Beloved restaurateur dies; his restaurants to stay open Thursday in his honor

Canines & Couture Pup Fashion Show dedicated to beloved restauranteur

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Josh Vach, who founded and owned restaurants in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, died Wednesday night.

Vach owned k-38 Baja Grill, Tower 7, Cruz, k-Bueno Mexi-Q Grill and Cafe Del Mar. Vach, 53, opened his first restaurant in Wilmington, k-38 on Oleander Drive, in 1994.

A post on social media stated, “We have some sad news to share. Our amazing founder Josh has passed away. He loved all the restaurants, helping animals and supporting the community. We are sad and will miss him terribly. In classic Josh fashion, all restaurants will be open regular business hours to continue his vision that has been going strong for over 26 years.”

He was well known in the community for his kindness, charitable giving and of course, his food.

“I am so proud and sad at the same time,” said Cindy Vach, Josh’s wife. “Josh would want the focus to be on the food and restaurant guests and not him. He would never believe how many people loved him and respected him and the impact he had on the community.”

“Josh was the most humble hospitality rockstar you’ll ever meet and he will be sorely missed by us all. He also would be doing his very best to deflect all of this love and affection directed his way but that won’t keep us from raising a flute and a shot glass upwards as we work our shifts tonight,” said Shawn Wellersdick and Anne Steketee, the owners of Port Land Grille, in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Tonight’s Canines & Couture Pup Fashion Show will be dedicated to him. The event raises awareness about the lack of puppy mill regulations in North Carolina and promotes animal adoption.

The event is at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Waterman’s Brewing at 1610 Pavilion Pl. in Wilmington.

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Vach leaves behind his wife, Cindy, and the couple’s Labrador retriever, Gunner.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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