After only a year and a half of business, Chairs Public House
permanently closed its doors on the evening of June 9.
The shop, originally known as Chairs Coffee and located on east Indiana Ave., moved to north Hamilton Street by Gonzaga in November of 2013. After its move and makeover, the cafe added a full menu of appetizers and entrees as well as a bar, and changed its name to Chairs Public House.
The move to the Hamilton location seemed to cause a lot of trouble for the business. According to Chairs’ website
, the shop closed due to various business issues, as well as the roughness of the restaurant industry.
Chairs sat directly across from a Starbucks, as well as Jack and Dan’s Bar and Grill. With a big corporate coffee shop on one side, and a Gonzaga staple on the other, the competition for customers was tough. Chairs had a strong focus on Gonzaga students to be its customers, but with more than five coffee shops on campus, as well as a Starbucks and several new restaurants entering the new student center, most students are opting to buy coffee and food on their meal plans rather than at local shops.
On its Facebook page, Chairs' management put out a plea
for other bars and coffee shops to hire its bartenders, baristas, cooks, or managers.