We say goodbye to 14 more bars and restaurants in Seattle and on the Eastside. So many Heartbroken customers noticed on social media, these places weren’t just a space to have a beer or eat spaghetti. They were community centers to connect neighbors and friends or toast a new job or celebrate a family reunion. Her departure may come as a surprise, but the reasons given to many will sound all too familiar: the fallout from COVID-19 and rent increases.
Dacha Diner, the premier Eastern European and Jewish restaurant on Capitol Hill, closed March 27 because co-owner Joe Heffernan is leaving for a tech job while fellow owner and chef Tom Siegel, a two-time Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, has some health concerns Restaurant Instagram account. Siegel’s wife, Tora Hennessey, wrote that doctors “discovered an unrelated lesion on the temporal lobe of his brain. Given his exposure to radiation as a teenager during his treatments, the likelihood of this being a brain tumor hangs in our future. … Should health problems arise, I would become my husband’s caregiver in addition to running both restaurants, which is unsustainable. Because of this, Tom and I decided to close Dacha.” the The remaining staff will work at their other restaurant, the critically acclaimed The Independent Pizzeria in Madison Park. She asked guests to “please respect my husband’s privacy and refrain from asking any further questions about his health. He is very private but felt some transparency was needed during this transition.”
CJ’s Local, a Belltown hangout, couldn’t recover from the challenges of the pandemic, so after 27 years management posted a goodbye message on its front door, heartbreaking for many guests who stopped by for their Swedish pancake and chicken gravy, just for these Announcement read : “We want you to know how incredibly lucky we are to have so many amazing guests and staff walk through our door. We would never have made it this far without all of you.”
Seven Star Pepper Sichuan restaurant in the Little Saigon International District closed after nearly 20 years, a bittersweet end for owners Michael Creel and his wife Yong Hong Wang, who have been the most vocal during the pandemic about crime in the area and the black market that occupied Thing’s parking lot. have expressed How Center, where they operate their restaurant. After public pressure, the city cleaned out the illegal sellers, but that purge came after Seven Stars Pepper owners had already quit, saying they felt unsafe following multiple break-ins. The mall “is really nice now. If they had done that a year ago, I’d still be in business,” said co-owner Creel.
west 5: The closure of the West Seattle Bridge coupled with the fallout from the pandemic were too many obstacles to overcome, so West 5 owner Dave Montoure said he made the “heartbreaking” decision to open his bar-restaurant after June 19 years in the junction to close. Montoure tried to extend his lease to sell his restaurant but was unable to reach an agreement with the landlord. Guests can still get West 5’s signature Mai Tai at the upstairs bar at Easy Street Records & Cafe and their signature mac and cheese at nearby Peel & Press restaurant. Montoure, meanwhile, still operates the Kettlefish seafood restaurant in Silverdale and is opening a second location in Gig Harbor. Also in West Seattle, the No Name Diner Alki closed but will reopen with a different restaurant concept under new management, according to the restaurant’s Instagram post.
Falafel salam closed its Georgetown coffee shop but will keep its West Seattle branch and food truck open. Like many restaurants, owner and chef Shimi Kahn has struggled to find cooks during the labor shortage. “We were too busy and at the same time understaffed. Really ironic,” the owner said in an email. “I really loved the place and the neighborhood is super cool. We had big plans to expand and develop it further, including adding a stage and hosting concerts, outdoor games and a nice seating area. I even bought plants for landscaping in the first week of March 2020 and then COVID hit.”
Peddler brew closed on its ninth anniversary due to owners and husband and wife team, Haley and Dave Keller, relocating to Tucson, Arizona. The taproom in the Ballard Brewery District was a gathering place for families and a pit stop for the biker community. The couple wrote on their website: “Between going through this pandemic and having children, our perspectives and priorities have changed and we are ready for a little less stress in our lives and to channel our energies in a different direction. Peddler has been so much of our lives and part of our family for the past 9 years. … We’ve hosted baby showers, proposals, and celebrations for many of our friends and hosted our preschool socials. Our boys grew up napping and playing in playpens at the brewery during meetings, and now they love driving forklifts, petting Simcoe and riding their Strider bikes around.” Bickerson’s Brewhouse in Renton bought this taproom and plans to start brewing in late April.
Note the date: April 9th is the last call Hales Ales Brewery after 39 years. The news comes as no surprise as owner and brewer Mike Hale announced his retirement last year with a huge retirement party in December.
role model, after 28 years, will close on April 30 because the restaurant owner was unable to secure a lease with the landlord along with other maintenance issues, Paragon’s management said in an email. Ranging between a neighborhood hangout and a nightclub-like vibe, Paragon has also upgraded its dining options in recent years. Before the lights go out, this Upper Queen Anne haunt brings back fan favorites including shrimp kataifi and braised lamb shank from the 1994 menu.
San Fernando Fried Peruvian Chicken in Rainier Valley is boarded up, though its Lynnwood location remains open. The owner could not be reached for comment, though the restaurant teased on its website that a new Peruvian spot is coming to Seattle soon.
The hole in the wall China first is also boarded up with posters teasing that Call a Chicken will be taking over this space in the college district.
After nine years in the Hollywood District of Woodinville, The Commons closed and renamed Pablo y Pablo Mexican Restaurant, which already has a good track record as the first Pablo Mexican Restaurant in Wallingford was crowded, especially for brunch. Behind both Pablo projects is Heavy Restaurant Group, which owns Barrio and the Purple Café and Wine Bar chain.
After 14 years in Redmond, The stone house was unable to secure a lease with the building’s owner, taking to Instagram to say goodbye: “Our dining room has celebrated countless moments and created lasting memories, from birthdays and first dates to anniversaries and celebrations and most often a simple dinner to bond with.” can family and friends. … I am honored that you have chosen to join us for your celebrations and happy memories.”
and Pub Juanitathe Kirkland pub, near gourmet restaurant Cafe Juanita, closed after the property was sold to the founder of Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, as first reported by the Daily Journal of Commerce.