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After 31 Years, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Will Close Its Doors On Jan. 19

The British Columbia-based company's vice president of operations confirmed that, due to the struggling economy, the restaurant will not renew its leases at its University Place and Renton locations.

A restaurant that began grilling steaks and pouring Happy Hour drinks before University Place became a city will close its doors Jan. 19.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar - which opened Aug. 17, 1981 at its Mildred Street location - will not renew its leases at its UP (Tacoma) and Renton locations.

Doug Smith, vice president of operations with the British Columbia-based steakhouse chain, confirmed the news with Patch on Tuesday.

"That is, unfortunately, the case," he said, attributing much of the decision to the struggling economy.

"It's a sad day. We had lots of memories there."

The company notified employees about the pending closure over the weekend. The Keg employs 43 people in UP and another 52 in Renton, which opened in 1990.

The Keg's three other Washington locations - Kirkland, Factoria and Lynnwood - will remain open.

Smith said not renewing the leases in the South Sound was a difficult decision. He added that the company wanted to give its employees enough advanced notice of the closure, particularly given the holiday season.

"We feel we owe it to our staff to give them the appropriate amount of time," he said.

Check with Patch for developments in this story.

katzzmeow December 06, 2012 at 08:52 AM
dhr - what a bunch of baloney. You say they are redirecting their money into their country - you mean Canada where they have Universal Health Care for all. The Keg has franchises available if there is a real interest, I think you could make a go of it. There is money to be had and probably SBA loans and investors in UP. I used to work for the Keg and the upper management/ Operations was always a bit top heavy & decisions weren't always the smartest. I think the economy is just an excuse, it could be the building. Its always busy
Barbara Kearley December 10, 2012 at 06:49 AM
I haven't written yet but I did track down the address of the corporate office in BC. Below that is the Keg website "contact" page. Just an FYI if you want to take action, share your opinions with the HQ. The Keg Corporate Office 10100 Shellbridge Way Richmond BC, V6X 2W7 tel (604) 276-0242 http://www.kegsteakhouse.com/en/contact/
carole humphrey January 20, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Obamacare has nothing to do with it...Corporate made the decision 7 years ago...first with Puyallup..lease expires & business shuts down. The 3 in King County will leave when the leases expire also. $$ is nit being made in the US for this company.
rich welch January 20, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Yes the keg is going to be greatly missed. They Had great food great people. Very sad day. Rich welch.
Sharon Olson-Dorgeloh April 30, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Yes, I really miss the Keg We used to go to the Puyallupone at least once a week, Then when they closed we went to midred st, we loved the Keg, we never ha a bad meal there. &the prices were great also!!!!!!!!!

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