On the Street: Camille’s restaurant closes doors

A Bastion Square institution has closed its doors for good. Citing problems due to construction in the building, Camille’s has closed after 28 years in the restaurant business.

In a post on its webpage and official Facebook page, Stephan Drolet noted that after months of negotiating it was determined they could no longer “do business in the existing space.”

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“As construction to the other suites in the building took place, the effects of those renovations took their toll on our restaurant and we could no longer continue in good conscience, despite the positive reviews from our local health inspector,” the note said.

Drolet declined an interview, but did say they did not have concrete plans for the future.

Camille’s, known for its focus on local and seasonal ingredients before it became fashionable, was opened in 1988 by chef David Mincey and his partners, including his wife, Paige Robinson. It was consistently named one of the region’s top fine-dining restaurants.

Delta flights to Seattle start Monday 

Delta Airlines begins its new daily flight schedule from Victoria International Airport to Seattle on Monday.

Delta will operate three flights a day between the two cities, with departures from Victoria at 5:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and at 4:20 p.m.

The flights were initially announced last May by the U.S.-based airline and the Victoria Airport Authority.

Delta officials will be on hand to help launch the first flight on Monday.

“We are pleased to welcome Delta and the increased connectivity this service will bring to Victoria,” Geoff Dickson, president and CEO of the airport authority, said in a statement.

“The new service will provide another convenient option to all Vancouver Island residents headed south, or beyond through Delta’s worldwide network of destinations available from Seattle.”

Delta will operate the new service with connection carrier SkyWest using 65-seat CRJ-700 jets.

Victoria International Airport offers more than 120 daily flights throughout North America and was the 10th busiest airport in Canada, with more than 1.71 million passengers through the terminal last year.

The airport authority said it recorded 123,088 passengers in January, according to the latest statistics available. That was the highest January total in at least four years due to increases in both domestic and international passengers.

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