Rocky Mountain Flatbread is closing its Kitsilano restaurant after 16 years

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      Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, has announced that it is closing its original Vancouver location, at 1876 West 1st Avenue.

      In an open letter released by email today (May 20), co-owners Suzanne and Dominic Fielden said the Kitsilano closure will not affect any of its other operations, including its restaurant at 4186 Main Street in Vancouver.

      The pizza, pasta, salad, and soup restaurant also has two Alberta restaurants, in Calgary and Canmore (its first, in 2003). The company also sells frozen pizzas in grocery stores throughout Western Canada,

      The Kitsilano shuttering, after 16 years, will take place on May 29, according to the letter.

      The letter did not give a specific reason for closing the doors for good on West 1st Avenue, but it did offer the following:

      "We are also going to further pursue opportunities and interests in community food security such as Suzanne’s EarthBites school garden program and Chef Oliver’s hydroponic farming. That can only be done by freeing up time in our lives and downsizing a bit."

      There was no response when the Straight attempted to contact Suzanne Fielden by phone on the afternoon of May 20.

      The community-minded chain—with its "farm to pizza" philosophy, its use of home-grown greens, and its many vegan and vegetarian options—sold an enormous number of pizzas in Kitsilano, the letter said.

      Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

      "During those 16 years we have literally made and served over a million pizzas from ingredients sourced from over 50 local farmers, donated thousands of meals to worthy causes, launched a brilliant frozen pizza brand and taught over 75,000 kids how to make their favourite pizza.

      "And do not forget the 30 000 students in VSB schools we have worked with to create their own productive school gardens," the letter continued, "where they work with our urban farmers and nutritionists to grow their own food through EarthBites. "

      Until May 29, the restaurant says it will sell a stock of about 1,000 frozen pizzas for pickup at a suggested price of $5 each. The fundraiser is for its nonprofit EarthBites school garden program.