da snoop.....You are correct. We ain't no swanky Yankee hoyty toydy make believe dress up snobby pretentious inbreds willing to throw our money away on $20 over priced bottom shelf hooch. Just who are they trying to impress? We ain't pretend dress up folk that are willing to get scalped on over priced booze just for the personal gratification of sitting out on the veranda and pretending we are something we are not..."Oh look honey, there is Joe and June sitting out on the veranda. They must have money to afford those drinks. They must be better people than us because they are rubbing elbows with the rich folk!" Gimme a break! This is North Adams not Washington D.C.
If it actually makes sense to close for a few months, then that means their revenue can't even cover variable costs like labor, rent and gas, let alone fixed costs like interest on the restaurant's portion of $7.8 million (i.e., they have a true operating loss, as the story says). Given that mortgage, and the expenses of a restart, the lost goodwill of layoffs and business lunch cancellations, I don't see how this move really could increase their viability much. Which is too bad.
I would have thought there was a fair amount of room between their prices and the "$12 dinner specials" the owner pooh-poohed, and that moving into that area was their only only chance, perhaps with the reduced priced options mostly available seasonally and/or on weekdays.