Restaurant owner says parking issue contributed to closure

Kamloops restaurant Be Teased will soon cease to be.

In a Facebook post early Tuesday morning, Be Teased owner Sharon Toews took to Facebook to announce its Kamloops restaurant at 795 McGill Rd. will close on Nov. 1.

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After operating the restaurant for three-and a half years, Toews said she and partner Mike Gregorig will instead focus on other endeavours in light of a number of issues that have made their Kamloops location difficult to operate.

Those issues include ongoing parking struggles at 795 McGill Rd., staffing problems and an increasing minimum wage.

“Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, you’re in such a great location’ — but realistically, we’re not. Our parking at Landmark is certainly really bad,” she said.

Parking at Landmark Heights has long been an issue. Recent attempts to remedy the situation by adding more parking on nearby cemetery land were denied by city council and multiple stratas continue to clash over the matter.

Toews said things have not been very neighbourly at the development and when a new Be Teased location opens, it will be somewhere with sufficient parking.

“I can’t see it being downtown. I definitely like the Sahali area,” she said. “We’ll keep an eye open for possibilities with new developments going in.”

Toews admits she could have increased prices, and “maybe [that’s] what we should have done,” but said it’s hard to justify such an increase.

“It’s a catch-22. People are saying, ‘Well, we’re not going to pay $15 for a taco,’ and if we did we would end up with fewer customers,” she said.

Meanwhile, the two plan to focus on other endeavours, including the Scotch Creek Hub, which they purchased about a year ago with two other couples, the Be Teased food truck, which operates in the non-winter months and offers catering services, and the their Shuswap Infusions Tea company.

Toews and Gregorig opened Be Teased in Kamloops in March 2016 and operated the Be Teased food truck prior to that, building off the success of their tea business.

The shuttered restaurant will be the second recent closure at Landmark Heights. Lucky’s closed at the end of September after two years at 795 McGill Rd.

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