The Arc Arcade in downtown Astoria closed Monday night.
“It is with great sadness that we have decided to close our doors,” read a message posted on a window outside the papered-over front entrance on 11th and Commercial streets and later on Facebook. “It has been a labour of love each day to be a part of this community and we wish all of you the best.”
Brad Smithart opened the arcade in the Royal Building three years ago. He did not respond to requests for comment.
Building owner Jeff Bjornsgard had previously put a for-lease sign on a window outside the building. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen there with the building,” Bjornsgard said in a voicemail message.
Before the arcade, the building housed Deals Too, a second location of Bjornsgard’s discount store Deals Only east on Commercial Street.
Smithart opened the arcade while operating the Astoria Riverwalk Inn, where he racked up significant debt to government agencies and contractors through his company Hospitality Masters.
The city won a judgment against Smithart in November for $118,331 in overdue lodging taxes. Susan Brooks, the city’s finance director, said Smithart has not repaid the money.
During operation of the Riverwalk Inn, Hospitality Masters had been sued four times by the Port of Astoria over landlord-tenant issues.
The Port filed a fifth lawsuit in November and is seeking more than $400,000 in rent and revenue-sharing the agency claims Smithart owes. The case has been set aside until a lawsuit by Param Hotel Corp. against the Port over the operation of the Riverwalk Inn is resolved.