Burnaby’s best hidden restaurant closes after 20 years

Diners called it Burnaby’s best “hidden gem” restaurant due to its unusual location.

Diners who love spicy food are lamenting the news that one of their favorite restaurants is closing after 20 years in Burnaby.

Hi Genki was known as a hidden gem as it operated out of an aged care home, serving residents and the general public.

It was known for its spicy karaage dish, but served many other fine Japanese dishes.

“I’m just devastated to hear this,” one customer wrote on an Instagram post about the shutdown. “It’s one of my favorite dishes when I eat out.”

The owners have announced that the closure will take place on April 30, but that they will continue to serve residents until July.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that we will be closing Japanese restaurant Hi Genki,” the post read. “It has been 20 wonderful years serving the residents of Nikkei Home and the community at large. To Nikkei Home – thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your food supplier and for your supportive partnership from the beginning.

“To our staff – we could not have gotten to this point without your hard work. We are so grateful to you, especially to those who have been with us for many years. We could not have met the greatest challenges of the pandemic without you.

“To our customers – we truly appreciate the love we have received from you over the years. You have made us a unique ‘hidden gem’ in Burnaby that has attracted customers from all over. Your positive feedback and encouragement got you through the hard times… We hope one day we can serve you even more Spicy Karaage. This is not a goodbye but a goodbye for now.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

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