This weekend will be the final brunch at an East Van eatery established by Vancouver Island craft coffee roasters.
Victoria-based Bows and Arrows Coffee Roasters opened its first restaurant-café, Bows X Arrows, at 4194 Fraser Street in August 2016.
The restaurant featured oak floors with modern Scandinavian and West Coast design influences, including wood furniture and a custom 26-foot-long solid fir communal table.
In addition to its coffee program, the location also served cocktails, craft beer on tap, cider, and wine.
The brunch menu offers items such as vegan almond museli (with plums, seeds, and almond milk), tartiflette (potatoes, leeks gruyere, ham, poached egg, greens), chickpea chorizo bowl (with spiced tomato, kale, and bread), smoked chicken spaetzle (with cabbage, celery root, and soft-poached egg), spelt crepes (with bacon, cheese sauce, kale, soft-poached egg, and puffed wild rice), and—a brunch requisite—eggs benedict (with buttermilk biscuits).
Owner Drew Johnson announced on social media on August 16 that the restaurant is being sold off.
"The choice to sell BXA Fraser has been very hard, as we have had excellent humans who have been here with us everyday and have worked for one another and towards what we wanted to be for the neighborhood," he stated. "That many have been able to move into new, better, opportunities is very satisfying. But, I won't lie, this is hard and it hurts, too. Love to everyone past and present. You've taught me so much."
However, all is not lost, for he also hinted that Victoria "might get a new joint, soon enough".