After almost 26 years, Bainbridge Island's The Four Swallows quietly shuttered on Wednesday. The news broke via Facebook, with loads of commenters lamenting the end of the farmhouse restaurant. Inside Bainbridge reports that the property went on the market in March along with neighboring businesses for a total value of $14.9M.
Four Swallows operated a location on the opposite side of Bainbridge for several years before relocating to the house, built in 1889. Per the closure announcement, owners Michael Sharp and Geraldine Ferraro are planning to reopen "in some capacity in the future."
To our beloved community and patrons,
we regretfully announce that as of today 10/22/2014 we are closing the Four Swallows Restaurant at our current location.
We did not come to this decision lightly. We worked diligently to secure a new lease, but unfortunately we were unable to come to an agreement with our landlords. We are working on our 26th year in business on Bainbridge Island, we have enjoyed every moment with our faithful long time guests, and staff who have become like family to us.
We intend to continue in some capacity in the future. As for this holiday season we will cease business in house, but will offer fine catering in your location. We want to thank everyone who have contributed in making our restaurant a complete success and a wonderful place we are proud to call home.