It is with great sadness that I am writing to tell you that as of January 1, 2019 Wild Rice will shut its doors.
Unfortunately the climate in the Lower Mainland for independently owned and operated restaurants is not good and worsening. We are all familiar with our high cost of living which is reflected in higher rents, increasing food costs and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff. This not only affects Wild Rice’s bottom line, but the increasing costs of living also affects all of us. Sadly, many of our guests now have less disposable income to spend on discretionary things like restaurant dining.
After many, many sleepless nights, crunching numbers and speaking with people whose opinion I trust; I made the very difficult decision to close the restaurant. Unfortunately it is no longer viable in our current economic climate.
I will leave with the satisfaction of knowing that together we created something very special at Wild Rice, and despite having to close, I will always treasure that knowledge. I hope you will as well.
Thank you for your years of support and for believing in Wild Rice.