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Recent Restaurant RIPs

Now Closed

Kelly O


SHOWA • Fremont: The Fremont izakaya spot from the chef of Eastlake's (very good) Sushi Kappo Tamura only lasted about a year. Before that, fancy omakase Chiso Kappo (same chef) only made it a few years. Maybe it's the weird upstairs space? (Which has been sold, reportedly to another restaurant.)

BORSALINO'S • Eastlake: Even Borsalino's (formerly a Romio's) seemed surprised they lasted as long as they did—as their Facebook had exclaimed, "Borsalino's has made it to our first anniversary!" Borsalino's was in that castle-style building near the University Bridge, which used to be a club called the Scoundrel's Lair—Soundgarden and the Melvins played there.

GUANACO'S TACOS PUPUSERIA • Capitol Hill: Our own Megan Seling bemoans, "The delicious pupusa place on Broadway behind that Mexican restaurant across from Hana is closed! I tried to go there the other day and it was all packed up. SAD." The Guanaco's in the U-District is still open: Someone very busy-sounding there said, "It just didn't work out—not enough business." But! Already installed in the space: delightful torta-makers Barriga Llena ("full belly"), transplanted from Aurora (see review over here).

MUNCHBAR • Bellevue: Munchbar shut down shortly after the Christmas Eve shooting that claimed the life of DeShawn Milliken. KING 5 News reports that the police had received 400 calls for service from Munchbar since its opening in early 2011, and that the City of Seattle is opposed to proposed new club Aston Manor from Robert Frey ("connected" to Munchbar) on the former site of Republiq in Sodo. A fatal shooting also occurred at Republiq in 2012.

WESTERN Bakery & Dim Sum • Rainier Valley: This place served both doughnuts and dim sum: genius. How could it have gone wrong?!

PARATII • Ballard: Paratii owner Sam Hassan says he has a new distillery project in the works ("a more rewarding dream"). Billy Beach (Japonessa, Gaba Sushi) plans to open a sushi bar in the space, with Hassan's help on the bar program.

LITTLE SHANGHAI • Capitol Hill: A few Stranger writers liked to secretly get very cheap Chinese food from this very unassuming place above the QFC on Broadway and Pike. Not anymore.

CAFE VENUS AND MARS BAR • South Lake Union: The longtime cafe/bar/music venue lost its lease, rather suddenly as far as employees knew. As Line Out commenter cb said, "i liked that space. friendly bar staff, good food, treated bands well. i'm not really surprised to see it close though, it was a tough location." Another commenter speculated about Amazon driving up rents in the area, while Adam Superfan said, "WEAKNESS," Furious Scott said, "LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME!" and matt! aptly summarized, "DAMMIT."

C.S. FINNEGAN'S IRISH HOUSE • Belltown: After less than a year, it's Finnegan's wake. Finnegan's is survived by the Celtic Swell, the owner's other Irish pub in West Seattle.

FIVE FISH BISTRO • Capitol Hill: Their Peacemaker—the famed version of a po'boy with deep-fried oysters, bacon, and cheddar cheese—will be sorely missed.

CAFFE APPASSIONATO • Queen Anne: In a sweet typewritten note in the window, the co-owners said "good-bye to this lovely Queen Anne neighborhood" after 15 years. The couple told Queen Anne View that they wanted to stay, but their attempts to negotiate the rising rent had gone ignored. Four other Appassionatos remain around town.

ANITA'S CREPES • Ballard: After losing its lease, Anita's had just three days to vacate its Leary Way storefront. Their website promises that coupons and gift cards will be redeemable at a "new location... We are scrambling to reopen very soon."

CALOZZI'S • Pioneer Square: This really good hole-in-the-wall is moving to a space in Rainier Square where a different, more nondescript cheesesteak place once lived. In the meantime, their Georgetown location is still open.

SALEY CREPES • Capitol Hill: Saley Crepes (formerly Sucrey Saley, Sucrey & Saley, or Saley & Sucre, depending on who you ask) is moving five blocks away to a larger space. The old location will become Pie Bar, a bar with pie (yes!).

TACO GRINGOS Capitol Hill: Gringos has already become the Malaysian street food walk-up Kedai Makan, and the gringo taco-makers don't sound like they're planning on relaunching anytime soon: "We decided to mix it up and do something else for a while."

