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Recent Restaurant RIPs

Now Closed

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• LUCKY 8'S • Capitol Hill: This Americanized Chinese place near Skillet/Zoe/Oola/Marjorie opened on New Year's Day 2012, and while the space looked nice with its lanterns and number 8s, the food got reviews like "merely passable." Unsurprisingly, the owners told Capitol Hill Seattle that they "just were not getting enough business."

• THE VIKING • Ballard: The tiny, beautifully old-school Viking tavern—a Ballard classic that had sold beer, barbecue, and fresh eggs by the dozen since 1950—has departed to make way for a condo development called the Ballard Lofts. SAD. Slog commenter Baby Blue offers this cryptic eulogy: "RIP Viking. My thumb will never be the same."

• NOOK • U-District: Beloved little Nook—with its adorable owl mascot and lines out the door for great biscuits—has closed. The Nookies' message to all who loved them: "We appreciated your encouragement more than you know and really can't express how thankful we are for your support." And, despite a petition on urging them to do so, they're not reopening: Former spacemates Sound Coffee have already taken over.

• THE BROADWAY GRILL • Capitol Hill: As The Stranger's Dominic Holden eulogized on Slog: "The Broadway Grill—later renamed the Grill on Broadway—was a shamelessly proud anchor for Seattle's gay culture in the 1990s... when gay people needed a safe place for a date, when flamin' waiters needed a place to be flamin', and when drunk homos needed eggs at 2 a.m.... Thanks for all the super fun, super faggy times, Broadway Grill."

• MONA'S • Green Lake: After 101 years, the restaurant/lounge/jazz venue has closed. The lease has been taken over by the owner of Krittika's Thai next door, according to Eater Seattle.

• FIRST HILL BAR AND GRILL • First Hill: The classic Greek-American joint at Ninth and Madison that Stranger writer Marti Jonjak called "a deeply charming dive" is no more. Silver lining: It's being replaced by Lotus Asian Kitchen and Lounge, a new restaurant from Ridgley Kuang, owner of Green Leaf in the ID and Belltown.

• ALKI TAVERN • West Seattle: After a last meal of St. Paddy's Day corned beef and cabbage, and an auction to offload several decades' worth of mirrors, beer signs, and other bar memorabilia, Seattle bid farewell to this great, divey institution. Owner Gill McLynne told the West Seattle Herald: "I've had a good time down here, but after 38 years, I'm going fishing."

• BUS STOP • Capitol Hill: Co-owner Rodney wrote: "After eight amazing years, Gary and I have made the difficult decision that it's time to move on. Being part of your lives and this neighborhood has been one of the best experiences of my life. You are my friends and my family. OK. Enough with the Oprah shit. We have until the end of the month to make this the awesomest party ever." And it was awesome.

• NERVOUS NELLIE'S COFFEE AND TOAST • Ballard: In what My Ballard reader Amy called "super super super sad news," this coffee shop is no more. Hopefully Nellie can relax now?

• ZAINA • Pioneer Square: Zaina has closed at First and Cherry, but promises a new iteration on Lake City Way in the former iBurger and Shake location. The Zaina on First and Pine is still open for your falafel needs.

• EL PILON • Columbia City: This nice Puerto Rican hole-in-the-wall has retired its bright-red sparkly booths and closed up shop. The good news: Owner Marta Vega is still doing catering.

• JOKO'S INDONESIAN KITCHEN • Roosevelt: As Slog commenters lamented in English and Malay, Indonesian eatery Joko's (formerly known as Julia's) is being bulldozed to make way for new construction.

• MAE'S PHINNEY RIDGE CAFE • Phinney Ridge: Described by Lindy West as a "knickknack-encrusted labyrinth," the breakfast-and-brunch institution with the cow-themed interior and Shake and Eggs special has closed so that Jeanne Mae Barwick, its owner of 25 years, can enjoy "a little less stressful lifestyle," as she told KOMO.

