Kitsilano's well-regarded French-Japanese restaurant Mak N Ming stunned fans when owners announced they have closed the place down.
Mak N Ming, which was located at 1629 Yew Street, was small but mighty. The 28-seater with a minimalist design could perhaps read as out-of-place in the neighbourhood, but it also elevated the options in the area.
Known for its seasonally-conscious set menus showcasing the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest, Mak N Ming was the first solo restaurant venture for husband-and-wife chef duo Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng.
In October 2017, Mak N Ming was the only B.C. restaurant that made the final list of Canada's Best New Restaurants as deemed by EnRoute Magazine in the esteemed annual awards.
Now, however, the tiny restaurant in Kits is no more - but Ono and Cheng hint that just because this Mak N Ming is gone it doesn't mean they're gone for good.
"Big news!! We’ve decided to close Mak N Ming restaurant. With all that has happened this past year we’ve decided to focus on bigger opportunities. Literally BIGGER as you know Mak N Ming was only 800 sq ft," reads the restaurant's closing announcement on social media.
It appears we may know sooner than later what the chefs have up their sleeves: "We’re really excited about the future and hope to share details with you soon. Hopefully before summer ends," they continue.
Ono and Cheng also expressed deep appreciation to their customers and supporters: "THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported us these past 4 years. To all our regulars and friends who always recommended us and spoke so kindly of us, we really appreciate you and hope to see you soon. THANKS to everyone who’s helped make this little dream of ours, we will always cherish the good memories."