Skillet Ballard is closed. Yes, that sounds like a repeat of this summer when the New American diner shuttered for two months due to flood damage, but this isn’t deja vu: Despite reopening in October with an expanded patio, Skillet’s location on the Greenfire campus has closed once again — this time for good. Tipsters and the company’s social media accounts shared the bad news:
According to an official statement, Skillet Ballard was already underperforming when a water main flooded the building, also home to Parfait ice cream shop. This unexpected setback during the height of the summer season was the last thing the company needed.
“Despite our best efforts, our business did not recover from the flood and we have decided it is in our best interest to close this location,” said Ann Downs, president of the Skillet Group. “We have had a great run in Ballard going on five years now. We were privileged to be a part of the community and are very grateful to all our loyal customers.”
Nevertheless, Downs promises the Skillet brand itself is thriving, so customers should have no fear of a similar outcome eliminating the coveted bacon jam burgers, cornmeal waffles with pork belly, and flaky biscuits and gravy in other neighborhoods: “The closure [of] our Ballard business allows us to tighten our focus on our flourishing locations in Capitol Hill, the Denny Regrade, and The Armory at the Seattle Center.” The Skillet food trucks continue to serve the city, as well.