Photo courtesy Tap House Grill via Facebook

Photo courtesy Tap House Grill via Facebook

Tap House Grill took the Eastside by surprise Sunday morning when owner Paul Reder announced via Facebook that the restaurant would close after 13 years in business, effective immediately.

“All great things must come to an end. On Sunday we had to make the difficult decision to close our Tap House Grill Bellevue location. I personally have enjoyed the endeavor of bringing a great craft beer experience to Bellevue in early 2002. Along the way we have made many great friends in the form of loyal guests, amazing staff members and the Eastside community overall. THG Bellevue was my first restaurant so this is a very sad day. But ultimately, I am proud of our concept and the countless people who helped tirelessly to bring our vision to the public. Our Seattle location remains open and we welcome you to join us downtown. Guests with membership and/ or gift cards can use them in Seattle without any changes necessary. For any other inquiries please contact Tap House Grill Seattle at 206-816-3314
Thanks for letting us be of service.
Cheers!! Paul”

Tap House Grill employed about 35 people, who also were notified of the closure on Sunday. Many area restaurants posted employment opportunities in the comments of the Facebook post. Tap House Grill’s second location in Seattle will remain open.

“A decision like this does not come quickly or lightly.  I have been concerned about the long term viability of Tap House Grill for most of 2015,” Reder wrote in an email. “There are numerous factors that go into a decision like this and I think its fair to say that there isn’t one specific reason that eventually led to our closing, but a combination of things.”

Another Bellevue Connection restaurant, Rock Bottom Brewery, closed its doors on October 30 after nearly 16 years in business.

Some speculate that the closure of the two restaurants has to do with pending $5 million to $10 million renovation project in the works at the Bellevue Connection, formerly known as the Bellevue Galleria. The property, located at 6th Avenue Northeast, was purchased by Madison Marquette in 2014 for $88 million. The property, totaling more than 200,000 square feet, is anchored by Gene Juarez Salon and Spa and L.A. Fitness. A Homegrown sandwich shop opened at Bellevue Connection this past spring.