Kitsilano’s ‘Progressive Latin’ Cacao restaurant has officially closed after nearly three years at 1898 West 1st Avenue. Co-owner/chef Jefferson Alvarez just sent me the following note explaining some unfortunate circumstances that hastened the end:
It was one of the best experiences of our lives. One of those experiences where you leave part of your soul and your heart. It was three years of creating and cooking with all of our LOVE and PASSION, motivated by a deep respect for our Latin roots and the desire to share all this Latin complexity and richness in Vancouver.
CACAO was growing, just strengthening its roots. We were still in that fragile process when a fracture started in the water pipe below the ground and this water was affecting the building next door. It was almost 4 weeks that we had to be closed for service until the problem of the water leak was completely resolved.
This 4-week forced closure was too much for the fragile economic situation of CACAO. We did not had the resources to support this situation, this season being one of the best ones of the year, right in the summer. We had a wonderful location with a beautiful patio, but unable to provide service. We were forced to cancel reservations and private parties without being able to reschedule because we did not know at that moment when we could open again.
It was like an avalanche of situations that were happening very quickly until they finally led us to have no other option. We were forced to sell the restaurant.
Life is full of perfection at every moment and this is no exception. It closes a beautiful chapter in our lives. We are happy because we gave our everything, we gave ourselves completely giving the best of us in CACAO. We are grateful to all the people who accompanied us from the beginning.
Thank you all for your love. We are open to new opportunities to continue sharing our talent and our great LOVE and PASSION for cooking.
Previously, the location was home to the Epicurean for 23 years. It should be interesting to see what happens next for the address, not to mention for Jefferson, Marcela, Matthew and the rest of the team. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing them the best of luck moving forward.