One of the Seattle locations of longtime seafood and steak house McCormick and Schmick's closed quietly last month with no explanation.
This isn't the first McCormicks to shut down in Seattle. Last year, Houston-based Landry’s Inc. shut down McCormick’s Fish House & Bar on Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street, and in 2014 it closed the McCormick and Schmick's on First Avenue and Spring Street.
The closure comes after a string of McCormick and Schmick's closures across the country in recent years.
"As leases come up for renewal, we are forced to evaluate whether to renew the lease or not," Landry's said in a statement. "Based on tremendous labor pressure through state minimum wage increases and rising rents, we are forced to make difficult decisions with all our restaurant concepts and not just McCormick and Schmick's. Unfortunately, there have been a handful of McCormick and Schmick's locations through the past few years where it didn't make sense to renew the lease."
The company also said demographic changes have been responsible for some of the closures.
The only remaining McCormick and Schmick's in the region is the Bellevue location.
McCormick and Schmick's was originally a Portland-based restaurant group and in its last annual filing as a public company it said that as of Dec. 29, 2010 it operated 96 restaurants, including 89 restaurants in the United States. That same filing said the company operated 14 California locations at the time.
Now the company says it operates "nearly 60 locations across the country," including eight in California. One of the company's Los Angeles restaurants closed in 2015.
There are five locations in the Portland area currently.
The Puget Sound Business Journal has more on the reductions(the story is limited to PSBJ subscribers-only until about mid-June).
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