Marbles Restaurant in Uptown Waterloo is latest business to close due to COVID-19

Marbles Restaurant in Uptown Waterloo is the latest local business to be negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

They’re set to permanently close their doors after 43 years of operation on Nov. 27. 

The restaurant is owned and managed through The Fat Sparrow Group, which “is a carefully curated cluster of restaurants and food producers.” 

Marbles posted an update on their Facebook page about the upcoming closure and thanked the community for their continued patronage. 

“We shared the news with our amazing staff last week, without whom we would not have even made it this far. It has been an honour for us @fatsparrowgroup to carry on the traditions of fine food and warm service at Marbles, one of Waterloo region’s most storied spaces,” the post said. 

“However due to the unforeseeable strain that COVID-19 has put on our little restaurant we simply can not continue to operate. Thank you to all our guests past and present and thanks to everyone in the community that has supported us and every small business during this time of need.” 

Although, it was also specified in the post that “The Fat Sparrow Group is not going anywhere, as tough a blow as this is we won’t stop fighting for our community, customers and most importantly our beloved staff!” 

Many local restaurants and stores throughout Kitchener-Waterloo are coping with the financial strain that has been added because of the pandemic. 

Lockdown and ongoing changes to provincial and city-wide COVID-19 procedures have made it difficult for businesses to function normally. 

Marbles Restaurant has been open since 1977 and had secured itself as a beloved Waterloo staple on William Street. 

They join other small businesses such as Death Valley’s Little Brother, Chainsaw and Starlight Lounge, among others in the region who have also had to close for good over the past few months since the pandemic took hold in KW. 

People in the community have been encouraged more than ever to show their support as much as possible for local brick and mortar stores and restaurants while respecting public health guidelines related to COVID-19. 

Support can be shown through the purchase of online vouchers and gift cards, ordering delivery from local eateries, interacting with businesses through social media, leaving positive reviews and choosing independent shops whenever possible over big-box stores.

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