Another South Island restaurant is closing its doors, and management says inflation is to blame.
After more than 30 years, the Marina Restaurant in Oak Bay is shuttering for good next month, according to an online statement. Its last day of operation will be Sunday, March 5.
“Unfortunately, just like many others, we are not immune to the economic challenges arising from inflation, therefore we are not able to operate any longer,” reads the statement.
Management says it’s saddened by the closure that comes amid challenges other local restaurants have felt in recent weeks.
The Marina now joins a growing list of restaurants to close, including downtown Victoria’s Argrius, which shut down on Jan. 15 due to “the impact of inflation,” staff said at the time. Just days prior, the owner of Old Vic Fish & Chips announced they were calling it quits.
Oak Bay Marine Group owns and operates the Marina Restaurant and its neighbouring cafe Marine Dockside Eatery, which is staying open. Both are located at the Oak Bay Marina on Beach Drive.
“The award-winning Marina Restaurant is a local favourite for delicious seafood and regional cuisine,” reads a description on the group’s website.
In the statement, management also thanked customers who’ve been a part of the restaurant’s journey, as well as staff for their commitment and dedication.
“It has been our pleasure to serve you all over the years,” they added.
“Our community, current and past, have made this restaurant legendary, we have seen our staff and our guests grow up at the Marina Restaurant. Watching your children eat their first sushi roll, celebrate milestones, and every occasion in between has been such a pleasure, and we thank you for including us in your joyous memories.”
The public is invited to the restaurant’s farewell week happening March 1-5.