Freeland's Beachfire Grill closes its doors

The sour economy has claimed another victim: The Beachfire Grill in Freeland abruptly closed its doors on Saturday.

"Holmes Harbor Community Partners, as the landlord to the operators of the Beachfire Grill, made the business decision to close the restaurant. This is not surprising considering the difficult economic times," said Mark T. Walsh of the Schuster Group, on behalf of Holmes Harbor Community Partners.

"At this time we have no immediate plans for the future of the restaurant," Walsh said.

The Beachfire Grill opened in May 2004 in the former home of the Holmes Harbor Golf Club grill after golf club owner and Puget Sound-area developer Mark Schuster remodeled and expanded the restaurant.

Timothy Criswell, operator of the Beachfire Grill and the Edgecliff Restaurant in Langley, announced the closure of the Beachfire Grill in an e-mail Saturday.

Criswell said in the e-mail he had learned of the closure last week, and said many of the staff members would shift to the Edgecliff. He also said coupons and gift certificates for the Beachfire Grill would be accepted at the Edgecliff through March 1.

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