The D&R Theatre to close

Business developer John Yonich has revealed to KXRO news that Monday he will close and cease operations of the D&R Theatre, Scoops and Backstage Espresso in Aberdeen, three of the businesses he started after moving back to Grays Harbor 5 Years ago.

Citing fatigue and frustration with city and state bureaucracy, Yonich says, “It’s just time”. Initially interested in revitalizing the Morck Hotel and returning it to its former glory with fellow investor Chester Trabucco until differing visions forced those plans into litigation, Yonich acquired the D&R Theatre with the intent of using it for offices.

He then completely renovated the theatre with the idea of putting on live concerts to bring people to the downtown area of Aberdeen. After the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee put on this first show in October of 2009 with multi-platinum rockers Candlebox at the D&R, Yonich signed several major performers to appear such as Bill Cosby, Josh Turner, Eric Church, Styx, Lorretta Lynn and Paul Rodgers.

Also, the theatre has been used for charity events for the United Way of Grays Harbor, area churches and a cancer fundraiser for Tabitha Kowall, in which Yonich donated $20,000 to the cause. How the closure will affect Amore Restaurant, another business started by Yonich is unclear at this time.

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said that the first he heard of the D&R closing was when he received a phone call form Yonich at about 3:15 on Friday. Simpson said that Yonich informed him that he was going to close the theatre, and when asked if they could talk about it, Yonich said there was nothing to talk about. Simpson says that he is sad to see the theatre go.

D & R Theatre image by Darrell Westmorland

Image by Darrell Westmoreland DMW Images



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