Another restaurant will temporarily close for winter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Billy's on Grand in St. Paul announced on Facebook Wednesday that Saturday, Oct. 31, would be the last day the restaurant will be open for the season.
"In an effort to protect the business, recover as much as possible, and to try to create longevity for the classic Grand Ave. institution that is Billy’s, we’ve made the difficult decision to close Billy’s for the winter," the post says.
The restaurant says it's been "doing our best" to keep the doors open, keep staff employed and keep guests happy, noting a lot has happened this year with a change of ownership and the pandemic.
"On top of a worldwide pandemic, we’ve dealt with unique challenges in our neighborhood late at night, and despite our vigilant efforts to seek help from the city, we were denied additional support which cost us dearly," the post said, without providing additional details.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Billy's on Grand for additional comment.
Billy's decision to close for the winter joins a growing list of other local restaurants who've made the decision to temporarily close for the winter months in hopes of surviving the pandemic. This comes as others are getting creative with outdoor space in hopes of continuing to serve customers outside in the cold, where many feel more comfortable.
Meanwhile, some restaurants have been forced to close for good due to the pandemic. Here's a running list.