As recently reported by Scout Magazine two of Kitsilano’s fine dining establishments are set to close their doors on March 13th. The article examines the reasons behind the scheduled closures:
“We’re sorry to break the news that the owners of Lumiere and DB Bistro have given their staff two weeks notice and that the two restaurants will be closing on March 13th. I recently wrote somewhere – either here or in a paper or magazine – that there would be plenty of restaurant casualties in 2011, but I assumed – wrongly as it turns out – that Daniel Boulud’s two Canadian outposts would weather the storm. Why? Because protecting and projecting the viability of a growing global brand is smart, and closing after just two yearsâ€¦well, it just looks ugly.”
Read Scout’s full article here.
It sad to see that fine dining is not fitting in the coffee shop, pub dominated Kitsilano scene. I would assume the Kits residents that live in million dollar plus condos and homes would be regulars at restaurants such as Lumiere, but perhaps not. It appears the recession is still affecting the restaurant business especially here in Kits.
What do you think was the cause, or final straw for the owners to shut down Lumiere and DB Bistro?
Last modified: February 28, 2011