VANCOUVER — Earlier this year, John Bishop announced he was closing Bishop’s on August 1 after 35 years as one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants. But COVID-19 has changed that and Bishop’s will now remain open until the end of the year.
“Just before COVID-19 arrived, we announced we were closing and I wanted to give our customers the chance to dine with us one last time,” says Bishop. “We were even going to organize special theme nights as a way to celebrate and thank our customers. Then along came COVID-19 and suddenly, like everyone else, we were closed. Now that we’re open again, albeit with social distancing, we want to give our customers the chance to join us and say good-bye. In fact, our customers have said the new social distancing with fewer tables is more romantic with just 20 guests rather than our usual 40. Who knew there could be a silver lining to a pandemic, but there you go, love always seems to find a way.”
Bishop said his iconic farm-to-table restaurant in Kitsilano now offers two 20-person sittings, Tuesday to Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. Takeout is also available for those who are more comfortable enjoying Bishop’s at home.
“We’re going to make the most of the next five months so that when we finally close our doors at the end of the year, we have absolutely no regrets,” adds Bishop. “We’re going to have a great time, we’re going to cook some fabulous food and we’re going to enjoy our customers and show them how much we appreciate their friendship and business over the past 35 years.”