Longtime downtown Vancouver restaurant Tommy O’s Pacific Rim Bistro will close permanently this weekend, though the owner is working to keep the Camas location open.
Owner Tom Owens announced the closure on Facebook on Friday morning and attributed the closure in part to the opening of The Waterfront Vancouver. He wrote that the new development decreased customer support and increased the cost of doing business, making the restaurant’s closure inevitable.
“As the saying goes, ‘All good things must end.’ I have come to the end of mine,” Owens wrote. “With sadness in my heart after 25 years of service to the Vancouver downtown area and beyond.”
The downtown Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St., opened in 2002 as a successor to the Aloha Cafe, a deli operated by Owens from 1994 to 2002. It has long been considered a Vancouver staple, and the news of the closure on Facebook was met with a rapid outpouring of replies from customers thanking Owens and expressing sadness to see the restaurant close.
“You have contributed so much to Vancouver and it’s Renaissance,” wrote Joanna Fitzwilson on the Facebook post. “Tommy O’s is a modern landmark. Your sign needs to remain downtown like Portland’s White Stag sign. We will miss you.”