DINER: “Au Petit Chavignol” Closes After Four Delicious Years At 843 East Hastings

by Andrew Morrison | I’m very sad to report that Au Petit Chavignol has closed. I just got a call from Joe Chaput, who summed up the decision to shutter with characteristic frankness, “We had a lot of great customers, just not enough of them.” A message on their website reads:

We would like to let you know that we’ve made the decision to close Au Petit Chavignol effective immediately. After four wonderful years, we would like to thank our guests for their amazing support.

We feel that the time is right to move on to new opportunities and growth within les amis du FROMAGE, and we look forward to sharing more details with you at a later date.

Alice, Allison, Joe and all of our wonderful staff thank you for your patronage.

The little charcuterie, cheese and wine bar next door to Les Amis du Fromage at 843 East Hastings made one of the best cheeseburgers in town (my personal favourite), superb frites, gooey Croques, excellent fondues and raclettes, and other cheesy things besides. The restaurant is umbilically tied to Les Amis (Au Petit’s kitchen is Les Amis’ production kitchen), so I reckon there’s a fair chance that it will either return or give rise to something different. In the meantime, however, it will be missed.

6 Responses to “DINER: “Au Petit Chavignol” Closes After Four Delicious Years At 843 East Hastings”

  1. travis on April 2nd, 2013 5:40 pm

    that’s too bad, I must agree, one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, as well as an under appreciated, decadent brunch.

  2. Shannon Blakeman on April 2nd, 2013 6:15 pm

    Nooooooo!!! Where will I get my Mac & Cheese fix now?

    From the article it souns like Les Amis Du Fromage next door is staying open – is that correct? In addition to their many delicious cheeses, they have all kinds of wonderful frozen takeout meals.

  3. Steve Sakai on April 2nd, 2013 8:22 pm

    Shame.
    One of our favorite places for a dependable meal.

    Best of luck in the future.

    Cheers.

  4. kate on April 3rd, 2013 12:10 pm

    to be fair, the quality of the food they were serving in the last while was super crappy. maybe a better resto will open up there that’s not too expensive! fingers crossed.

  5. Ripley on April 3rd, 2013 8:43 pm

    I’m really sad to hear that, Au Petit Chavignol was something special. Fantastic brunch, great cheese, very reasonable prices… and you could take home any cheese available in Les Amis next door, even late at night.

    Best of luck in the future and thank you for a lot of great memories.

  6. doug janzen on April 6th, 2013 3:04 pm

    Sad news but maybe both Au Petit and Les Amis would work better in downtown New Westminster and you could ship by Skytrain ……