A Kitchener enterprise that grew in the course of the pandemic is closing its doorways.

Wood Boat Meals Firm was capable of keep afloat all through the pandemic as loyal prospects flocked to get a style of the Vietnamese and French fare, however an industry-wide staff scarcity paired with hovering inflation has pressured proprietor and chef Thompson Tran to shut the restaurant’s doorways .

This comes after Tran mentioned enterprise doubled when switching to a take-out fashion eatery.

“We have been actually counting on commodity costs of issues like sugar, oil, dairy merchandise, and a number of these have shot up by double the worth,” mentioned Tran.

The added complexities of working 60 hours per week and desirous to spend extra time together with his household aided Tran in his choice to step away as a restauranteur.

One a part of his enterprise will keep open.

Tran will proceed to make bottled Vietnamese sauces – pending the identical {industry} challenges and inflation do not result in an inoperable enterprise.

“We’re slowing down the manufacturing a bit of bit. We’ll watch for costs to go down a bit of bit. So, it makes extra sense for us to make use of extra, to provide extra and to ship extra,” mentioned Tran.


On Wednesday, Statistics Canada launched its June shopper value index report, exhibiting that the speed of inflation was not slowing as the speed hit 8.1 per cent.

The prices of creating the sauces have greater than doubled.

“We ship throughout Canada into British Columbia, and what was $340 is $750. Greater than double the common freight value,” mentioned Tran.

For Tran, it is a delicate stability of maintaining costs low however nonetheless making a revenue.

“I feel finally sluggish and regular at all times wins the race, and that is standing true for us,” mentioned Tran.

Small enterprise house owners throughout the area say supporting your native enterprise is simply as related now because it was when the pandemic began.

“It is very nice that after just a few years of individuals hiding away to get again into the routine of native purchasing – so I hope to be part of that,” mentioned Amy Grimba, proprietor and operator of Milkman’s Daughter.