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Sun about to set on Monroe's Hitching Post Cafe
Dan Bates / The HeraldDanni (left) and William Kullman of Snohomish take their 7-month-old son, Gavin, to the Hitching Post Cafe to dine among David Hose murals of famous Old West scenes and movie stars Friday in Monroe. The restaurant, owned by Marie Maass, is a popular local gathering spot, but will serve customers for the last time this Sunday. Maass was unable to reach a lease renewal agreement with the building's owner.
Dan Bates / The HeraldMarie Maass gets a hug from Annique Bennett, executive director of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce on Friday. Bennett had worked to help Maass secure an acceptable lease renewal on the Hitching Post Cafe building. By this date, it was too late, said Maass. She had already sold most of her restaurant equipment and appliances.
Dan Bates / The HeraldEd Winterton of Sultan, prepares to load the old cowboy that stood next to the Hitching Post cash register, into his car Friday. Winterton bought the statue Friday from owner Marie Maass, after having dined at the cafe, which is serving customers for the last time on Sunday.
Dan Bates / The HeraldHitching Post Cafe owner, Marie Maass (right facing) talks with long time regular, Joy Johnson, while Maass' daughter, Stephanie Smith-Anderson waits tables Friday in Monroe.