Tea-time lovers and aficionados have a mere few days left to pay a visit to a family-run Fairview tearoom and bid their adieus before it closes down to make way for a new kitchen appliance store.
Soffee Café, located at 1426 West 8Th Avenue off Hemlock Street near the South Granville shopping district, features traditionally appointed living-room décor in a 1,000 square foot space that seats about 20 people.
The quaint and under-the-radar spot, opened in 2015, specializes in serving afternoon and high tea with a variety of options.
Co-owner Andy Chen, who runs the business with his mother Sophia, told the Georgia Straight by phone that each item on their tea service set menus is treated as an individual dish.
The menu also includes paninis, salads, soups, crepes, French toast, waffles, pastries and desserts, and more (which aren't currently listed on the website).
Chen said they placed emphasis on creating healthy food items, including using organic ingredients whenever possible, certified Fairtrade organic espresso beans from local roaster Casa del Caffe, and premium loose-leaf tea from Paris.
Alas, the café is set to close on Sunday (November 5).
The space will be taken over by Thermomix Canada, which will open at the location later this month. The German-based company's all-in-one kitchen appliance, which Soffee Café used for their menu items, features 12 functions including blending, kneading, chopping, steaming, and cooking.
Chen said they're taking reservations until Sunday. As everything is baked the same day it's served, reservations 24-hour in advance is recommended.
While Chen said that numerous patrons have told him that they've been in "mourning" since hearing about the impending closure, there is hope. He said that he and his mother will help out with the new business before taking a break to consider their next steps thereafter.
"Potentially in the future, we are thinking of maybe having something very similar," he said. "This most likely won't be the last of Soffee Café."
Chen said that they have been grateful to have the opportunity to serve Vancouverites during the teahouse's short run.
"We really thank them for their constant support and loyalty," he said. "They've been an extension of our family and especially in our tea room, which is kind of an extension of their living room as well."