Seattle’s about to say goodbye to a vegetarian dining legend. This weekend, Fremont’s Silence Heart Nest — the meat-free restaurant that devotees of Bangladeshi guru Sri Chinmoy opened 33 years ago — announced it would be closing permanently after service on Wednesday. “We have had such fine experiences with you,” read a message on its official website. “We have seen your marriages, your children, and even your grandchildren! We feel part of an extended family and are always grateful for knowing you.” The announcement included a link to a sales listing for the space.
Silence Heart Nest opened in the U District in 1986, then moved to Fremont in 2005, serving up excellent vegetarian breakfast and brunch dishes, including sesame pancakes, tofu migas, and soy bacon BLTs. The welcoming spot maintained a spiritual vibe throughout its decades of operation in both locations, with sarong-clad servers, inspirational messages displayed on the tables, and soothing music filling the dining room. It’s also part of a chain of restaurants around the world owned by Sri Chinmoy students.
The location is right in the heart of Fremont, near popular Italian restaurant Agrodolce, the vegan bakery Flying Apron, and the statue of Lenin. No word yet on whether the listing has attracted any buyers. Eater Seattle reached out to Silence Heart Nest for this story, but did not hear back before publication.