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A 'bittersweet' ending: Popular Vancouver restaurant closes abruptly

The owners of a Coal Harbour restaurant announced Wednesday (July 20) the abrupt and immediate closure of their much-loved breakfast spot .
6 Degrees, a breakfast and brunch restaurant in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood, announced it was closing immediately.

The owners of a Coal Harbour restaurant announced Wednesday (July 20) the abrupt and immediate closure of their much-loved breakfast spot.

"While bittersweet, we are sad to announce that today will be the last day of operation at 6 Degrees," shared restaurateurs Karen Ho and Iain Bell on social media.

The concept for 6 Degrees began when Ho and Bell wanted to create a community hub with great coffee and pastries but soon expanded their vision to create a restaurant specializing in breakfast fare. 

Popular dishes include a thick French Toast, classic bacon-and-eggs, and a smoked salmon Benny they cheekily named "Fishing for a Compliment."

Ho and Bell, however, already have another project on the go, so while 6 Degrees is no more, another restaurant is in the works.

"We are ecstatic to be gearing up to our open sister restaurant Archer" on Alberni," shared the 6 Degrees owners in their farewell message.

Announced this spring, Archer finds Ho and Bell teamed up with local chef Clement Chan. Chan is best known for being the original Le Tigre food truck co-founder; the boundary-pushing mobile concept led Chan to co-found the award-winning Torafuku.

The result, as planned, will be a modern restaurant with an emphasis on regional fare. 

Diners are promised "a journey through the coasts and waters of the Pacific Northwest, highlighting the bounty of the region’s talented farmers, fisherfolk, and producers" with the Archer menu, which will pay tribute to "the diverse cultures and flavours of Canada," according to a media release.

Archer has been aiming to be open this summer, so expect to hear more soon.

In the meantime, Ho and Bell are offering their parting words from 6 Degrees. "We would like to thank everyone for the love and support through the ups and downs in the past 7 years. We are not saying goodbye, but see you soon. Stay tuned for our next chapter at Archer."