Big Lou's Butcher Shop has been a popular sandwich spot near Oppenheimer Park for the past four-and-a-half years, thanks to its homemade recipes.
But this past weekend, it shut its doors at 269 Powell Street, according to its Facebook page.
It was linked to a scandal involving a founding partner, Allan Bosomworth, who was charged with spying on patrons visiting the washroom at the now-defunct Two Chefs & A Table at 305 Alexander Street.
"The legal issues around one of Big Lou’s founding partners have been well-documented over the last two-plus years," the company states. "Quite simply, the financial and personal costs of dealing with those issues have made the Big Lou’s business unsustainable, and with the expiration of the lease at 269 Powell Street, it was time to close the shop."
In January, Bosomworth was given a suspended sentence and ordered to do 12 months probation. Big Lou's was founded by Bosomworth and Karl Gregg.
In 2011, the Straight reported that the name Big Lou's referred to a Salt Spring Island butcher who taught meat-cutting to Gregg in his teenage years.
In the meantime, Big Lou's is promising pop-up events in the future.
"We’ll treasure the friends we made, and we remain very proud of the awards that we won and the many kind words that were sent our way," the Facebook page states.