UBC’s Perch Restaurant Closes After Six Months


VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia’s upscale eatery, Perch, has closed its doors.

Perch opened in September 2015 as a non-profit restaurant run by the AMS Student Society. The menu, designed by chef de cuisine Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson, formerly of the Pear Tree restaurant, featured items such as bison short ribs and kale Caesar salad.

The team decided to close the restaurant because the traffic required to fund the restaurant did not materialize. “It was a very difficult decision to close Perch,” says Aaron Bailey, AMS president. “If you had a chance to eat at Perch, you know the food and the service was incredible. The Perch team is extremely talented and worked hard to create a truly unique dining experience.”

The AMS is currently working to conceptualize the best long-term use of the space, but in the meantime, the space will be available as a rental venue for private parties, weddings and conferences, with food provided through the AMS Conferences + Catering.

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