Vancouver’s Granville Strip will be losing one of its longest running restaurants.
ShuRaku Sake Bar & Bistro (833 Granville Street) has announced that it will be closing its doors after 10 years of operations. Its last day of service takes place on September 29, 2018.
The dining establishment originally opened as Kitto Japanese House in 1990, before rebranding as Vancouver’s first sake bar in 2008. The popular watering-hole is known for its wide selection of artisan sake, which are best paired with the bistro’s shared plates.
It offers a lunch and dinner menu that features fresh sashimi and sushi, and an assortment of Japanese tapas. Wines and other libations are also available at the eatery.
In a press statement, ShuRaku’s owner Iori Kataoka attributes its upcoming closure to an extreme shortage of staff. She states that new immigration policies and increased living expenses have worsened the situation for the family-owned business.
“It is our sincere hope to see all of our friends one last time before we close our doors, so please make a reservation and come by so we can wish everyone well and thank you for your continued support,” the statement read.
ShuRaku’s upscale sister restaurant, Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (2775 West 16th Avenue), will continue to operate normally. It rebranded from Zest Japanese Cuisine last year, offering a new concept and atmosphere.