First, The Viking closes, now comes word that Ballard's naughty Nordic viking ship bar, Copper Gate, is closing for good after last call June 30. According to the Copper Gate camp, "The new owners are locally-based and will have a new concept and a different name for the venue."
Jon Alberts and a silent business partner, the duo responsible for creating Ballard's Thaiku and La Carta De Oaxaca, resurrected the bar in 2006 in the same space where it was founded back in 1946.
"We enjoyed serving people for seven years. It's been a good run," they say. "We would like to thank our loyal customers, our staff, the musicians who performed at our space, and Ballard for having us. We had a great time having the place and we wish the new owners the best."
On their Facebook page, a simple message:
A BIG THANKS to Ballard, our loyal customers, our staff, all the musicians who performed at our space, and all those who have supported us. Please celebrate with us daily until we close our doors after the day's business is complete on Sunday, June 30. We love you!
A celebration will be held every day starting at 5 pm from now until Copper Gate closes its doors. Events will be posted on the bar's Facebook.
[Photo: Michael Matisse/Copper Gate]