• CALVA CAFE • Queen Anne: The popular, mostly take-out Chinese/sushi place with the friendly owners has closed due to untenable rent increases, according to Queen Anne View. Booooo.

• IBURGER AND SHAKE • Maple Leaf: After a three-year run, this small, reportedly inconsistent burger joint with the iRritating name has closed. It will now become a branch of Zaina.

• BABALU • Wallingford: Babalu, aka the Mambo Room, is closed, but as of this writing, its seizure-inducing website still touts its "East Coast savvy," "soft mandarin orange light," "chocolate leather walls," and "chic mirrored ball."

• CHOCOLATE SHOE BOX • Greenwood: Chocolate Shoe Box, "Seattle's first and only all-vegan shoe and chocolate boutique," has closed, leaving vegans bereft of one-stop shopping for Chocolate Covered Cocomels and ethical stilettos.

• KAWALI GRILL • Columbia City: The reportedly inconsistent Filipino diner Kawali Grill is no more, but it has already become Kawayan Grill, offering "authentic Filipino-American dishes just like how grandma used to make it" (so maybe better, depending on whose grandma they're talking about).

• BASKIN-ROBBINS • Green Lake: With an apology from a spokeswoman for "any inconvenience this closing may have caused to our loyal guests," the Green Lake Baskin-Robbins is gone after a tenure of more than 30 years, due to rising rents. Sigh.

• PNK ULTRA LOUNGE • Downtown: "It's not goodbye, it's see you later" for this club that was strangely located on the top floor of the Pacific Place mall—it's supposedly moving to a new location, but there's been no word since January.

• THOMAS STREET BISTRO • Capitol Hill: Tiny Thomas Street Bistro was loved and hated, but mostly hated—check out the Stranger reader-reviews online—and it lasted a surprisingly long time. Eventually, Groupon cut the restaurant off because of "customer complaints." Quebec-style Resto has since been installed in the space.

• TERRACE GARDEN • Downtown: The restaurant five stories up at the Red Lion Hotel with the capacious patio has already morphed into the ridiculously named Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails. The froli[c]king includes shuffleboard, ping-pong, Astroturf, and fire. recommended


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Hopefully my uncle Gil reads this. I haven't seen him in 30+ years. Give your nephew a call, I'm in the book.
Posted by kwf on May 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM · Report this
The Viking is gone but at least we get another overpriced soulless condo building.
Posted by Senor Guy on June 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM · Report this
AirBuddy 3
RIP entertaining if disconcerting experience of seeing club goers at the top of Pacific Place.
Posted by AirBuddy on June 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
So sorry to see Nook go. That place was awesome. The owners were probably exhausted with all the work--it was usually just the two of them.
Posted by Michael H. on June 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 5
PNK had a nice run when they had a consistent GM. That catastrophe was top down for sure.

Mae's. :(
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on June 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Dade 6
Nook's not gone! It just changed owners (and name, I guess). I was just in there a couple weeks ago -- still making the same delicious biscuit sammiches.
Posted by Dade on June 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 7
Sad to see Mona's go. Cue little neighborhood bar, great for an early-evening cocktail. I would have gone there all the time if I lived closer.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on June 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Ziggity 8
The vegan shoe place is being taken over by a smoked meat shop. I hope they keep the vegan mural, if only for irony's sake.
Posted by Ziggity on June 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM · Report this
@6 They are using different recipes. The new owner stated he couldn't afford to buy them from Nook.

