After more than five years, Greenwood Mexican restaurant Hecho announced on Facebook that it will close permanently after today. The spot was a neighborhood favorite serving up a variety of tacos and large plates, with locally-sourced ingredients (the Seattle Times once praised its “terrific” carne asada and “amazing” Brussels sprouts with soy-salsa negra). The restaurant plans to go out on a high note, though, offering to-go burritos, margarita kits, and chips and salsa for one last Cinco de Mayo celebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Restaurants across the city have taken a serious economic hit due to COVID-19 measures, including Washington’s stay-at-home order, and co-owner Chris Navarra tells Eater Seattle Hecho was no exception. “It was a good 5-year run providing high quality Mexican food to the neighborhood, but with this forced closure, it has given us time to reevaluate our business model,” he says. “While we loved Hecho, we are uncertain how it will do with the new outlook on restaurants going forward.”
Navarra adds that he’s working on a new restaurant project in the neighborhood that “will be more functional in what will be an entirely new way of running restaurants in the future.” But he isn’t ready to reveal details yet besides a tentative opening target of fall. Navarra also owns a mini chain of bars called Prost German Pubs in Seattle, Boise, and Portland, and co-owns two Phinney Ridge pizzerias with Hecho partner Chris Gerke. Even though the other restaurants are still open for takeout orders, “they’re all going through some intense challenges,” says Navarra.