Northern Pacific Mexican restaurant Fayuca shutters in Yaletown to relocate in Mount Pleasant

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      While a Latin American restaurant may have shut down in Yaletown, it’s not the end of the story for this dining establishment.

      Co-owners Ernesto Gomez and chef Jair Tellez launched Fayuca in 2017. The 3,000-square-foot space at 1009 Hamilton Street in Yaletown housed up to 120 diners with an additional 25 seats on the patio.


      The menu drew inspiration from northern Mexican cuisine, particularly from the Pacific-coast region, with selections that ran the gamut from grilled cactus with Halloumi cheese, avocado, and charred salsa verde to lamb belly barbacoa with roasted butternut squash.

      Among its seafood dishes were black ink rice with seafood chorizo, king prawns, and crispy broccoli; Qualicum Bay scallops ceviche with fermented beet-jicame aguachile; and sockeye salmon tostada with fried parsnips and charred serano.  


      After the restaurant celebrated its second anniversary on June 12, it had its final service on June 23.

      But fear not, culinary sunseekers, for all is not lost.

      Fayuca announced that it is only temporarily closed and is relocating to a new location at Main Street in Mount Pleasant (the specific address hasn't been announced yet), which will open this autumn.

      Fayuca x Bullock Lake Farm

      To tide fans over in the interim, Fayuca will be collaborating for a third year with Bullock Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island (360 Upper Ganges Road) to hold dinners on August 3 and 4. It’s $75 a head (with wine-paired menu prices to be determined) and reservations can be made online.

      Meanwhile, Fayuca’s ownership group, which also runs the local Lebanese chainlet Nuba, will open a new establishment in Fayuca’s location this month so stay tune for new developments.


      The temporary closure took place just before another local Latin American restaurant, Cacao Vancouver, permanently closed its doors in Kitsilano.

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