These Kitchener-Area Restaurants Shuttered Due To Health, Financial Woes Caused By Pandemic – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS) – 2020 has come to an end and in a year of pain, stress and anxiety caused by uncertainty, one thing was certain: the pandemic was proving to be too much for several companies in the Kitchener area.
The closings began shortly after strict restrictions were put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 after cases increased rapidly across the region.
Mad River Bar and Grill – Manayunk
In May, many locals were stunned to hear that the Mad River Bar and Grille, which had been a mainstay on Main Street in Manayunk for just over a decade, had closed forever due to the pandemic.
Jamie Powell, the general manager, posted about the closure on Facebook and said, “Welp. With a heavy heart, it is time to announce that old Riv will not make it through this mess (I really hope this doesn’t trigger a series of these announcements). “
After the news broke, flowers were placed on the shuttered shop’s doorstep.
Especially – old town
In July, the Filipino restaurant announced on Instagram that it would be closing for good.
In the Post, the owners said, “The long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to close the pandemic and this decision was not taken lightly. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you showed us during our short time in the old town. We are fortunate that LALO was a place where we could bring our culture, our Filipinx food, to a wider audience. This chapter may be closed, but our story is far from over. “
The Barden Irish Bar – Center City
Also in July, the pandemic played a role in the closure of The Bards Irish Bar. After 26 years in the business, the owners decided not to renew a lease at their Walnut Street location.
They say the health and safety of customers and employees are their top concerns and that the restrictions have made it impossible for them to adhere to social distancing rules without incurring significant losses.
CheU Noodle Bar – Washington Square West
After the popular CHeU Noodle Bar, best known for its ramen, “hurled noodles” for almost eight years, it finally closed the doors of its Washington Square location. In an Instagram post in October, the restaurant announced it was another victim due to restrictions due to the global pandemic.
“The fight for 2020 is real and takes us with it,” says the article.
Buddakan and The Continental – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Also in October, Kitchener restaurateur Stephen Starr told The Associated Press that both Buddakan and The Continental in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which have been closed since mid-March, will not reopen.
Both were located in the former Playground Pier, which Caesars Entertainment had recently bought from developer Bart Blatstein. The pier had extremely little pedestrian traffic and much of its stores had been empty for more than a year.
City Tavern – Old Town
In November, a colonial-style restaurant on the site of a 1773 tavern in Old Kitchener closed for good. Steeped in history, this tavern opened in 1976 on the bicentenary after a restoration based on historical images, written reports and insurance surveys.
The site also states that the tavern was “the unofficial meeting point” for delegates to the First Continental Congress at the nearby Carpenters’ Hall. It was also the location of a farewell dinner in 1787 after the constitution was signed and a banquet for George Washington in 1789 before his inauguration.
Gray Lodge Pub – Northeast Kitchener
Later that month, the owners of the popular Gray Lodge pub in northeast Kitchener announced they were closing for good.
The owners called the COVID restrictions at the time as the “final blow” for the pub.
In a Facebook post, Mike Scotese thanked his guests and employees for all the great years.
The Mayfair Pub is one of the oldest craft beer bars in Kitchener.
Esquire Magazine named it one of the “Top 50 Bars” in America.
Goose Island Brewhouse – Fishtown
In December, the Goose Island Brewhouse closed its doors forever.
This Chicago-based brewery in Fishtown said the global health crisis and the “significant impact” COVID-19 had on the business caused it to close permanently.
In a post on Instagram, the company thanked its employees and customers and called Kitchener its “second home”.
Sonic Drive-In – Port Richmond
Shortly before the end of 2020, some Sonic drive-in restaurants have finally closed their doors, according to WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification).
The closure included the location at 2201 E. Butler St. in Port Richmond.
Nine other locations are also closing, including those in Norristown, Royersford, Willow Grove, Reading and Lancaster.