Any news on what is replacing the Baskin Robbins? That's a prime location.
Posted by ishf on June 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM · Report this
I used to work at the Baskin Robbins in the late 80's. It's crazy that its closing. It seems like it should be there forever.
Posted by Outoftouch on June 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
McBomber 11
I really wanted to like Nook. I live a short walk away and they were very friendly (and I loved the owl logo), but for a biscuit-themed place, the biscuits were too dense for my taste.
The Ballard Elks Lodge (out toward Golden Gardens) nabbed the Viking's shuffleboard table for their lounge. It's members-only, but the view of the sound is fantastic, the drinks are cheap, we've been gaining hordes of younger members - and we love love love new members!
Posted by McBomber on June 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM · Report this
Clara T 12
Holy shit there's some icons and institutions on this list! Viking closure sucks; blame the condos if you want but the owner's the one who chose that route for cashing out.
Posted by Clara T on June 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Clara T 13
Oh and #11 I say fuck the Elks in their filthy shitbag faces until they drop their sole criteria for denying Americans membership - no Atheists allowed. The Boston bombers qualify but millions of hardworking good-living people don't because we don't belief that a magic man in the sky is calling all the shots. Elks can eat a bag of dicks, shit them out, and eat them again cold.
Posted by Clara T on June 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
McBomber 14
@13, I and many other Elks are proud atheists. We also contribute quite a lot to local charities with money and action and have thoughtful debates about community and religion without stooping to name-calling and insults. It's sunny outside. Have a nice day.
Posted by McBomber on June 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Clara T 15
Outside of the national organization's express statement that you need to believe in god to apply I hear you. As long as hide your (lack of) belief in god at first everything's cool? Fuck that and fuck them.
Posted by Clara T on June 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Clara T 16
Outside of the national organization's express statement that you need to believe in god to apply I hear you. As long as you hide your (lack of) belief in god at first everything's cool? Fuck that and fuck them.
Posted by Clara T on June 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
The First Hill Bar and Grill deserved to close. As a night shift medical worker at various institutions on Pill Hill over the years, I (& many others) would have embraced a place nearby where we could get a steak and a whiskey at 8AM. Instead, when I ventured in there they were surly and unhelpful and acted like I was putting them out ordering food, much less a simple drink. No better when they reopened after what seemed like a long hiatus either. Good riddance.

Also, Herfy's Burgers in Fremont is gone.
Posted by K X One on June 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM · Report this
@ 2 why does a condo building need soul, don't be a hippie.
Posted by Seattle14 on June 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM · Report this
Baby Blue 19
Lots of sad on this list (most notably the Grill, Viking, and Mae's) but the biggest wtf moment for me was this coffee and toast place. Never even heard of it and we breakfast/brunch out in Ballard at least twice a week. Perhaps advertising and visibility was the problem? Or is this just me?

p.s. My thumb thanks you for the mention, Bethany.
Posted by Baby Blue on June 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Texas10R 20
MONA'S, Green Lake: After 101 years, the restaurant/lounge/jazz venue has been taken over by Krittika's Thai next door, according to Eater Seattle.

Nice. An other Thai joint in Seattle.
Posted by Texas10R on June 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM · Report this
@6 and @9: It's true, different owners and a different recipe:…

@8: Me too.

@19: Everybody at the office wants to know what happened to your thumb at the Viking!!! Or maybe it's more exciting as a mystery???
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on June 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
I had many a terrifc lunch at First Hill Bar & Grill when I toiled at Virginia Mason. Yes, the place was divey, but the fries were always awesome.

The one and only time I was in iBurger, it seemed far more like a teriaki shop than a burger joint. The burger was just adequate. This closing is no surprise.
Posted by Purrl on June 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
Herfy's in Fremont, also as much teriaki shop as burger joint. And again, just adequate burgers (especially for not being far from Uneeda Burger).

Hmmm. I sense a pattern here. Don't do teriaki and burgers at the same joint.
Posted by Purrl on June 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this
Baby Blue 24
@21 It's definitely more exciting as a mystery but I can tell you it was one hell of a night.
Posted by Baby Blue on June 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Chocolate Shoebox is still operating online.
Posted by eminseattle on June 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
the closure of 'frites' in capitol hill
still saddens me. the quick and tasty
solution after a visit to the pub.
french fries done just right.
Posted by Eugene Rushmore on June 13, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this

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