SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A popular northern Rhode Island restaurant is the latest business to close its doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blackie’s announced on social media Monday that they will be closing, just one year after moving to a bigger location.
“We did our best to serve our Blackie’s family safely and with the same level of attention and care as always, but due to COVID restrictions, it has become impossible to maintain the levels we pride ourselves on and remain profitable,” the post read. “We are going to take a deep breath, sit back and wait until it is more feasible to operate to our standards.”
The owners say they may reopen in the future, but they are asking for the public’s support and understanding during this time.
“The virus can take a lot of things away from us, but it can’t take our reputation, our heart, or our love for this crazy industry,” the restaurant said. “The virus may have won the battle, but Blackie’s will be back to win the war.”
Blackie’s did not specify in the social media post how they will deal with existing gift certificates.
The Rhode Island Attorney General’s office says that restaurants and other businesses who go out of business must refund unused gift certificates, even if the closure is due to COVID-19.
Blackie’s opened just under nine years ago on Dec. 1, 2011.
12 News has reached out to the owners for comment, but have not yet heard back.