The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of many Northern Colorado eateries. Now, another restaurant is closing after serving the community for nearly 100 years.

Miners Tavern in Erie closed its doors on Saturday (Oct. 2) due to staffing issues brought on by the virus, which forced the restaurant to shorten its hours.

"For years, Miners Tavern has been a great community hangout to have a great burger and beer and share memories with each other. COVID has understandably impacted many businesses, and we are not immune," announced the tavern in a Facebook post. "Our hearts go out to our staff as well...we thank you for the years of patronage and support of Miners Tavern."

According to Denver7, Miners Tavern had been an Erie staple since it first opened in 1926. While the restaurant has shut down two times before, the station reports that this closure will likely be permanent.

"It's just one thing after another. There is no end in sight to when the difficulty is going to end. It's crushing to see it come to an end," Mark Rockwell, the tavern's co-owner, said to the station, noting his concern for the restaurant's staff. "It is soul-crushing to have to tell these people, 'sorry, you don't have a job anymore.'"

However, Rockwell is still holding out hope that the local economy will improve as the pandemic subsides. If it does, a third reopening is possible for the restaurant.

"While we make no promises, there is a possibility that the Miners Tavern will return in the future should market circumstances change," read the Facebook post.

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