Third Street Cafe

Skagit Valley Food Co-op’s Third Street Café will close permanently at the end of the month.

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit Valley Food Co-op will permanently close its restaurant, Third Street Café, at the end of the month, citing challenges with COVID-19 restrictions.

“The decision to close the restaurant was a difficult one, but we believe it to be the right one for the good of the Co-op,” the co-op said in an announcement Friday.

“With COVID restrictions still in place and an unpredictable future, even a half full Third Street Café feels impractical both in economics and community, and we can all agree that takeout just isn’t the same,” the co-op said.

At least 10 other Skagit County restaurants have closed permanently during the pandemic.

The co-op opened Third Street Café in 2016 in the C•Square building across the parking lot from the main co-op building.

The 8,300-square-foot building features the 92-seat café and four small retail outlets, including a deli, bakery, coffee and tea shop, and homemade ice cream shop.

The co-op said in its email it will use the C•Square building to expand its kitchen and production of in-house products, and for storage and extra space for online ordering and curbside service.

Third Street Café’s 10 employees have been offered other work at the co-op, the co-op said.

The last day for takeout will be Jan. 31.

— Reporter Jacqueline Allison: jallison@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2145, Twitter: @Jacqueline_SVH

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WHAT A SHAME TO LOOSE A CLASSY CAFE IN THE CITY! THANKS TO KING JAY ANOTHER BUSINESS TAKES A HIT!

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