Diners who love spicy food are bemoaning the news that one of their favourite restaurants is closing down after 20 years in Burnaby.
Hi Genki was known as a hidden gem because it operated out of a seniors care home, serving the residents and the general public.
It was known for its spicy karaage dish, but served many other fine Japanese dishes.
“I’m just devastated to hear this,” wrote a customer on an Instagram post about the closure. “This is one of my go-to dishes when I eat out.”
The owners posted that the closure will be on April 30, but will still serve the residents until July.
“It is with great sadness to announce that we will be closing Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant,” reads the post. “It's been a wonderful 20 years of serving the residents of Nikkei Home and the greater community. To Nikkei Home - thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your food provider and for your supportive partnership since the beginning.
“To our staff - we could not have made it to this point without your hard work. We are so grateful to all of you, especially to those who have been with us for many many years. We couldn't have tackled the biggest challenges of the pandemic without you.
“To our customers - we truly appreciate the love that we received from you over the years. You made us a unique ‘hidden gem’ in Burnaby that brought customers in from all over. Your positive feedback and encouragement kept us going through the tough times … We hope that one day we will be able to serve you some more Spicy Karaage. This isn't a goodbye but goodbye for now.”
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