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Has a tipping point finally been reached on Capitol Hill? A whole mess of restaurants and bars have closed here recently, along with a handful across the city.

MEZA on Capitol Hill: Perhaps you remember last summer's SPD investigation Operation Super Boosters, involving merchandise stolen from Seattle grocery stores and allegedly involving Meza—ultimately, however, those allegations came to naught. Now Meza is closed, with a sign on the door saying thank you and "Maybe again someday..."

22 on Capitol Hill: The restaurant formerly known as 22 Doors is also closed and says the closure is temporary. Owner Josephine Wong scolded Capitol Hill Seattle blog for speculating about a possible change in ownership/name/etc.: "Don't write about rumors." However, 22 has been rumored to be for sale for a looooong time. Wong could not be reached for comment.

THE ELITE on Capitol Hill: Olive Way's wholesomely windowed gay bar also says it'll reopen soon, according to one sign, but owes $56,930 in back taxes according to another.

THE LOCAL VINE on Capitol Hill: Started by two Harvard MBAs with big-time corporate résumés, this upscale place sought to demystify wine with more than 80 by-the-glass pours, "approachable, communal, and wine-focused" small plates, tastings, and classes ("Call us crazy, but we think it's doable," they said). The original LV in Belltown closed down because of shoddy building construction; the phone at the University Village branch is disconnected, and the website is for sale.

TRAVELERS TEA COMPANY on Capitol Hill: The beloved Indian thali/knickknack shop on Pine closed after the landlord chose not to honor the lease extension and wanted to double the rent, according to owner Allen Kornmesser's partner Leon Reed ("This landlord is one I'll be glad to be rid of," he says). Kornmesser also underwent surgery recently; there's a ChipIn online if you'd like to help, and/or you can spend money and eat happily at the newer Travelers, which remains open in a cute house on Beacon Hill.

• Also now closed on Capitol Hill: FAIRE GALLERY CAFE, with the message from the owner, "Don't be sad that it is over—be glad we did something amazing for six years" (but still: sad!) • CHAO BISTRO, which Chow Foods (the 5 Spot, Endolyne Joe's, the Hi-Life) got mad at for its name in 2009, more recently home to gamers • TEAPOT VEGETARIAN HOUSE, which will be replaced by Bamboo from the owner of the late Pho 900 on Broadway, per CHS—the Teapot in Redmond remains open • SAMUI THAI, already replaced by the Patio, which is also Thai • and (the third place on 15th) KARAM'S, the Lebanese restaurant that's been next to the Bagel Deli for 25 years—they sweetly say, "You have given us so many beautiful memories... You will forever be in our hearts. Here's to you and to new beginnings. Thank you!"

ELEMENTAL and ELEMENTAL NEXT DOOR near Gasworks Park: The food at Elemental was very good, but they wouldn't take reservations and had a peculiar waiting-list policy, and dealing with Elemental owner/waitperson/sommelier/bossypants Phred Westfall could be quite taxing. Some people could hack it; some never went back. Elemental Next Door, which opened later, also had lovely food and tons of wine and no Phred: "SAME FOOD, LESS ATTITUDE," they themselves acknowledged. (They also gave you a free glass of bubbles when you walked in, which may be the smartest thing any restaurant can do—a miniscule expenditure that launches the diner on a nearly inescapable trajectory of happiness.)

ROLLIN Q mobile: On the road for just a couple months, Rollin Q's truck had a custom-built smoker operated by a retired firefighter/professional chef from Texas. It sounded promising, but then its website recently said: "Thank You to all our Seattle Fans! Rollin Q Mobile Food Truck is no longer in the Food Truck Business, due to the Recent sale of the company to an Alaska base company an opportunity came our way we could not pass up. Again Thank You."

BALLARD AVE PUB in Ballard: This sparsely decorated pub, which was actually on Market Street, closed without explanation. Commenters on My Ballard said, "Shocking" and "Won't miss it at all. Crappy sports bar atmosphere without the cheap drinks."

SNOOSE JUNCTION PIZZERIA in Ballard: This Market Street pizza place closed down a few months ago, and now Pestle Rock Isan Thai Cuisine has applied for a liquor license for the space. The Snoose Junction in Greenwood remains open.

UPDATE! How could we forget:

LE GOURMAND in Ballard: After more than a quarter-century of making beautiful food in a lovely setting, owners/chefs Bruce and Sara Naftaly closed up shop at the end of June. They’re teaching cooking classes, doing private dinners, and being less tired. recommended


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Did you really just rip comments from My Ballard? You couldn't find two Ballard residents to comment on it yourself (or just forego the man-on-the-street commentary)? Damn, that's lazy. And you couldn't even give them a linkback?
Posted by madcap on July 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
@1: Linked, thanks!
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on July 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
"had a peculiar waiting-list policy"

Ugh...why make simple things difficult.
Posted by ryanmm on July 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
The Local Vine basically sucked. WAY overpriced and they rarely could be bothered to wait on the patrons. Poco is/was/still is the best wine bar around.

