Eater's tipline was overflowing with sad news last night, as readers submitted evidence of the impending closure of two long-term dining staples in Seattle.
Ying's Drive-In, dishing out Chinese-American comfort food to Lake City denizens for more than 45 years, announced on its website it will close after service on Easter Sunday, March 27. With wildly disparate ratings from the low to the high end of the spectrum, Ying's ends up with an average of three stars on Yelp. Even the positive reviews, though, don't set a high bar, with most openly acknowledging the sweet and sour power of greasy nostalgia: "This place has been a staple of Lake City Way since I was a kid. I went here twice and didn't feel great afterwards, but because the rest of Seattle is being torn down, I hope that Yings [sic] stays open forever."
Anthony's HomePort Shilshole Bay, Ballard's 30-year link in the local seafood chain of Anthony's Restaurants, also announced online that it would shutter after Easter Sunday service, March 27. Management has done its best to respond contritely to the many mediocre Yelp reviews, which tend to tout the view and ding the food and decor "stuck in the 80's or 90's."
A commenter on the story on My Ballard, though, looks for a silver lining for the area in the Port of Seattle's recent RFP (request for proposal) "for the development and operation of a high quality, neighborhood appropriate, casual full-service restaurant on a leased pad of up to 6,500 square feet located in the central plaza area of Shilshole Bay Marina, at the water's edge." And the eat goes on.