Kitsilano restaurateur John Blakeley has been serving some of Vancouver’s finest French food for 18 years at Bistro Pastis.

But next month, a new owner will take over the elegant and popular restaurant at 2153 West 4th Avenue.

In a phone interview with the Straight, Blakeley said he decided to sell his restaurant after he celebrated his 60th birthday.

Pastis’ new owner is Stefen Langford, a former Best Buy Canada marketing executive who grew up in Kitsilano. He told the Straight that Bistro Pastis will continue serving fine French food.

It’s been Langford’s dream to own a restaurant since he was a 19-year-old busboy working at the now-defunct greek restaurant Orestes.

Langford also estimated that there could be as much as $50 million or $60 million in annual restaurant sales in the three-block area of West 4th Avenue extending from Arbutus to Burrard Street. Impressive.

Last modified: January 1, 2017

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