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Beloved Vancouver Vietnamese spot to close permanently after 25 years

Farewell, and thanks for all the curry beef stew and banh mi

A longstanding staple in Vancouver's Vietnamese dining scene is bringing things to an end after 25 years.

Au Petit Cafe, located on Main Street in the Riley Park-Little Mountain neighbourhood, has been home to authentic Vietnamese fare since 1995.

The restaurant was a next-generation iteration of a similar one run by the Trinh family in Chinatown in the 1980s. Do Minh Trinh, son of the founders, has been running Au Petit Cafe for the last several years.

Known for dishes like beef stew noodle soup, curry beef stew, and banh mi, the pink hole-in-the-wall Au Petit Cafe has been a go-to for many in the neighbourhood and the city.

Food fans mourning the loss of Au Petit Cafe have fond memories of the restaurant's comforting soups and stews and their top-ranked sandwiches on crusty French bread. 

The restaurant has been closed to dine-in customers since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced B.C. and the City of Vancouver to require restaurants to temporarily suspend usual operations. 

We've reached out to Trinh to find out what prompted the decision to close permanently.

In the meantime, you can look back on Au Petit Cafe as covered in 2014 by the Vancouver Courier.