One of Steveston’s seaside staples is closing its doors after 23 years serving the community and tourists alike.
Pajo’s at Garry Point Park announced yesterday that it will serve its last customers next Friday, March 31.
In its announcement on social media, Pajo’s said that it was “extremely saddened” to break the news, but that the “City of Richmond has chosen a new vendor for the location.”
It added that it’s “almost unthinkable and with extremely heavy hearts that we anticipate serving you for the last time.”
A spokesperson for the City of Richmond told the News that it has "identified an experienced Richmond-based business offering a range of menu options – including fish and chips – to operate at the Garry Point Park concession starting this spring.
"While we cannot announce who they are just yet, the operator was chosen through an open public tender process in late-2022 that was the result of a lease renewal process."
Pajo's was 'more like family'
The adored fish ‘n’ chips outlet went on to express its “sincere thanks and immense gratitude for your patronage over the past two decades.
“While our family-owned business has become part of the fabric of the Steveston community – many of you have become part of our extended family as well.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to express our deep thanks and gratitude especially to our store manager of 23 years, Kathy Miller, all of our current team members, and to the hundreds of ‘family members’ we have had as part of the Pajo’s team over the years, many of them will count Pajo’s as their very first job.”
Pajo’s did, however, state that its flagship location at Steveston Harbour will be operating as normal.