MARYSVILLE — The Cedarcrest Family Restaurant and Grill is still in operation for the time being, albeit not without complications.
The Marysville Globe had previously reported that the city of Marysville planned to evict Pat and Kathy Regan, who have operated the restaurant for the past six years, at the end of March.
On April 15, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wynne ruled in favor of arbitration between the Regan family and the city, which allows the Regans to continue operating the restaurant until an arbitration hearing takes place.
“We don’t know the timetable on that yet,” Regan said.
In the meantime, the Regans have found themselves isolated from their neighbors at the Cedarcrest Golf Course. According to Kathy Regan, employees of the Cedarcrest Golf Course Pro Shop, as well as the golf course maintenance shop, have been discouraged from helping them any longer.
“We used to be able to get help when we needed gas for one of the carts, or when a cart broke down, which we paid for,” Regan said. “Now, we can’t even get change in quarters, much less borrow a cart for concessions. The city wants to take over our business, but it doesn’t make sense to create such a negative atmosphere.”
Regan has also not noticed any city of Marysville employees or police officers in their restaurant since the end of March, even though she remembers a few police officers among the signers of a petition in support of the Regans.
“It’s still very hard,” Regan said. “Because of the weather, we’re still kind of between seasons right now. We’re still in business, and our customers want us to stay, but this negative atmosphere is not helping. This all started with a paperwork mistake. We’ve shown our intent to stay, and we have precedent, so why should the government want to take over a small business like ours, especially in an economy like this?”
The Regans accidentally allowed their lease to lapse Oct. 1 of last year, but they were initially encouraged by city of Marysville Chief Administrative Officer Mary Swenson to put in a bid for the restaurant, and told that if there were no other bids, the city had no plans to change the restaurant’s operations. Swenson projected that the city could eliminate its debt on the golf course by eliminating its debt on the golf course buildings, but Regan cited a number of profit-turning measures, exercised by her business, that the city won’t be able to duplicate.
When asked for comment on Regan’s latest statements, Swenson declined.
“At this point, it’s really not helpful to be playing this out in the press,” Swenson said. “We really need to get to the arbitrator and settle this through that process.”