonus program. We renovated the interior.
“We spent thousands on delayed maintenance and bought new equipment such as a food processor, a water heater, a freezer, a refrigerator, and an espresso machine.
“We improved the recipes and updated our offerings. We introduced vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free menus. We earned high ratings in customer reviews.”
But it seems this was all to no avail, and now the owners have made the decision to close.
“We think it’s a shame that Vancouver’s longest operating LGBT-owned and -operated restaurant is closing.
“We are extremely grateful for all the guests we’ve served and the friends we’ve made. Thank you!”
The Dish is located at 1068 Davie Street, near the southwest corner of Davie and Thurlow streets.
It is just one of a growing number of restaurants that have closed in recent years due to rising rents and labour market challenges.