Chao Bistro. If they could have only figured out what kind of food they wanted to make/serve and if they could get a bartender that knew how to make a drink, well, then they might have made it. Surprised it took this long. Good bye.
Posted by nador on July 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Could Sammie Sue Parrott PUHLEEZE come back to the corner of 12th & E Pike? She had the only place in that spot ever worth going to!
Posted by COMTE on July 18, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
Baby Blue 6
The only surprise here for me is that Snoose on Market is gone! I don't frequent either because I'm not crazy about their sauce but I thought they did pretty good business.
Posted by Baby Blue on July 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 7
Ballard Ave Pub was open maybe two days a week, and nothing about it looked appealing when I walked by. It won't be missed.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
Alas, poor NAOS, I knew him well, Horatio.

He was a funk brunch bar of infinite majesty.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Karam's oh no! They were so charming and the food was great. Will I still be able to get Garlic Sauce at Madison Market?
Posted by Creme Puff on July 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM · Report this
schmacky 10
Very sad about Elemental Next Door closing. They should have closed the other place and just made Next Door the model. Good, reasonably priced food (for what you get) and wine you could pick off the wall. And a glass of champagne when you walked in the door. Crap.
Posted by schmacky on July 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
benjammin509 11
Chao was a nice dive bar. Will miss.
Posted by benjammin509 on July 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Too bad about the Local Vine and Chao I liked those places.
Posted by Seattle14 on July 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Orcas Landing in Hillman City closed last week too. Not a total surprise, given that the owner was more than a little insane and/or intoxicated.
Posted by dashel on July 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
Thai Curry Simple on 12th is moving, too.
Posted by tkc on July 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 15
Collapsing urbism as people flee to the exurbs.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM · Report this
McGee 16
I was up on 15th recently and The Karam's space currently has a sign that says it is re-opening as Harissa Lebanese Cuisine.
Posted by McGee on July 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM · Report this
Ballard Ave Pub was great, everyone can stuff if. Sorry if it wasn't as *cool* as hazelwood (cap hill for ballardites), Bal Mar (Belltown for ballardites) or Matador (Bellevue for ballardites).

Supposedly the owners sold to a restaurant. Can't wait for whatever ballcap/brastrap servicing place goes in as Ballard turns into Fremont west.
Posted by douchelord on July 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM · Report this
Also Snoose can die in a car fire. They had terrible service.
Posted by douchelord on July 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM · Report this
cressona 19
This is the saddest ever "Now Closed" for me. Teapot Vegetarian House on 15th Ave. was one of my absolute favorite restaurants in town. Went there more than any other place outside my neighborhood. I got the news myself last week when I went there for lunch and instead found the windows papered over.

It's a shame they moved several years ago from their original location on 15th to that second-floor spot right over the Subway. In the streetscape, the storefront just blended into the background.

I guess the only consolation is that the Teapot in Bellevue-Redmond is still around considering that it looks to be doing quite well. Can anyone confirm?

Also bummed to see that Travelers is closed. What a remarkable store, in addition to the restaurant. Then again (back to the consolations) I hadn't even realized there was a Travelers on Beacon Hill.

And finally. I seem to be on a theme of one location closing and another staying around. So if one Snoose Junction had to close, I'm glad it's the Ballard one and not the Greenwood one. The Greenwood location is a gem. The Ballard location--I'm glad now I never went there in case I'd have found that was a gem too.
Posted by cressona on July 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM · Report this
Here are a couple dumb questions from an out-of-towner who was born in Seattle: Has Canlis by the Aurora Bridge closed down? I don't see any ads for it anymore. Is it because of the bad economy and that it has been notoriously listed as one of THE priciest restaurants in Seattle?
Posted by auntie grizelda on July 19, 2012 at 3:07 AM · Report this
@20 No need to worry, Canlis is experiencing a bit of a renaissance right now. Their newish chef won a Food & Wine magazine best new chef award and was in the running for a James Beard award. The third generation Canlis brothers managing now put on an incredible social media campaign a couple years ago that was such a big deal around the city that local tv stations reported on it. They are still constantly being recognized locally and nationally for excellent service and wine program too. It's looking like they'll survive a while longer.
Posted by tofu oyako on July 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Oh no! I had possibly the best meal of my life at Elemental. Can't believe I never got to go back.
Posted by Dr. Henry Chillberg on July 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
@21: tofu oyako: Thank you for the update. I'll start saving up so I can go eat there.
Posted by auntie grizelda on July 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
Etherite 24
No mention that the Travellers space is already being replaced next month?
Posted by Etherite on July 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
birdy num num 25
ballard is most certainly the new bellevue. @17, one does not have to go to matador to figure that out...ballard is so boring with nowhwere to park.
Posted by birdy num num on July 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
@25 How is it supposed to be the new Bellevue if there is no place to park? Please stay away, we are fine without you coming here and parking, thanks!
Posted by douchelord on July 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM · Report this
Oh, gawd yes, parking in Ballard is not good, and it's being so hipsterated....that said, UMA is DAMN FINE, and I thought the BF was going to MARRY his pineapple curry. I don't blame him, it was fantastic!!!
Posted by Snoozysnoosy on July 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM · Report this
There is so much hatred for what is called the new "Fremont" and "Ballard" but at least it not some honky hideway it was 20 years ago...get over it.
Posted by bwizard on July 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Personal Trainer 29
I dined at The Local Vine many times years ago. That's too bad they are closing. Pretty ironic that I recently made a positive comment on a post about new restaurants opening in town. Dough!! :)
Posted by Personal Trainer on August 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this

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