Recent Restaurant RIPs
• 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.