Monashee’s closing doors

After nearly eight years in business, Monashee’s Bar and Grill, wrapped up Saturday

The last pint of beer has been poured, but the popular pizzas are still available.

After nearly eight years in business, Monashee’s Bar and Grill, on the corner of 30th Avenue and 30th Street, closed its doors for good after last call Saturday night.

“The cost of food, labour problems, the increasing number of restaurants. Overall it’s a tough market for a restaurant,” said Monashee’s owner Steve Pauls of the reasons for closing the downtown establishment.

Pauls is going to expand the adjacent 30th Street Liquor Store into the Monashee’s building, and take down some of the old liquor store and expand the parking lot.

Arguably Monashee’s’ top menu item has been its pizzas and Pauls – who also owns the Kal Sports Bar directly across the street – said the pies will continue.

“It’s business as usual for now with delivery, coming out of Monashees,” he said. “We will be moving my pizza oven across the street and we will continue to do Monashee’s pizza delivery.”

One other thing that will continue is the support in the community.