Photo by Kathy Tran.

Lakewood Smokehouse closed for good today.

The restaurant, located in Lakewood Shopping Center, announced the news in a Facebook post.

“We have loved being a part of the community for the past five years and can’t thank you enough for your support,” the post said.

The announcement cited problems caused by COVID-19 as the reason for the decision. Sales had not returned to their pre-pandemic levels, while the restaurant had been paying higher prices for items.

Neighbors flooded the comments with messages of regret.

“This is terrible news! We were consistently getting takeout from you guys during the pandemic hoping you would make it,” said Jason Muhsmann. “We loved your food.”

“From one local business owner to another, I’m sending you guys lots of love,” said Amanda Dalton Bowen, the owner of Amanda Dalton School of Dance. “I really enjoy dining in a restaurant.”

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