After more than 20 years of serving up traditional French fare, a Kitsilano restaurant will close its doors later this month.
Bistro Pastis owner Stefen Langford announced Wednesday that the restaurant will close its doors for the last time Aug. 19.
“I have enjoyed meeting so many new people and wonderful customers, especially while realizing my dream of owning my own restaurant,” Langford said. “It has been an exciting time, however brief.”
Langford bought the West Fourth restaurant from John Blakeley, who opened the eatery in 1998.
He said he always dreamed of owning a restaurant after working at the now-closed Orestes on West Broadway in his youth. He also worked for a time at Bridges and the Four Seasons.
He says that while the restaurant still books up for holidays and special occasions, it’s seen a decreasing number of customers on regular days. That combined with the increasing cost of doing business led Langford to make the difficult decision to close the restaurant.
“I would like to thank my customers, employees past and present, and suppliers, many of whom have been so helpful to me,” he said.