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Owner to close Taco Del Mar in north Spokane

UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2020

Frank Schoonover, owner of the Taco Del Mar in Wandermere, said in a social media post that he will be closing the north Spokane restaurant on Sunday, July 19, 2020.  (Courtesy Taco Del Mar)
Frank Schoonover, owner of the Taco Del Mar in Wandermere, said in a social media post that he will be closing the north Spokane restaurant on Sunday, July 19, 2020. (Courtesy Taco Del Mar)
By Thomas Clouse The Spokesman-Review

The owner of the Taco Del Mar in Wandermere has announced the restaurant will be closing this weekend.

Frank Schoonover wrote in a social media post that he had owned three Taco Del Mar restaurants in Spokane at one time. He closed locations on Indian Trail Road and 57th Avenue on Oct. 13, 2010, “due to the Great Recession of 2008.”

“We managed to hold on to our third, and it grew throughout the years since,” Schoonover wrote in the post. But the restaurant, located at 12501 N. Division St. , will permanently close Sunday.

Schoonover, who did not immediately respond to messages left for comment Monday, wrote that working under a franchise was like living with a weak immune system. “Financial white blood cells are automatically depleted with every sale we make through royalty and marketing payouts,” he wrote.

The pandemic appears to have forced Schoonover’s decision to close in Wandermere .

“Attempting to sustain, even grow this sort of business during these times is futile,” Schoonover wrote. “Government funding helps to hang on, but does not ensure survival.”

He thanked the “wonderful people that have frequented our restaurant over the years.”

“We all made so many friends since 2007; truly the greatest reward to owning a business.”

He asked the customers to visit the restaurant’s drive-through before it closes Sunday.

We’ll talk then,” he wrote.

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