Things aren’t looking good for restaurant group F2T Hospitality, whose bars and restaurants are all being hit with eviction notices. The latest: West Seattle’s Alchemy, which Eater named 2017 Bar of the Year, and its sibling farm-to-table restaurant, Vine and Spoon, are being evicted due to tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent.
A similar fate recently befell By the Pound, F2T’s Capitol Hill deli with a hidden bar. That business owed $75,000 in unpaid rent, according to court records. Just when it seemed like it would close for good, though, F2T said they’d brought on a new “strategic partner” to help retool the space as Bar Justice.
Vine and Spoon has been closed for the past week, with promises to reopen. F2T also hinted at a new investor for this restaurant — perhaps the same one helping reopen Bar Justice.
The group’s Alchemy cocktail bar was outlandish but well-received, with substance to back up its splashy style. Vine and Spoon, which served modern plates in a light-filled restaurant, opened only six months ago. The entire F2T venture seems beset with issues, both in terms of finances and personnel. The group originally announced Vine and Spoon in August 2016 and aimed to open it that fall. In the interim, two of the original chefs and founders of F2T, Bryan Ogden and Larkin Young, split from the restaurant group.
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