URBAN NOMAD • Traveling: The pasta food truck is "currently off the road." The owners, who also run Urban Cafe, told Nosh Pit that they're "looking for space to do another brick and mortar" and that the truck just didn't fit. Pasta from a truck always sounded kinda weird.

• SKELLY AND THE BEAN • Capitol Hill: Despite all the community love that went into it, Zephyr Paquette's North Capitol Hill spot shut down in late December—good-bye to the cookbook launch parties and "Incubator Series" pop-ups. Paquette hopes to find a new location, and she's also midway through the process to get on the next season of Food Network Star.

• BAMBUZA • Downtown: After an inexplicably long run, this Vietnamese restaurant has already become Metropole: American Kitchen & Bar, breaking the long streak of unremarkable Asian places occupying the corner of Eighth and Pike.

• Z'TEJAS • Bellevue: The Bellevue Square link in the Southwestern grill chain is gone, soon be replaced by another, more local Southwestern grill chain, Cactus Southwest Kitchen & Bar. recommended


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One more to add to the list: The Baskin-Robbins at Green Lake that has been there pretty much forever. A sign on the door says the rent got too high for them, so they're outta there.
Posted by dicon on February 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM · Report this
--MC 2
That's a drag about the Baskin Robbins .. we were just there. There was a little frost on the orange sherbet, always a bad sign at ice cream places.

The Little Shanghai was all right. I once saw the girl behind the counter plant a big old baby on the countertop where the to-go food was staged, and it grossed me out so much I avoided it for years; but last time I was there, two years ago, it was ok.
Posted by --MC on February 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
tehjakers 3
Man Little Shanghai made a killer General's chicken that was huge and spicy. Came with giant broccoli too.

I guess people preferred Marination Station instead.
Posted by tehjakers on February 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Man I used to really like Little Shanghai when I lived on the Hill. Hard to find good Chinese outside of the ID.
Posted by neo-realist on February 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM · Report this
Lose-Lose 5
Was Paratii ever open? I repeatedly walked past that place on Friday and Saturday nights. Every other joint in Ballard was packed, and that place completely, eerily empty. Part of me wants to say the location is jinxed ever since they booted Mr. Spots, another part questions the owner, whom I haven't had the best experience with in other situations.
Posted by Lose-Lose on February 27, 2013 at 3:47 PM · Report this
JF 6
Interesting fact about the Cafe Appassianato owners: the husband was the head basketball coach of the Iranian Woman's National Basketball team prior to the revolution that pretty much eradicated the concept that women could play basketball in Iran.
Posted by JF on February 27, 2013 at 3:47 PM · Report this
snacktruck 7
Skelly and the Bean was so mega meh with poor service...good riddance. Seriously, what a terrible name as well (regardless of the back story).
Posted by snacktruck on February 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM · Report this
@5: They would also made an absolutely fantastic and unbelievably strong Turkish-style coffee (or Persian-style, perhaps) after the morning rush died down. Best in Seattle.

I wish them well and selfishly hope they choose to set up shop somewhere more convenient for me to get to than the top of Queen Anne Hill.

@4: Paratii was oddly busiest on it's most informal night: Monday, when random jazz musicians converged for a jam session that invoked a little bit of the old Chai House spirit (minus the patchouli and drug addicts).

The owner's specialty was creatively infused liquors, which were always intriguing if not always successful. I'm certainly curious to see what he comes up with in his next endeavor.
Posted by d.p. on February 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM · Report this
[Err... those were responses to @6 and @5, respectively.]
Posted by d.p. on February 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Charles Mudede 10
Little Shanghai felt like the real deal. The lady in the front; the man in the back. The lady never smiled; the man never stopped cooking (steam, sizzling, stirring, tossing). The lady never trusted a pattern. She always asked me if I wanted either a free can of pop or free wonton soup, despite the fact that, during the decade the place was in business, I not once changed my answer (the latter).
Posted by Charles Mudede on February 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM · Report this
sprflycat 11
Also, a long time server at the Icon Grill and dear friend, Chafik Chabbi passed away after a fight with cancer. RIP my friend.
Posted by sprflycat on February 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM · Report this
johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt 12
Western Bakery and Dim Sum: Failed because nowhere to park in front of Viet Wah, especially on Saturday and Sundays!
Posted by johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt on February 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM · Report this

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