One of Burnaby's best restaurants is closing after more than 20 years

Chris Campbell

Some frustrating news on the Burnaby culinary front as one of the city’s best restaurants has announced it’s closing after more than 20 illustrious years.

The Pear Tree Restaurant on Hastings in Burnaby Heights announced the closure Friday in a news release.

The news comes on the heels of the Pear Tree landing at #80 on the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list.

“The decision by the Pear Tree owners, Scott and Stephanie Jaeger, did not come lightly,” said the news release. 

The restaurant had reopened after a closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chanterelle mushroom gnocchi with chargrilled lobster tail with braised fennel and romano beans at the Pear Tree Restaurant in Burnaby. Chris Campbell photo

“The last several months have been a challenge to say the least,” said Stephanie Jaeger. “The dedication and commitment from the staff have been unbelievable and with amazing customers and suppliers supporting take out and restricted dining, we brought July sales back to be on par with last year.”

After opening its doors in 1998, the restaurant was awarded Best New Restaurant from both Vancouver Magazine and the BC Restaurant Association.

“The memories of this location will live forever. For the foreseeable future, we will offer in-home catering to continue making memories with guests until a new environment presents itself where more memories can be made and new careers launched.” said Stephanie.

The Jaegers are hopeful in finding a new option; an environment where they can work together with all involved and have a platform to grow and flourish.

The restaurant will be taking reservations at their 4120 E. Hasting Street location until Aug. 15.

Scott added that “in a perfect world, the hope would have been to have some of the amazingly talented alumni return to cook on the stove and grace the dining room floor alongside the current team with guests from the last two decades enjoying a last chefs menu. Sadly, this is not the environment for such celebrations.”  

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