After 15 years serving popular seasonal comfort food in Queen Anne, Crow Restaurant & Bar will close down permanently on June 22. The owners — Philip Van Seters and Jesse Thomas — are not renewing their lease, but their nearby sister restaurant, Betty, will definitely remain open for business. There’s no word yet on what will take Crow’s place or who has purchased the property. Van Seters confirmed the news to Eater Seattle.
The restaurant informed staff of the news last weekend, and will soon send out an official message to its customers and the neighborhood, offering its gratitude for a decade and a half of warm support. It will also invite people to come by over the next couple of months to say a fond farewell and sample old favorites such as the house lasagna with Italian sausage and prosciutto-wrapped chicken. There may be also be some other hits in the rotation as the closing date approaches, says Van Seters.
Crow has been a steady presence in a neighborhood that has seen exponential change with Amazon and other large tech companies swallowing up much of the downtown real estate. While the restaurant was never the flashiest in the city, the quality was always reliable, as critics noted. The Stranger once wrote, “There is something pleasantly surprising about how good nearly every dish tastes,” and the Seattle Times gushed, “This neighborhood bistro does everything absolutely right.”
The owners have no plans to revive the restaurant elsewhere or work on a new venture at the moment, but will rather focus all of their energy on Betty, which serves up similar bistro fare, including its praised steak frites and the Betty Burger, as well as its own version of oven-roasted chicken.
“It’s been an amazing run,” says Van Seters. “We’ve been blessed.”