As I write this announcement, trying to keep “Another One Bites the Dust” from playing in my head, I think about all that has happened and all that is still ahead of us. First, the sadness that came with laying off many dedicated and talented people (if you own a restaurant and you’re hiring, I can give you some great referrals!). We had worked with some of them for years and had come to think of them as part of the family. Second, letting down our landlord in the Kennewick location was really hard. He had such high hopes for us. Then there will be the questions and explanations that will surely come on a daily basis, “What happened? It looked like business was really good!” It was good! The support we got in Kennewick was fantastic…it just wasn’t enough. Ask any restaurateur in this town right now, times are tough. But, Magill’s is hanging in there, we plan to be a part of this community for years to come. So we’re making plans for the future, thinking of ways to be better and more competitive, and figuring out how to encourage our customers to keep coming back while we get new ones through the doors. We love this community, we believe in its future and it is with great pleasure that we will continue to serve all of your happy faces…it just won’t be in Kennewick for now.
Following is our official press release:
It is with much regret that we are closing our newest location on Columbia Drive. We knew we were taking a gamble opening a store in the middle of a recession but knew that the need for another good eatery in East Kennewick was there. Unfortunately, Magills is an expensive operation and the sales were just not enough to sustain us through the recession. We held on as long as we could but feel any more time running a deficit would begin to affect our other two locations.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Kennewick location, had a lot of fun with the expansion into the bar business, met some great people from the neighborhood, and the landlord is wonderful. We feel the building would be perfect for a smaller operation where the owners can take a bigger role in the day-to-day operation, which is unfortunately not the case for Magills.
The Pasco and Richland locations are doing very well. Plans are underway to add full bar service and televisions for sporting events to the Pasco store in the immediate future. We would like to have bar service in the Richland store by this Summer. We will also be expanding our catering and carry-out services in both locations.
We will honor any Spotted Fox coupons or Gift Certificates purchased in Kennewick at the Pasco and Richland locations.