Jules Bistro is closing down after more than 15 years

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      Gastown’s beloved French brasserie Jules Bistro has announced it’s closing its doors after more than 15 years.

      Inspired by the elegant, casual, and cozy eateries of Paris, Jules has been serving up French comfort food (think: steak frites; French onion soup; steak tartare) since 2007. Its last service will be on December 31.

      “Jules has been a labour of love for me since day one, and making the decision to bid farewell is a bittersweet one,” says chef and owner Emmanuel Joinville in a statement. “It is with deep gratitude and love that I embark on the next adventure and enjoy semi-retirement. I won’t say it’s the end, but jusqu’a la prochaine fois—until the next time.”

      Originally from Dijon, France, Joinville began his cooking career as an apprentice at Chateau Bourgogne (three Michelin Stars) in 1981, working his way up the culinary ladder ever since. He named Jules for his son, and has spent the past 16 years bringing his expertise to happy diners in Vancouver.

      Those sad to see it go have another six weeks to dine there; reservations are recommended and can be made here.