Mission restaurant in Kitsilano to close this month

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It’s the end of a brief era for Mission. The Kitsilano restaurant announced this weekend they would be closing for good on May 13.

Mission opened in mid-2015, and was the first chef-owner venture for Curtis Luk, who may be familiar to die hard Canadian food fans thanks to his appearance on season 2 of Top Chef Canada.

Mission Kitsilano/Facebook

It was on Top Chef Canada where Luk met fellow-cheftestant Trevor Bird. Luk came on board with Bird at Fable, also on 4th Avenue in Kits, before migrating across the way to launch his own project. Before Mission, Luk also ran the kitchen at the now-shuttered vegetarian spot The Parker.

Mission was a critical darling when it opened, serving up a tasting menu-only option for diners. Eventually they revamped the menu, but have now opted to call it quits.

“So sad to announce Mission will be closing May 13,” the restaurant posted on their bar’s Instagram account.

Mission is located at 2042 4th Avenue.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com