Unfortunately, the Kitsilano dining scene has lost a Latin American establishment.
Venezuelan-born chef Jefferson Alvarez and business partners Marcela and Andrea Ramirez opened Cacao Vancouver in 2016 at 1898 West 1st Avenue (in the former location of the Epicurean Caffe which had opened back in 1993).
The 30-seat Cacao focused on progressive Latin cusine that employed European culinary techniques with influences from countries ranging from Brazil and Peru to Colombia and Venezuela.
Their roving menu spanned dishes such as shrimp-stuffed jalapeño, wild boar with green mole, smoked elk tartare, beef tongue taco, duck confit with mamchamanteles (mole), and beef asado with chimichurri and yucca.
In August 2018, the restaurant launched Cacao Upstairs, a 20-seat bar on the floor above the restaurant, with a focus on drinks and sharing plates.
But this year on July 3, the restaurant announced on social media that it was closed until further notice for building repairs.
However, Cacao Vancouver later announced on July 16 that it was shutting down.
“It’s been an amazing journey and a wonderful experience,” the restaurant stated. “Thanks to all your support through these years. Didn’t ended how we wanted but, it’s time for us to move on.”
The Georgia Straight has contacted the restaurant for more information.
The closure of Cacao Vancouver is unrelated to the closure of the Quebec-based chocolate bistro chain Cacao 70, which shut down its West End location in May.