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Vancouver iconic restaurants DB Bistro Moderne and Lumière go out in style

Vancouver is definitely one of Canada's hotbeds for innovative restaurant activity and, even with fluctuating economic times and waves of trends sweeping through the city's dining scene, Lumière and DB Bistro Moderne seemed to have passed the tests of time and the fluctuating dollar.

The 16 year old restaurants Lumière and Feenie's were founded by Iron Chef Rob Feenie and went on to win a number of culinary awards and accolades including the AAA Five Diamond Award and the prestigious Relais & Chateau designation, of which only 160 restaurants around the world have achieved.

When Chef Feenie had a falling out with his investors, Michelin Star decorated Chef Daniel Boulud became the first celebrity chef to invest in a Canadian restaurant with the resuming of Lumière's operations and the conversion of Feenie's to the already celebrated midtown Manhattan restaurant DB Bistro Moderne. Boulud continued the already acclaimed success with Lumière and DB Bistro Moderne quickly became one of Vancouver's scene restaurants.

Somehow, through the success and glitz and glamour, through award after award and great review after great review, the restaurants will simultaneously be closing their doors on March 13th.

How could this happen? Was it the peculiar location of the restaurants? The price point?

"The fact that these restaurants have failed is disappointing," laments Donald House of Culinary Marketing Strategies who is hosting a Signature Visa Infinite Dining Series Brunch this Sunday at DB Bistro, "this may discourage other international Chefs looking to invest in Canada's culinary scene."

Staff from the restaurants are to be displaced and compensated in the best possible ways by partner and famed restauranteur David Sidoo but then there are the head chefs who are not always quite as easiily dealt with.

Fortunately in this case chef Nathan Guggenheim of DB Bistro Moderne will have great opportunities abroad while Lumière chef Dale MacKay will have time with his family while we all watch eagerly to see how he places in Food Network's Top Chef Canada.

As for public response to the closing of the restaurants, the outcry has been very loud to the point of the owners wondering where all of the public interest in the restaurant was before the announcement.

All of this being said, the duo of restaurants are well aware that they want to leave their mark and legacy on Vancouver's loyal foodies. Restaurant operations will continue as normal until closing and on Sunday March 6, one week before closing, DB Bistro Moderne will resonate their legacy when they will serve Champagne and caviar, lobster poutine, sablefish, and many other luxurious goodies all part of the Visa Infinite Dining Series.

For the brunch, although exclusively for Visa Infinite holders and in limited numbers, tickets are priced unbelievably at $75.00 for this Sunday March 6th at DB Bistro Moderne. Please visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

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