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Restaurants from page 1A
Locally, recent short-
term closures include The
Hukilau, Bridgewater Fish
House, Little Brown Hen
Café, Novelli’s Seafood
and Dairy Queen. Not all
of these closures are di-
rectly related to COVID,
as equipment issues at the
Brown Hen and Novelli’s
are to blame for closures at
those locations, but repair
times have been extended
as shipping and production
of components needed for
repairs has been interrupt-
ed, in some instances for
Meanwhile, short-term
closures at Hukilau and
Bridgewater are due to pos-
itive COVID tests and both
establishments have shut
their doors for multiple days
to deal appropriately with
the virus and its after effects.
In addition, Dairy Queen
has closed due to an as yet
unexplained fire, but the ex-
tensive damage incurred by
the establishment will take
a major repair with a time-
frame extending well into
2022. The cause of the fire
remains under investigation
by local and state fire mar-
Some restaurants are also
closing permanently.
Paul Meeker is the owner
of the Off Bay Street Bistro
and he has decided recent
developments at the busi-
ness, tangentially related to
COVID, will force him to
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In a statement, he wrote,
“We have overcome and per-
severed through many ob-
stacles since the opening of
our restaurant in July 2019.
The pandemic restrictions
and shutdowns, the passing
of our beloved employee
Ryan, the chimney fire we
had, the lack of employees,
food ordering restrictions
and the lack of provisions
have all been difficult hur-
dles we have overcome.”
The final burden came
with a city-mandated need
for an upgrade to the fire
suppression system for the
building. As tenants, the
owners of Off Bay Street
Bistro could not afford this
“We have spent many
hours trying to come up
with ideas to solve this di-
lemma, unfortunately to no
avail,” Meeker said.
The restaurant plans to
close in October.
“We are not asking for
money and we don’t want to
set up a GoFundMe page or
anything like that. We just
want to inform the public,
with a heavy heart, that we
will be closing and we want
to thank you for the support
you have given us through-
out the years. We appreciate
you very much,” Meeker
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son’s Wheelhouse official-
ly closed on Aug. 15. The
restaurant was unable to
navigate the shifting man-
dates from the state and the
available product from their
food vendors, along with a
shortage of staff.
There have been some
winners in the restaurant
shakeout, as venues with
outdoor seating or larger in-
terior spaces have been the
beneficiaries of short-term
closures at other establish-
ments. In addition, city pro-
grams have allowed some
businesses to utilize parking
spaces in front of restau-
rants for additional seating.
Restaurants have also been
able to adjust their menus
to accommodate available
food supply.
The City of Florence is
hoping to work with restau-
rant owners having trouble
purchasing and receiving
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The second local restaurant that has decided to close permanently is Off Bay Street Bistro.
Book Review
“Fox and I: An
Uncommon Friendship”
By Catherine Raven
When Catherine Raven
finished her PhD in biolo-
gy, she built herself a tiny
cottage on an isolated plot
of land in Montana. She was
as emotionally isolated as
she was physically, but she
viewed the house as a way
station, a temporary rest
stop where she could gath-
er her nerves and fill out
applications for what she
hoped would be a real job
that would help her fit into
society. In the meantime,
she taught remotely and led
field classes in nearby Yel-
lowstone National Park.
Then one day she real-
ized that a mangy-looking
fox was showing up on her
“We’re next to the Bridge”
property every afternoon
at 4:15 p.m. She had never
had a regular visitor before.
How do you even talk to a
fox? She brought out her
camping chair, sat as close
to him as she dared, and
began reading to him from
“The Little Prince.”
Her scientific training
had taught her not to an-
thropomorphize animals,
yet as she grew to know
him, his personality re-
vealed itself and they be-
came friends. From the fox,
she learned the single most
important thing about
loneliness: we are never
alone when we are connect-
ed to the natural world.
Friends, however, cannot
save each other from the
uncontained forces of na-
“Fox and I” is a poi-
gnant and remarkable tale
of friendship, growth, and
coping with inevitable loss
— and of how that loss can
be transformed into mean-
ing. It is both a timely tale
of solitude and belonging
as well as a timeless story of
one woman whose immer-
food items.
Senior Economic De-
velopment Analyst Sarah
Moehrke and city staff have
been communicating with
partners at the county and
state levels to find resourc-
es to support the local food
and beverage community.
Restaurants in need of re-
sources can contact Moeh-
rke at sarah.moehrke@ for more
News about the Siuslaw Public
Library By Kevin Mittge
sion in the natural world
will change the way we view
our surroundings — each
tree, weed, flower, stone or
Monday and Tuesday, 11
a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednes-
day, Thursday and Friday
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In Mapleton, the branch
hours are Thursdays, noon
Library YouTube Channel to 5 p.m.
Do you want to know
about new authors to read?
Try TumbleBooks!
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almost 100 videos for view, hand side of the page and
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Holiday Closure
In honor of Labor Day,
the library will be closed
on Monday, Sept. 6. Reg-
ular hours in Florence re-
sume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at
11a.m. As a reminder, the
library’s current hours are
For more information
about the Siuslaw Public Li-
brary or its programs, stop
by 1460 Ninth St. in Flor-
ence or 88148 Riverview
Ave. in Mapleton, or visit
100 Hwy. 101
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The Mapleton Lions Club has an-
nounced the cancelation of the Sep-
tember pancake breakfast due to safety
during rising COVID-19 cases in the
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