After 36 years in business on Capitol Hill, B & O Espresso will close at the end of the month, according to Seattle PI. B & O owner Majed Lukatah invites fans to come say goodbye. As the PI notes, B & O has a storied past: "[I]n a sea of generic Starbucks, it had also been lauded as an indie gem, where playwright August Wilson was said to have written his Pulitzer Prize winner The Piano Lesson on napkins in the smoking section."
Lukatah tells the PI that the mixed use mid-rise building planned for B & O's location and the resulting publicity harmed his business: "I see customers here; they say, 'I told my friends to come meet me here, but they say, no, the B&O is closed'." Towards the end, "the business was very, very bad."