“How are we going to survive it?” Spokane Valley bar feeling construction pain

The manager of a Spokane Valley bar which has served customers for nearly 50 years says its future is in jeopardy.

If you want to grab a drink at the Bayou Bar and Grill, you’ll have to drive down a stretch of North Barker Road. The only problem? Most of it is closed for construction. Bar employees are desperately trying to spread the word that they are still open.

Bar manager Danyell Bradbury said, “We get multiple calls say saying, ‘Are you still open? How do we get to you?'”

Many customers have been coming to the bar for decades. Barker Road construction started in late May, Bradbury said the bar has already lost half f its typical sales.

“We’re having days where it’s even hard to cover payroll,” she said. “How are we going to survive it?”

Bradbury wants the city of Spokane Valley to install signs to let people know they can still drive on a portion of Barker to access the bar. Two signs with an arrow along Trent which read “Business Access” have been posted.

“We’re trying to get people in the door to know that we’re still here,” Bradbury said. “We still have great customer service, we still have great food, we’re still here.”

Construction is expected to wrap up in September.

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