Legendary Italian restaurant Cioppino’s is closing

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      Why can’t we have nice things?

      Seriously, though.

      It seems like every recent restaurant closure in Vancouver has come down to one thing: the cost of rent. It’s not just residents that are feeling the pinch of this city’s absurd property prices—it’s businesses, too. And we’ve lost some really good things because of it.

      The latest to decide it’s all too much? Beloved Italian restaurant Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca in Yaletown.

      Helmed by celebrated chef and founder Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s was one of the last of Vancouver’s fine dining OGs.

      “The lease is up in October,” Posteraro says to the Straight in an email. “After 25 glorious years, we shall close, choosing not to entertain to renew the lease.”

      Cioppino’s will close on December 21.

      Posteraro says that there are no current plans to open something new elsewhere, and that the focus is on “finishing strong in the last eight months.”

      When asked if he has anything else he’d like to share with the Straight’s readers, his message is a simple one: “I would like to tell readers to support the restaurant community during these difficult times.”