McMenamins, the massive Pacific Northwestern restaurant and hotel chain, will close all but one of its locations for the next several weeks, KOIN first reported. The move comes after Gov. Kate Brown announced new social distancing restrictions that required food and drink businesses to cease all onsite consumption.
The only McMenamins that remains open is the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop in Portland, which means the company’s more than 60 restaurants and bars — plus the company’s 12 hotels — will close. The company says they’ve laid off “almost everyone,” according to a written statement — almost 3,000 people have lost their jobs with the company. The layoffs went into effect today.
McMenamins joins the thousands of Oregon bars and restaurants that have closed dining rooms in response to the new social distancing measures.
• McMenamins closes, lays off 3000 over coronavirus [KOIN]
• McMenamins will lay off ‘almost everyone’ amid coronavirus outbreak [O]
• How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Portland Restaurant World [EPDX]
• Oregon Orders Closure of All Bars and Restaurant Dining Rooms [EPDX]