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Bizerq and Benchwarmers Closing, "Barely Open a Few Months"

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Cesar Morales' Statement on Closing of Bizerq and Benchwarmers

*Via and

After a lot of going back and forth, I have come to the difficult conclusion that I must close Benchwarmers and Bizerq. There were numerous obstacles, frustrations and delays just to get the doors open. We were barely open a few months, yet it doesn't make business sense to keep going. In retrospect the business was doomed from the inception. I was over-confident in thinking any business could pay such exorbitant rent. It is now obvious why the building sat empty for the last 6-7 years.

We were forced to create Benchwarmers at the last minute to comply with food requirements for the liquor license, and sadly it showed. As time went it became increasingly obvious that the numbers, even at their best, could not support the rent. I wanted to hold on as long as I could for the sake of the staff. It's a horrible feeling to know that 30+ people no longer have jobs.

I am grateful for the regulars who frequented Benchwarmers and for the people who stopped by Bizerq in the short two months it was open. I also want to thank the entire staff for doing their thing and putting in the love and effort. I especially want to thank Erin Hansen who was there from day one and busted her ass to get us open. She was a trooper and I am saddest of all to see her go. It was a tough journey but we did everything we could. I walk away humbled and (more than ever) grateful for how amazing Wood is.

Once again thank you for those that showed love and my sincerest apologies to the staff.

Cesar Morales

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