Update 12/11: Another one bites the dust, as King 5 News is reporting that Midwestern food-focused bar Zayda Buddy's will also close on Sunday. Owner Joel Radin opened the restaurant nearly in 2007 as an ode to his grandpa, and served up hot dish, Minnesota-style pizza, and fried cheese curds to the Ballard neighborhood.
According to a conversation King 5 had with Radin, financial problems were "one of many reasons behind the decision to say goodbye."
Further explanation has been withheld, though Eater is being told several employees are meeting to discuss this sudden closure. A consultant was brought on last year to help Zayda Buddy's lower food costs while keeping a quality product.
Update 12/10: The bizarre and unexpected closures of Bauhaus have continued, The Seattle Times reports. A sign in the window of the Green Lake location mimics the Capitol Hill message, adding that they "had a good time getting to know the Green Lake neighborhood and we truly wish we could continue to stay and grow at this location."
According to the lessee of the Ballard location, Twice Sold Tales, they too will be shuttering. A Facebook post from Twice Sold Tales says that Bauhaus Ballard will close on Sunday and that the book shop was just given the news. "As yet, I have no idea how long I've got to move out or where I'm going to go."
Neither The Times nor Eater have been able to reach owner Joel Radin for comment.
Original Article 12/9: Bad news, Capitol Hill: Bauhaus Coffee has left the neighborhood. The beloved coffee and book shop has been a mainstay on Capitol Hill for over 20 years, with the last two at a temporary location across the street from its original Melrose and Pine corner — in the former Capitol Club.
Bauhaus posted a heartfelt message on its front door and on the popular business’s Facebook page on December 8, announcing the closure:
Dear loyal Bauhaus Capitol Hill Customers,
We are truly sorry to let you know that the Capitol Hill Bauhaus had to close it's doors. The plan was for this space to be our temporary home until the original space was to be ready for us to move back. Unfortunately, we are not able to move back to our original location.
We really tried our best to make this space work as Bauhaus Capitol Hill's temporary home, but due to unforeseen events and the knowledge that we are not able to move back to our original home, we are forced to close our doors.
We are extremely sad and sorry this is the situation. Bauhaus has been a Capitol Hill staple since 1993 and will live on in spirit. The Capitol Hill community was our first family and we thank you and will miss you all.
Back in 2013, CHS Blog talked to owner Joel Radin about the then-temporary move. Radin told CHS, "Bauhaus will not be leaving Capitol Hill." Further information about the closure and the development happening on the corner are posted on CHS. In October 2013, Bauhaus opened their Ballard location, filling a space left by a departed used book store and partnering with Twice Sold Tales.