There won't be lines for sandwiches and ice cream at The Bair
for a few months -- and possibly evermore.
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TNT reporter Brent Champaco reports that The Bair, the restaurant, catering and ice cream parlor that operates out of Steilacoom's historic Bair Drug & Hardware building, may not reopen. A weak and sagging roof is at issue.
Martha Lintott, who operates the restaurant with her husband, Ed, said the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, which owns the 1895 building, hasn't kept up with structural problems. According to a note on the restaurant's web site, The Bair closed for repairs July 15.
"We're just assuming they're not going to finish the work in the amount of time they say," Lintott said. "If they don't get it done in 180 days, then they have to release us."
Robert Edington, president of the historical society, confirmed that the nonprofit group is in negotiations to terminate the lease. The association wants to make the building safe, he said.
The Lintotts have operated the restaurant for seven years. They pay $1,775 a month to lease the building. Their lease runs out in 2010.
"It's a 100-year-old building," said Brant Shalikashvili, chairman of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association's committee that oversees the Bair building. "It was put in in a way that would not support the load of repairs that are being planned."
Before the business can reopen, Steilacoom's preservation and review board and its building officials must approve the proposed $50,000 in roof improvements. The board meets once a month.
Read more in Wednesday's News Tribune.