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Now Closed

Recent Restaurant RIPs

Now Closed


• IL CORVO • Pike Place Market: But never fear—the awesome pasta will return in a bigger Pioneer Square space, where BuiltBurger used to be, in the new year. Also coming soon in Pioneer Square: Matt Dillon's Bar Sajor (plus a bakery/cafe called London Plane) and a butcher shop from Rain Shadow Meats' Russ Flint (who says yes, it will be called Rain Shadow Meats II: Electric Boogaloo, but we're pretty sure he's kidding). YAY.

• SHIPWRECK TAVERN • West Seattle: After three short years, the rather awesome dive is now serving down in Davy Jones's locker. The owners say, "The ship is wrecked... We want to thank everyone for all their support and especially to all the wonderful musicians who have graced this bar... We love you all and thanks again."

• OLD TOWN ALEHOUSE • Ballard: Goodbye, Old Town—the space will become a New Ballard–style "Prohibition Era Apothecary Bar" called Percy's, featuring a couple of prodigal mustachioed barkeeps returning from Manhattan's Apotheke, all brought to you by one of the owners of Bimbo's/the Cha Cha/King's Hardware.

COSTAS OPA • Fremont: After one million years, the world's first Greek restaurant is closed. Congrats to owner Costas Antonopoulos on its (and his own) longevity.

35TH STREET BISTRO • Fremont: Used to be the Still Life (sigh), had its ups and downs as 35th Street, soon will become the probably completely great Agrodolce from Maria Hines (Tilth, Golden Beetle).

B&O ESPRESSO • Capitol Hill: After 36 years, they're really, finally, actually closing—say good-bye on the final day, December 9. Then IT'S BAAAAAACK: Watch for a new location in Ballard at 5404 Leary Avenue Northwest in the New Year.

EMMER&RYE • Queen Anne: After almost three years, Seth Caswell shut down, citing 150 percent higher costs and static check averages, as well as having taken on too large of a space. He says: "Thank you to all of the support for emmer&rye... there are millions of great memories to hold on to forever," and urges us all to keep supporting local farmers.

RORO BBQ • Ballard: After less than a year, the RoRo near Ballard High School and (too near?) Smokin' Pete's is done, due to lack of business (as an employee told My Ballard). We also just belatedly found out the Georgetown RoRo closed this past spring. The Wallingford branch remains open.

JUJU and ALLEY BURGER • Belltown: This incarnation of Juju felt kinda generic—like it was meant to efficiently dispense drinks and then be hosed out at the end of the night. (Back on Capitol Hill a billion years ago, the bar, then called the Bad Juju Lounge, had a large live snake that resided depressively in a glass enclosure among the liquor bottles.) As for Alley Burger, we heard it looked great but tasted less so.

LUISA TAQUERIA • Beacon Hill: Luisa didn't last long, but soon the space will house Beacon Ave Sandwiches, brought to you by the people behind the great cafe/community-and-hiphop hangout the Station.

ALL-PURPOSE PIZZA • Central District: After seven years, the owner told Central District News, it just wasn't penciling out—sad!

ALSO NOW CLOSED: CAFE KANAPE on Capitol Hill: The building was reportedly sold • LA CASA AZUL in Wallingford: Well-reputed, family run; the original in Greenwood remains open • GASPARE on Phinney Ridge: After a looong time • PAU HANA on Capitol Hill: In that weird space where nothing lasts behind Skelly and the Bean • PHO TAI on Capitol Hill: That place across from Machiavelli that was always sadly empty, yet lasted an oddly long time • PIG 'N' WHISTLE in Greenwood: It was right next to the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., and it's already become Canada/hockey-themed bar the Angry Beaver • PINKABELLA CUPCAKES on Queen Anne: The other locations remain open. recommended


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So the co-opting of Fremont is now complete. Anyone know if Chase will have a bike-up window?
Posted by Brrrrzap! on December 12, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 12
Always sad to see closings (unless the place is just horrible - and usually horrible places don't last two or three years or more). Most of these places I consider relatively new and most of my old haunts are long gone...but circle of life, right?

When a number of good restaurants go under, it says more about the economy, I think, than it does about service, food, and location. Not everyone these days can afford $22 entrees that turn out to be a half cup of food. When I decided about 10 years ago to try to live on less, one of the first things to go was an occasional night out at a good restaurant. Just undo-able on a small budget. Got to the point where I'd take a friend out and the tab would be $75 or more (and we'd be hungry an hour later). Fine if you have a great salary, but I don't anymore. Still, very sad to see an establishment serving excellent food and providing excellent service not be able to make it.

Anybody know when things are going to get better?
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
@7: You are correct, sir (if you are a sir?), but it'll be open until Dec. 20th, so we did not include it here. That space has had a lot of turnover, too... HAUNTED CORNER???
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on December 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
So, the first thing you'll see after crossing the bridge into Fremont will be a giant Chase Bank? That'll help maintain the supposed independent feel-good hippie vibe of the neighborhood. Their neighborhood planning committee must be as impotent as Capitol Hill's.
Posted by fad on December 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Womyn2me 9
Not surprised by the BBQ deaths in Ballard. I've eaten at both of them twice and decided that the cooks have never actually eaten barbeque.
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\ on December 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Oh Pho Tai, how I mourn thee. You were never the best pho nor bahn mi I've ever tasted - but for outside the International District you were great. Your staff was quick, friendly, and never judgmental no matter how quickly/slovenly I stuffed your sandwiches in my face. You never so much as raised an eyebrow on what were clearly hangover mornings and multiple walks of shame, regardless of how disheveled I was. You would gleefully take orders up until you're wonderfully late closing time, you had free parking, Your huge patio was great for people watching on sunny days. I will miss your cute waiter and bad Vietnamese top 40 on the speakers. Your tofu bahn mi was amazing. RIP, my friends.
Posted by Subdued Excitement on December 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this
You've got: "PAU HANA on Capitol Hill: In that weird space where nothing lasts behind Skelly and the Bean."

Skelly and the Bean is also closing.
Posted by Ignatz Ratzkewatzke on December 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
@5 Sorry, *EAST* of there.
Posted by ortolan on December 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Oh and again @3 about the view of the canal. You ever seen that John Wayne movie McQ? His house boat was right there, maybe a little west of there, but right there. If anyone wants to see Seattle as it existed in 1974 fire up your netflix and get McQ.

Best line ever in a movie too. At the very end Wayne says, "hey, there's a bar over there. Let's get a drink." Roll credits. . .
Posted by ortolan on December 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM · Report this
@3 Yeah I figured as much. I walked outta there going "what a coup" for him. I at least more or less, again, confirmed that the old building and facade will stay in place.
Posted by ortolan on December 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Costas Opa retired after Chase offered to buy out his restaurant to make a downtown Fremont bank branch.

When I first started going there, it had a great view of the canal from every floor.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM · Report this
I went by Costas Opa and spoke with Costas and I can more or less confirm the corner will now house a Chase Bank branch. Yay!
Posted by ortolan on December 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM · Report this
Well this is a lot of depressing news to start my morning with. There are a lot of great places on this list. Any word when the Canterbury is closing?
Posted by mitten on December 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM · Report this

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