The Homestake Chop House closed on November 13th and Café 808 will be closing December 17, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Additionally, two retail stores, High Mountain Outfitters and Mohr Art Gallery will be relocating to Deadwood and Spearfish, respectively.
Homestake Chop House owner Christopher Renaud cited a lack of local patronage during slower months as a contributing factor in the decision to close. Renaud’s business plan had counted on non-tourists traveling through Deadwood and into Lead to dine at the chop house during winter months to help minimize losses.
Café 808 owner Cindy Gaffney stated that her spouse’s job loss contributed to her decision to close the restaurant. While no longer unemployed, her husband found employment out of state.
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