Popular Metro Vancouver eatery to close due to increasing operation costs

Dec 14 2018, 11:50 am

One of Metro Vancouver’s most beloved Asian-inspired eateries has announced it will be closing soon.

Wild Rice Market Bistro, located in the River Market in New West, has been a staple for locals and visitors at the popular multi-venue market.

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Known for its epic eats like crispy chicken skin,Ā Siu Mai dumplings, and rice and poke bowls, the eatery’s owner, Andrew Wong, said his reason for closing the business is the increasing cost of operating a small restaurant.

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ā€œUnfortunately the climate in the Lower Mainland for independently owned and operated restaurants is not good and seems to be worsening,” said Wong. “Most restaurants work with very small margins. We are all familiar with the high cost of living which is reflected in increasing rents and also results in our patrons have less disposable income to spend on discretionary things like restaurants.”

Wild Rice’s last day of service will be on New Year’s Eve, after which it will be shutting its doors for good on January 1, 2019.


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