In the same month Seattle fixture Bakeman’s announced its closure, two additional long-running restaurants have revealed plans to end their runs, though one hopes to resurface in a new location. Marcela’s Creole Cookery in Pioneer Square will shutter permanently after 11 years this week, while Volterra will close its Ballard location after 13 years in favor of a new home sometime next year.
Marcela’s, which specializes in Creole and Cajun cuisine, will serve its last jambalaya on Friday, December 22, the restaurant announced via Facebook. Evidently the lease is up, and owners Marcela Fuenzalida and Anthony McDonald are headed in separate directions. The only remaining question is what to do about all the currency affixed to the restaurant ceiling:
Volterra owners Don Curtiss and Michelle Quisenberry announced via e-newsletter their closure, to occur after their New Year’s Eve party. Their current lease is also up, but they’ll seek to reopen in a new location within the Ballard neighborhood: “For thirteen years Volterra has been pleased to serve the Ballard and Seattle community — and we will continue to do so, but in a new Ballard-area location.” No replacement site has been identified yet.
Curtiss and Quisenberry have operated their Italian restaurant since 2005. They also own a Volterra location in Kirkland, which will remain open.