B.C. heatwave forces some restaurants and breweries to close

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Some Lower Mainland restaurants and breweries were forced to close down this weekend due to the unbearable heat.

Ian Tostenson, with the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association says heatwave conditions have made it too hot for many staff in kitchens.

“Some restaurants are just closing because it’s too hot. We saw a couple of wineries in Langley closed because they just don’t have the air conditioning and it’s really tough on their staff.
The good thing is, it’s not going to last too much beyond till the middle of next week,” he says.

For restaurants who don’t have cooling systems in kitchens, closing is the best precaution according to Tostenson.

“We never had a situation where restaurants have had to guide their cooks and chefs, and or close, and not open their patios cause no one’s gonna show up anyways.”

Fieldhouse Brewing in Abbotsford and Four Winds Brewing Co. in Delta are just some of the businesses that have decided to close this weekend.

“It’s just too hot for people … I don’t think a lot of people want to be sitting on a patio unfortunately when it’s this hot.

“Sometimes, it’s best to close,” Tostenson says.

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