SPOKANE, Wash. — Many Spokane businesses are preparing to emerge from coronavirus-related closures in the coming months, while others are announcing that they will close permanently.
Barbershops, salons and restaurants could soon reopen in Washington after Spokane County's application to move into Phase 2 was approved.
Here is a list of Spokane businesses so far that will not reopen once state leaders ease coronavirus restrictions. It was last updated on Friday, May 22.
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Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub
The pub in north Spokane will not be reopening.
"It is with a heavy heart that we bring you this news. Our MacKenzie River location in North Spokane will not be re-opening after the temporary closure due to COVID-19," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page.
Owners encouraged customers to visit the location that's still open on the South Hill.
River Rock Taphouse
River Rock Taphouse, a restaurant in downtown Spokane, announced that it will be closing for good.
"We regret to inform you that we are closing River Rock Taphouse. The decision to close was extremely difficult to make. Denise and I, and our staff, worked very hard to make River Rock a success. Various factors played a part in our decision, including the extended closure due to COVID-19," owner Mike Magree wrote on Facebook.
The owners wished everyone good health and wellness in these trying times.
Cheap Shots, a live music venue in Spokane Valley, will not reopen its doors once restrictions are lifted
"Luckily Covid did not claim the life of anyone we know but unfortunately it did kill the business. We just cannot survive being shut down for over 2 months now and no actual timeline to be able to fully reopen," the business wrote on Facebook. "We sincerely wish there was another alternative but at this time there is not."
Owners also expressed their gratitude for those who frequented the venue.
The Sapphire Lounge in downtown Spokane announced on Thursday that it will be closing its doors for good.
In a release sent out Thursday night, Bar Manager and Head Bartender Travis Lawrence said that "as we embark on a journey of social distancing during this pandemic, it has become increasingly apparent that the future of the bar and lounge is in peril."
Party Palace in Spokane will close for good once all of the store's inventory is sold.
The Duncan family, who has owned the store for more than three decades, says they were hoping to hang on longer but the business shutdowns related to a statewide stay-at-home order were the "cherry on top to close us for good."
Party Palace is offering curbside pickup during the shutdown. It is easiest to contact the business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
Tomato Street in River Park Square
Tomato Street said it will permanently close its downtown location to focus on its restaurant in North Spokane.
According to owner Dean Haynes, the decision comes due to the "uncertainties in the future due to the COVID-19 virus." The restaurant was located in the River Park Square mall.
The North Spokane location will remain open along with the Coeur d'Alene restaurant, Haynes said.
Haynes' full statement reads:
"With all the uncertainties in the future due to the COVID-19 virus, we have, with much thought, decided to permanently close our River Park Square Tomato Street Restaurant and to focus our attention on our North Division Tomato Street. Many thanks to everyone who has supported our family at our downtown location. We will certainly miss you, but do look forward to seeing you up North. Likewise, our partner store in Coeur d'Alene is alive and well."
Paint and Pints
Amber Juliano, the former owner of Paint and Pints in downtown Spokane, emailed KREM to say that the business is permanently closing.
The business provided customers with a place to sip on local micro-brews or wines while painting.
Rocky Rococo Pizza
Rocky Rococo Pizza, located downtown on Main Street, is closed after 35 years in business.
The location temporarily closed in early April as Washington state's stay-home order shuttered restaurants and other businesses.
Franchise owner Lee Gibbon said in the statement that the "challenges of operating a businesses are never ending," but did not provide an additional explanation for the sudden closure.
Kootenai Heart Clinics closes Spokane locations
Kootenai Heart Clinics will close its Spokane locations by August 31.
It will be maintaining services in Idaho in a move to reduce significant operational losses at its Spokane locations. The closure will affect all three cardiology offices in Spokane and outreach offices in Washington.
“This was a difficult decision,” said Jon Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health, which has owned Kootenai Heart Clinics since 2012. “Kootenai Heart Clinics is one of the largest and most respected cardiology practices in the Northwest due to its outstanding cardiologists and exceptional staff. Given our current practice model, however, we were unable to overcome the financial challenges. I fully anticipate these providers will continue to practice in the community under a different business model.”
Patients of any physicians affected by the move will be able to transition their care to their physician’s new practice or to a different physician accepting new patients. Patients receiving care at any of the Idaho locations will be unaffected by the change.
Child care centers close
Dozens of child care facilities have shut down in Spokane County due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to Childcare Aware Washington, a statewide childcare nonprofit, 94 centers in Spokane County have closed and 78 remain open.
A state document obtained by KREM 2 shows at least 63 specific child care facilities out of 166 in the county are closed. With closures happening more frequently during the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus shutdown, this list may be updated again soon.