The Cattin’s Family restaurant has closed its doors in Puyallup

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The Cattin Family Restaurant at 105 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup, has closed permanently. The building, now owned by a company associated with the Washington State Fair, has been a restaurant since the 1970s.

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Cattin’s Family Restaurant, one of the few 24-hour restaurants in the area, has closed after 48 years in Puyallup. The future of the property, which is owned by a company associated with the Washington State Fair, is yet to be determined.

Owner Hermann Harris announced the news on an 8.5-inch-by-11-inch piece of white paper posted on the front door in early August.

“I’m sorry to inform everyone: after 48 years of serving you, we are closing the restaurant,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, it was a pleasure to get to know everyone, not only as a guest but also as friends. Thank you for everything.”

He signed it, simply, “Hermann”.

Many customers have called the restaurant at 105 9th Avenue SW, a short walk from The Fairgrounds, simply Hermann’s Diner.

Harris, who was born in Germany, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Cattin’s owner, Hermann Harris, left a note on the door in early August announcing the closure. “It was a pleasure to get to know everyone, not only as guests but also as friends.” Clare Grant / The Newsstand [email protected]

Former Puyallup Companion Charlie’s Restaurant & Lounge described it on Facebook last week as “one of the greatest monuments in downtown Puyallup”. The post has been shared more than 180 times, with dozens of people sharing memories of first dates, visits with grandparents and mid-night meals after maybe one drink too many.

“When you think of Puyallup Fair, you think of Cattin’s – they just go together,” the post read.

Holly Alkire, who has lived in Puyallup for 34 years, pointed out that Cattin’s was the third casual restaurant to close in recent years.

Jason’s Restaurant elected not to renew its lease expiring in September 2020 after 22 years at 1402 South Meridian. The Hangar Inn, perched near the runway at Thun Field Pierce County Airport, closed in April 2019; the snow Top Gun Bar & Grill.

The Hangar Inn provided Alkire and his brother with their first jobs, and their mother worked there for 31 years, before moving to Cattin’s a few years ago.

“Cattin’s was a nice place to stop and eat some great food,” Alkire told the News Tribune in a post. “I hope that in the future other restaurateurs will open diner type restaurants like the ones we have lost. I really miss my American Ham and Cheese Omelets!

ANOTHER CLOSURE RELATED TO THE CATTIN PANDEMIC

Over 90,000 US restaurants closed between the start of the pandemic and June 2021, according to Dataessential’s Firefly system, which tracks the restaurant industry. Sit-down casual dining, under which a restaurant like Cattin’s would fall, accounted for around 9%, surpassed only by fine dining at 11%. On the other hand, fast-casual and fast-service accounted for around 7% each, but rebounded faster than any other restaurant sub-sector, reaching pre-pandemic levels in the summer of 2020.

Cattin is closed during the initial outbreak and did not attempt takeout until May 8, according to a Facebook post. Later that month, Harris lamented the effect of pandemic restrictions on small businesses. In June, when dining rooms reopened at limited capacity, he asked customers to be patient.

“We have no idea how this is going to go. We have about 45 new things to pick up and it will be a challenge and a huge learning curve,” he wrote.

The restaurant never resumed full-day service, opening around 8 a.m. and only serving until 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

“It’s been a tough year for many of us restaurants,” he said in a March 2021 Facebook post. “I want to thank our guests [for] all the support you have given me over the years, especially the last few months.

A post from Thanksgiving last year seems to be the latest.

THE FAIR WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF CATTIN

Fair spokeswoman Stacy Van Horne told the Puyallup Herald and the News Tribune that Harris “retired after many decades in the business.”

Asked what will happen to the property, she replied: “We are still determining a plan. So currently unknown.

The site opened in the 1970s as part of the National The Sambo chain, whose pejorative name, derived from a 19th century children’s book, eventually bankrupted the company. A Lakewood outpost became an IHOP, and Puyallup’s restaurant, built in 1973 according to county property records, became Cattin’s.

Harris identifies himself as the owner-operator of Cattin’s on his personal Facebook page, which also mentions stints at California restaurants, including one Sambo’s and two others that have since closed, Woody’s Grill and Eppie’s Restaurants.

The 3,800 square foot Cattin’s in Puyallup was updated in 1990. Puyallup Restaurant Investors LLP purchased the property in 2005 for $1.2 million, selling it to 9th & Meridian LLC in 2014 for $1.5 million. dollars. The company is publicly traded under the Western Washington Fair Association and Renee McClain, who joined The Fair in 1996 and will become CEO in October.

Kristine Sherred joined The News Tribune in December 2019, after a decade in Chicago where she worked for restaurants, a liquor wholesaler and a food bookstore. She previously covered the food sector for Industry Dive and William Reed. Find her on Instagram @kcsherred and Twitter @kriscarasher.
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