Restaurant closes after owners 'shaken to core' by 'life challenges'

Zoe Greszler • Apr 20, 2018 at 4:00 AM

BELLEVUE — One of Bellevue’s local restaurants, will close its doors for good this month.

Bone Boy’s BBQ The Smokehouse, which has been open for a little more than two years, announced the restaurant part of its 109 W. Main St. business in Bellevue would close. However, the catering section would remain open.

“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that we will be closing the restaurant part of our business. Our final day will be Saturday, April 28,” owner Tom Schwan announced in a Facebook post. 

“We have experienced some major hurts and life challenges in the last two years, some that have shaken us to our core.”

The couple have been active in promoting alcohol and drug awareness to area students, specifically by presenting a program titled “Joey’s Story” — named after their son, Joey Silcox, who died from a heroin/fentanyl overdose at age 25 in November 2016.

Schwan said he and his wife Lavin “always desired to be of service to others.”

He said opening a restaurant was one of his dreams and this was a way to fulfill that desire. The Schwans did all they could to make the business work successfully. 

“In everything we do, we seek out God’s will and His direction, and in opening the restaurant we did that as well,” he said in the post. “With that being said, with each challenge we faced, we fought to overcome them. We tried changing our hours, we tried changing our menu on certain days of the week, we tried adding delivery as an option, but the challenges continued, and at this time we feel this is the thing to do.”

Schwan, a 1987 graduate of Monroeville High School, asked for the community’s support in the matter.

“Please continue to keep us in your prayers, as we continue to seek God’s will,” he said.

Bone Boy’s originally began as a catering business, and Schwan said that portion of the business will continue. 

“We will continue to provide our top quality menu items, served with a strong desire to assist in making your event the best it can be,” he said. “Every job that we have in our books will not change, and if you have an event you are considering having catered, call us, we would love to add yours to our calendar.”

The location headquarters will remain the same on Main Street, and Schwan said they hope to open it up to special events “from time to time,” which would be promoted through Bone Boy’s Facebook page, he said. The facility will be available for rent as well for parties, events, business meetings and more. 

Orders to feed a small group of 10 or more need a three-day advanced notice. Larger orders may need more time to prepare.

Schwan said both the employees and customers started out as strangers, but now he and his wife view them as family and friends.

“We are forever grateful for our staff, a majority of which were high school students, and some, their first job,” Schwan said. “We hope that we have made their work experience a good one; it has been truly our joy to be a part of their lives, they are like family.

“Our customers have been some of the best ever, many we now call our friends, and because of that we experience the heaviness in our hearts. But we thank you for your continued friendship.”

To contact Bone Boy’s after April 28, call 419-706-6251.

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