Yellowknife restaurant Thornton’s to close after December

Thornton's restaurant
Thornton's restaurant on November 28, 2019. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

Thornton’s, the upscale downtown Yellowknife restaurant, has announced it will cease to operate after December 2019.

Posting to Facebook, the restaurant’s management said: “After much thought and consideration, this December will be our last month open for business. It’s been one heck of a ride, but all good things must come to an end.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all,” the statement concluded.

A previous version of Thornton’s closed in June 2016 with operator Luke Wood telling Edge YK: “It’s kind-of tricky. There’s only so many people in town, you don’t have a large market to draw on, and you’re doing a specific type of restaurant.”



The restaurant reopened in October 2016 under new management.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our valued guests whom have become our friends over the years,” the current operators wrote on Thursday.

“We figure it’s best to go out on a high note after a successful patio season followed by our busiest time of the year being the Christmas season.”

The restaurant asked people wishing to eat at Thornton’s in December to call ahead and reserve, as staff will order supplies based primarily on the number of reservations.