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Great Lakes Brewing Company 'temporarily' closing restaurant and patio

The restaurant says it hopes to reopen soon with 'a new service model.'

CLEVELAND — One of Cleveland's most beloved restaurants has closed its doors temporarily due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

In a letter posted on its social media platforms, Great Lakes Brewing Co. announced that beginning Wednesday, it will close its restaurant and patio temporarily to reexamine its operations.

"This decision is not an easy one for us to make, but we feel it is what’s best for the health and safety of our guests and employee-owners," the restaurant wrote. 

Great Lakes says it has "gone above and beyond" to meet the COVID-19 standards and guidelines set by the city and state since it reopened last month. "We are grateful that none of our staff have become ill and we want to keep it that way," they added.

The restaurant hopes to reopen soon with "a new service model more appropriate for our current health climate." However, the Great Lakes Brewing Company gift shop will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering packaged beer, merchandise, and and growler and crowler fills to-go. 

"So this isn’t goodbye – it’s see you later, and we can’t wait for that day to come. Until then, keep washing your hands, watch your distance, and leave that mask on whenever you’re not sipping a Dortmunder Gold at home. Thank you for your continued support," the letter concluded.