Beloved Burnaby restaurant closed due to coronavirus ‘uncertainty’


There I was doing background research for this Battle of Burnaby blog and was heartbroken.

I was of course going to include Cozmos Café in Hastings and Sperling on my list of great places to have breakfasts. I had amazing meals there with wonderful service.

But now I found out that Cozmos recently shut down forever.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the permanent closure of Cozmos Cafe with immediate effect,” reads the restaurant’s Instagram account. “With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we have decided not to renew our lease. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 8 years, we have truly appreciated it and will miss you all.

That’s the problem with these leases – it takes a long commitment and based on the last two years of restrictions – which were unfortunately necessary – it must have been a difficult decision to decide if it was worth it.

The pandemic has seen restaurants take an absolute beating because many people have simply not felt safe due to the spread of COVID-19. Things had improved last year when Omicron appeared.

Small independent restaurants have really suffered because they don’t have the kind of financial support that big restaurant chains have.

Cozmos as I said was such a nice place to eat, with many fine Greek dishes as well as other lunch and breakfast options. The place had a great atmosphere and friendly service. I lived only five minutes away and it was always a good place to stop for a quick bite.

This follows a series of recent restaurant closures in Burnaby, with Zeus and Chez Meme in Hastings and Taiwanese restaurant Pearl House in Edmonds to name three.

A survey of OpenTable restaurants in November 2021 indicated that 70% of restaurant owners and managers approach 2022 with optimism, reporting increased demand for reservations and increased restaurant spending.

But things have changed with Omicron.

“Data from OpenTable shows that Canadian restaurants saw a decline in diners seated in January,” said Matt Davis, OpenTable country manager for Canada. “We’ve also known since the fall that Canadians look forward to dining out when they feel confident.”

Hopefully the restaurants can hold out until then.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.


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