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The Lantern Tap House in the Perry District permanently closes

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021

Melinda Dolmage, owner of The Lantern Tap House, stands next to a window on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2020. The Lantern announced its permanently closing with uncertainty in the restaurant industry as a result of COVID-19.  (Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
Melinda Dolmage, owner of The Lantern Tap House, stands next to a window on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2020. The Lantern announced its permanently closing with uncertainty in the restaurant industry as a result of COVID-19. (Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

The Lantern Tap House in the Perry District has permanently closed, the establishment has announced.

In a Facebook post Friday, owners Mike and Melinda Dolmage said it wasn’t an easy decision to close the business, but it was the best choice for their family amid “continued uncertainty of the restaurant industry.”

“Most who know us personally know this has been in motion since last year and COVID just help(ed) cement a difficult decision,” the couple wrote.

The couple said they’ve struggled to put “all the memories, feelings, friendships and love into words” and thanked the community for its support.

The Dolmages were not immediately available for additional comment on the Lantern’s closure.

The establishment opened in 2009 at 1004 S. Perry St. as the Lantern Tavern. The Dolmages purchased the tap house in 2012 and expanded it into an adjacent space formerly occupied by the Perry Street Cafe.

The Lantern is among a growing number of restaurants that have closed in Spokane County. In the past two weeks, Central Food and The Wandering Table in Kendall Yards also announced permanent closures.

More than 121 restaurants shuttered in Spokane County last year, according to data from the Washington State Hospitality Association.

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