While restaurants in Seattle are not closing at the same rate that they were near the beginning of the pandemic, rising food and rent costs and staff shortages are making it difficult for many restaurants to recover from the financial toll of the last two years. This last month, especially, has seen a number of closures in Ballard, a quickly changing neighborhood where new apartment projects are replacing some restaurants spaces, forcing business out — a pattern being seen around the city.
Here, we track and memorialize notable restaurants and bars the city loses each month, even while exciting new businesses rise to take their places.
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BALLARD — Filipino restaurant Bunsoy, which impressed the Seattle dining community with Filipino dishes made with farmers market ingredients and fine-dining techniques when it opened in February, closed after just seven months of service. Details are still being released about what led to the closure, while former chef Rhabbie Coquia pursues his own projects and owner Tommy Patrick plans a new, more European-leaning restaurant to take Bunsoy’s place.
BALLARD — Ballard Station, a popular neighborhood bar on Northwest Market Street, poured its last shot this month. It’s being replaced by 238-unit apartment building.
BALLARD — Ballard Hockey Bar, which which is owned by Ballard Station owner Jesse Young and just opened in March of this year, is also being forced out by the apartment building project. Young told My Ballard that he’s hoping to relocate both bars but hasn’t been able to find a spot yet.
BALLARD — Neighborhood Chinese restaurant Golden City closed at the end of August after 34 years of business. The owners told My Ballard that the landlords weren’t willing to sign another five-year-lease with the restaurant, speculating that they plan to sell the property in the near future.
COLUMBIA CITY — Hawaiian favorite Super Six closed its Columbia City location at the end of August. Owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison are planning on replacing it with another location of their mini-chain Marination, which will serve lunch and turn the spot back into an all-day restaurant.
FREMONT — Stoneway cocktail and pie bar Bar Charlie recently closed, with ownership moving to former Westward chef Will Gordon’s stoner food bar, Tio Baby’s. Good news: the new bar still has hot dogs.
MAPLE LEAF — Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. has closed its Maple Leaf location. You can still get the same pizza and sandwiches at the Georgetown location, which remains open.
CAPITOL HILL — After 35 years of business, beloved Capitol Hill diner Glo’s closed after a fire caused extensive damage to the building. It’s moving to a new location at the Capitol Hill light rail station.
MOUNT BAKER — Sichuan restaurant Little Chengdu recently closed, being replaced by Taiwanese restaurant Uncle Lu.
BALLARD — Jewish deli Shmaltzy’s closed up shop for the last time on July 3 after nearly three years of business. In an Instagram post, the deli’s owners said the economics of the business were no longer working with the current cost of labor and other expenses. The deli will be missed by those who loved it for its East-Coast-style sandwiches loaded with smoked meats and its Jewish pastries.
C-ID — Tsukushinbo, Japantown’s favorite unmarked restaurant, is closing this summer after nearly 30 years of business to make way for a new sushi counter and an onigiri-focused restaurant called Onibaba. The restaurant’s legacy will be carried on at the new restaurants by Sho and Marin Caccam, the third-generation owners of Tsukushinbo, according to Seattle Met.
WHITE CENTER — Zippy’s Giant Burgers, one of the Seattle area’s standout burger restaurants, closed in early July after 14 years of business. A Facebook post cited “staffing, inflation, and an unreasonable landlord” as the reasons for the closure.
RAINIER VALLEY — Beach Bakery, a popular spot for pastries and community gatherings in the South End, closed in June after seven years of business. The neighborhood used the space for work meetings and family gatherings, according to South Seattle Emerald.
WEST SEATTLE — Ma’ono, one of Seattle’s favorite fried chicken restaurants, permanently closed near the end of June as the restaurant’s chef, Mark Fuller, reopens the pirate-themed Admiral Benbow Room bar, according to Seattle Met.
Capitol Hill — Popular Capitol Hill diner Glo’s is closed indefinitely after a fire damaged the exterior and walls of the building on Olive Way, according to Capitol Hill Seattle. The owner, Julie Reisman, told the publication the new space for the restaurant (on Broadway) won’t be ready until fall at the earliest.
BALLARD — The Ballard location of brunch spot Biscuit and Bean closed last month. according to My Ballard, the business is maintaining its Lake Stevens location and plans on opening a spot in Los Angeles soon. A yet-to-be named business is taking over the spot, and will keep serving Biscuit and Bean biscuits.
BALLARD — Mt Bagel, a pop-up turned Ballard shop that was one of the pioneers in Seattle’s now-booming bagel scene, permanently closed last month. The owner, Roan Hartzog, is moving to Bend, Oregon, and plans to keep making bagels there.
BALLARD — Peddler Brewing, an important gathering place for Ballard residents, closed after nine years of business this spring. The owners, Haley and Dave Keller, are moving to Arizona with their. It’s now been replaced by a second location of Renton-based brewery Bickerson’s Brewhouse, that’s keeping many of Peddler Brewing’s events and traditions alive.
RAINIER VALLEY — Rainier Avenue’s Beach Bakery closed after seven years of baking pastries and serving as a community gathering spot for South Seattle, as reported by South Seattle Emerald.
C-ID — Seven Stars Pepper Szechwan Restaurant in Little Saigon closed after 20 years of business. The Seattle Times reported that multiple break-ins and a black market operating in the parking lot made the owners, Michael Creel and Yong Hong Wang, feel too unsafe to keep working in the area.
CAPITOL HILL — After 46 years, Capitol Hill’s neighborhood Arthurian tavern, The Canterbury, closed its doors for the last time. Now, it’s turning into Meliora, a modern European restaurant from the owners of Fremont’s Rasai Indian restaurant, according to Capitol Hill Seattle.
CAPITOL HILL — Eastern European and Jewish restaurant Dacha Diner closed in late March as co-owner Joe Heffernan leaves for a tech job while chef Tom Siegel deals with some health concerns, according to the restaurant’s Instagram.
BELLTOWN — CJ’s Eatery, known for its chicken gravy and Swedish pancakes, closed after 27 years, not able to recover from the pandemic, according to The Seattle Times.
QUEEN ANNE — Paragon, an Upper Queen Anne staple, closed after 28 years because the owner couldn't reach a lease agreement with the landlord, according to The Seattle Times.
FREMONT — Hales Ales, one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in Seattle, closed after nearly 39 years of business, with owner Mike Hale going into retirement.