On July 6, Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery announced on social media that it “silently reopened” for dine-in at its Vancouver location.
The vegan establishment noted that it wants to “test the waters”, adding that it “feels so good” to have its clientele back in the restaurant.
“Your support during these two years has been nothing short but amazing,” Aleph Eatery wrote, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic that started in 2020.
The pandemic resulted in many public-health restrictions that impacted businesses, especially the food industry.
“Every takeout and delivery order kept these doors open and we are very grateful for that,” the Aleph Eatery stated.
The vegan restaurant opened in 2017 at 1889 Powell Street, and it is owned by husband-and-wife team Haitham El Khatib and Fiona Hepher.
“Coming out from this pandemic, we'd like to focus more on the things that matter most to us: our people and our food.”
It also mentioned challenges facing the restaurant industry.
“This industry is getting harder by the day, raising produce prices, shortage of workforce, smaller margins,” Aleph Eatery explained.
On August 2, the Restaurant Business Broker agency announced that the business of Aleph Eatery is for sale.
The asking price for the business, which comes with a liquor licence, is $199,000.