Nearly a year after opening, Kristi Church quietly closed the 703 on Main.

Church opened the farm to table restaurant March 10, 2018 on her 50th birthday, fulfilling a lifelong dream, she said at the time.

That dream ended March 3 when the “sorry we are closed” sign was put out for the last time. Church cited family medical issues for closing.

“We are deeply saddened by the circumstances we are facing as a family and need to take this time to be together and get through these next steps in our journey,” she said. “We will miss everyone greatly. It has been an honor serving our community.”

This is the second restaurant Church has abruptly closed in recent months. She shut the Mogollon Moose, another popular Rim Country restaurant, just a few weeks after moving it off Main Street to a building near the Swiss Village Shops on North Beeline Highway.

The closure of the 703 is another blow to Main Street, which has struggled to become a tourist draw. Church drew large crowds to her First Friday events at the Moose and regularly had a full dining room on the weekends at the 703. Online, reviews were mostly positive with diners praising Church for bringing something different to Rim Country.

The 703 W. Main St. property is listed for sale online for $299,500. The listing states the sale includes all equipment, furniture, inventory, website, branding, hard and soft goods on .33 acres.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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