"It’s with heavy hearts (and full stomachs) that we’re announcing the closure of Chartier on September 30, 2023," read the message, pointing to an inability to come back to being a sustainable restaurant after pandemic closures.
To the surprise of its fans, Chartier restaurant announced it will close for good at the end of September.
Sylvia and Darren Cheverie, owners of the rustic French-Canadian restaurant located in Beaumont posted the news to social media Monday with the message, Au Revoir, et merci beaucoup.
"It was our dream to create an authentic French-Canadian casual fine-dining experience in this wonderful town—the town where I grew up, and where we started our family. But the confluence of pandemic recovery, outstanding loans, rising food costs, and increasing interest rates has made our little homespun venture unsustainable."
Chartier opened in 2016, with help from a Kickstarter campaign.
The Cheverie's are inviting everyone who's been part of their journey to stop by the restaurant before end of September, to, "pay Chariter one more visit to show your appreciation. To say, "au revoir et merci beaucoup," one last time."
Patrons have been responding to news of the closure, posting messages to social media. MLA Elect for Leduc-Beaumont Brandon Lunty posted a photo of he and his wife, who dined at Chartier on their wedding day. "Chantelle and I have many fond memories at Chartier, and are sad to see it close," Lunty wrote."Thank you for all you have given to this community. You will be missed."