They had a good run, but, in the end, they just couldn’t survive the pandemic.

The Striker at 15 Bow Street in Portsmouth had a loyal following of locals and had been around in one form or another since 1974, according to unionleader.com.

The bar and eatery are just one of the many restaurants that have had to close due to the pandemic, despite all the hard work and/or government assistance.

Every Effort to Save it Was Made

The Striker had cut its staff to the bare minimum and applied for Federal and State government, the newspaper stated, but in the end, they were just not able to keep up with payroll and operating expenses.

As a partner in the business, Chris MacDonald told the unionleader.com, “Classic crab stuffed-lobster with hollandaise is not takeout-friendly.”

Early last week the owners discovered that the $288,000 grant that they had pre-qualified for thought the Federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund would not be coming because the Small Business Administration had run out of money, per reporting by unionleader.com.

We are losing Pieces of our Culture

COVID-19 has exacted a heavy toll on our area.  We have lost pieces of our culture and icons that will not return.

The Striker had a devoted hyper-local clientele that was very supportive, but it just wasn’t able to make it through.  Not that they didn’t try their best.

Known for their live music, they tried ‘zooming’ bands in and aimed to devise an outdoor seating design that would be friendly to customers and comply with city approval.

Unfortunately, they were forced to close their doors.  It’s a sad ending that is happening all over America.

We will miss you, Striker.

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