Two well-known restaurants on Vancouver's West Side, Lumií¨re and db Bistro Moderne, will close on March 13.
General manager Chris Gonzalez confirmed the news in an e-mail to the Georgia Straight. He added that any comments would have to come from either co-owner David Sidoo or Georgette Farkas, spokesperson for renowned international chef Daniel Boulud, who, in 2008, made these two establishments his first Canadian dining operations.
Boulud's French-inspired menu at Lumií¨re is overseen by executive chef Dale MacKay. He replaced celebrated Vancouver chef Rob Feenie after he had a dispute with Sidoo.
The B.C. restaurant industry has been battered in the past seven months by the introduction of the harmonized sales tax, which added a five-percent provincial levy to the cost of a meal. In addition, new drinking-and-driving penalties have scared many restaurant patrons away from ordering drinks with their meals.
There's no word on whether or not these provincial policies contributed to the demise of the two restaurants, which are in the 2500 block of West Broadway.
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