Business

Olympia rib joint shuts doors

OLYMPIA - Tony Roma's restaurant in west Olympia closed this week, a Westfield Capital mall official and a customer said on Friday.

Stanley Smiedt, one of three people listed on the restaurant's Olympia business license, confirmed Friday that the Tony Roma's at 625 Black Lake Boulevard no longer is in business.

"It has closed for good," said Smiedt, who declined to give a title, or explain his connection to the restaurant.

The names Greg Hazard and Julian Josephson also were listed on the business license. Josephson and Hazard could not be reached to comment. District Manager Laura Hansen also could not be reached.

Tony Roma's, a mall tenant since at least 1995, closed Wednesday, said Brooke Hare, the mall's marketing director. Hare also declined further comment.

Longtime customer Bob Solie of Olympia discovered the business was closed and that the front door was padlocked after he attempted to dine there Thursday night.

"They always seemed like they were doing plenty of business," Solie said. "They had great ribs, a good atmosphere and generally pretty good help. It was a nice place to go for dinner."

Julio Brito, manager of a Tony Roma's in Seattle Northgate neighborhood, said that in addition to the Olympia restaurant, a Tony Roma's in Tukwila also had closed. The company's Website on Friday no longer listed the Olympia restaurant.

Recently, Tony Roma's has closed restaurants in Bellevue, Redmond and in downtown Seattle, Brito said.

Brito said he was surprised that the Tukwila location had closed because it appeared to be doing well.

"It was making crazy money," he said.

Tony Roma's Olympia restaurant was current in its state Department of Revenue tax payments, said Mike Gowrylow, a spokesman for the department.

Rolf Boone covers business for The Olympian. He can be reached at 360-754-5403 or at rboone@theolympian.com.

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