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Waterfront Cafe closes down for good, post-COVID-19

Waterfront cafe is closing down.
Image Credit: INSTAGRAM/Waterfront Cafe
June 10, 2020 - 1:19 PM

Well-loved Kelowna eatery Waterfront Cafe announced its closure this week.

“We want to take this time to thank our amazing community for your support over the past few years. Having been closed since March 30, we are sad to announce that Waterfront Cafe will not be re-opening,” the restaurant announced through an Instagram post this week.

“Thank you all for the memories - it was a pleasure to have been a part of your daily lives.”

The catering arm of the business will continue and sister-business Waterfront Wines is also still up and running.


While they haven't said the closure is COVID-19 related, Mark Filatow is the chef behind both restaurants and in a recent interview, said that this time has created serious challenges in his industry.

“Restaurants make their money when they’re busy and full,” Filatow said. “How many can operate at 50 per cent capacity…. We only have from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to do business, so how will we generate enough business to stay afloat?”

“Will we do a blend of what we’re doing now and opening or will we keep doing the delivery system?” he said.

“It’s going to require money and at a certain point the question will be how much and for how long? The danger for us in the Okanagan is we generally make our living in the summer and that gets us through the winter, so if we don’t have a busy summer, then how do we make it through the winter without topping up.”

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