Owners of Yellowknife’s popular Fat Fox café say they must permanently shut down their Range Street location following “significant issues” with the building.

In a post to the café’s Facebook page on Monday, the Fat Fox staff said its last day of operation on Range Street (aka 50th Street) would be May 19.

The café was open on Monday as usual, but the Fat Fox will close next month for an indefinite period until a new location can be found.

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“As many of you may be aware, we have been dealing with significant issues with the building we are renting and have been unable to open on several occasions due to a water leak in the kitchen,” read the update.

“Unfortunately, despite the efforts of many, a permanent solution has not been possible to implement and we therefore have no choice but to close our location on Range Street.

“We are working on a new location for the long term, but this may be some time in the future. There are limited options for the interim but we will be looking for a space to continue our catering business.”

The Fat Fox, created by Jeremy Flatt, Emma Atkinson, and Philip Jefferies – has been open for two years.

The owners said they were “deeply grateful for the support and appreciation that this community has shown for our business and for the hard work and loyalty of our staff.”

They added: “This is not the end for us, and while we are heartbroken we will be channeling all of our energy into planning the future with a new location. Thank you, Yellowknife.”