11 more Seattle area restaurant closings, including a few long-loved spots


The appeal of the restaurants and bars we have lost is growing mainly due to the pandemic. Many bistro and bar owners cited declining foot traffic in the neighborhood, continued office closures, labor shortages, and high food costs due to a disruption in the supply chain. supply as the reasons for their closure.

But first good news – or at least what can be called such in these difficult times: after social media lost its mind to rumors of Beth’s coffee death, management of this brunch haunt posted on facebook that the closure is only temporary and that Green Lake Café hopes to “be back in [three to six] months – or whenever COVID is no longer under control. Management noted that it “couldn’t get enough business to make it financially viable.” … We think a lot of this has to do with COVID and the fact that many people were unaware that we had reopened since our previous shutdown due to COVID. “

Two more beloved dens that we thought we had already had their last calls, Good bar at Pioneer Square and The college hostel pub in the university district, have also found a second life. Seth Howard, Al Donohue and Jen Gonyer bought cave diving from the University of Washington and improved the beverage list with hopped beers from Cloudburst Brewing, which was just crowned “Brewery and Brewer of the Year. “by the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. But fear not, college students, the College Inn Pub always offers Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap. “The only menu item that hasn’t returned is the bagel dog – partly because of supply issues and partly because of our desire to take the microwave out of the kitchen and put it in a closet, ”said new owner Howard, who also runs Collins. Pub in the city center.

Good Bar, a popular after-work hangout, has also found a new owner in Erik Hunter, who runs the nearby Dead Line bar. Hunter keeps the name “Good Bar” but will refine the menu with small plates inspired by the flavors of North Africa, Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. The reopening is scheduled for October.

Now for the bad news. Here are 11 haunts and cafes to which we bid farewell.

Kacy Fitch owns Corner Spot, in Ballard, which is currently closed.  (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Quack quack: Ballard Bar, run by one of Zig Zag Café’s former owners, Kacy Fitch, closed this month after her three-year lease ended. Fitch, who has many followers in the craft cocktail community, said he and the landlord couldn’t agree on the terms of a new lease and that Fitch didn’t want to move due to all the challenges of the pandemic. His bar was more for the locals of the nearby Ballard Apartments than for the hipsters and bar hoppers partying on Northwest Market Street. One of the patrons who passed the last night was the legendary bartender Murray Stenson, who came to pay his respects to his former boss. The two worked together at Zig Zag. “I love this man to death,” said Stenson, who stayed for hours after the last call to catch up with Fitch in the good old days.

Loulay was once a glamorous and bustling place in the city center.  Now it has become a pandemic victim.  (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Luke and Loulay: The closures that we talked about the most this summer. Beloved “Chef au chapeau”, Thierry Rautureau, an influential figure in the local French culinary scene, said goodbye to both downtown Loulay Kitchen & Bar and his bistro Luc in Madison Valley. Award-winning chef James Beard no longer runs a restaurant in Seattle, but fans can check out his new airport project, Lou Lou Market & Bar, which will debut in November in Lobby B at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. . In a note to his fans, the chef said he and his wife Kathy would take the time to think about the future: “Until then, Kathy will remain focused on her floral design at flowerworks-seattle.com, and I’m finally going to take the time to work in our garden. We’ve made restaurant life for the past 34 years in Seattle and can’t wait to see the next generation take over and run with it.

Red Mill Totem House has mixed together two beloved Seattle icons - Red Mill Burgers and Totem House, famous for its fish and chips.  Brother and sister John and Babe Shepherd started Red Mill Burgers in Phinney Ridge in 1994. Four years later they opened another establishment in Interbay.  But now the attached burger lease has expired as a Shilshole site.  (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Totem house: Red Mill Burgers have announced that their 10-year lease has ended at their Shilshole site, but fans can still get their Bacon Deluxe (and one of the best onion rings in town) at Red Mill branches at Interbay. and Phinney Ridge. Pagliacci Pizza is taking over this first-rate real estate estate, opposite the Ballard Locks. “Red Mill appreciated [10] years at Ballard and decided it was time to pass the torch to Pagliacci, ”said Matt Galvin, co-owner of Pagliacci. “We are delighted to open a store there. It’s such a busy area and there is great outdoor seating.

Luisa’s Mexican restaurant: Repeated efforts to reach owner Scott Sellers have been unsuccessful. But according to multiple social media posts and also confirmed by a client who spoke to the Seattle Times, the owner told clients the coronavirus pandemic had taken a toll on his bottom line and he couldn’t find enough workers to staff. his kitchen. Several customers noted that Sellers walked around the dining room in his last days thanking customers for supporting his family business over the years.

Downtown espresso: In a prepared statement, owner Paul Odom said all the homeless people who gathered near his business had hurt sales, leading him to shut down a cafe in the Uptown neighborhood for almost 40 years. “The original Uptown Espresso was once a thriving gathering place for a bustling clientele. Now the biggest problem is the influx of homeless people who have gathered. It made our customers uncomfortable walking through the store door. Not only that, but the living conditions of the homeless have become a health hazard. They frequently use our display case to urinate and defecate. In addition to the global pandemic, this health hazard only aggravates the fear and has made it difficult to function. “

Opus Co. had a small team which included, from left to right, Corynn Youderian, Paolo Campbell, owner Mark Schroder and Carl Mofjeld.  The restaurant has closed.  (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Opus Co.: The closure of this beloved steakhouse has broken the hearts of many Phinney Ridge residents who swear by this neighborhood spot. But one of Opus’ cooks, Paolo Campbell, teams up with former Rione XIII chef Donnie Adams to sell Filipino fried chicken in this tiny space. The point of service at the counter will be called The chicken offer, which will debut in mid-October.

Tim's Tavern was located on the edge of Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.  This is one of 11 closures in this Seattle-area restaurant roundup.  (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Tim’s Tavern: This North Seattle hangout has been a bar for the years after Prohibition, though the space has been said to be an easy talking space during Prohibition as well. It was Jack’s Tavern and later Mackey’s Tavern and unfortunately it could end up as Tim’s Tavern. The owner has not renewed the lease for this dive bar, so co-owner Mason Reed is hoping to find another location with a large outdoor space, possibly in an industrial area where he can host concerts. “Not everyone can go straight to The Showbox or The Crocodile. It is with us that many groups take their first steps. We wanna keep being that… we wanna keep making live music, man. “

Family dinners: Sodo-based food delivery service to file for bankruptcy, Chef and owner Jesse Smith said in an email to the Seattle Times. Incomes were falling and with the high cost of food and gas, the business model was not sustainable, he said. The delivery service tried to switch to a sandwich shop but its industrial premises lacked foot traffic.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream: The Capitol Hill store announced on Facebook that “like many small businesses affected by the complexities of COVID, Old School has reached the end of the road.” Over its last weekend, the chic owners donated $ 5,000 in ice cream sales to the nonprofit Food Lifeline.

clone: ​​craft: The Belltown tasting room focused on sparkling hemp extract drinks is closed, though the owner doesn’t rule out that it may be resurrected in the future.

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