Another one bites the dust?

Posted on January 25th, 2012 by Editor


Tenoch, the Mexican place along north end of the Ave may have closed. The place is shuttered and readers have reported no activity in the restaurant. The View will follow up to find out what has happened.
Tenoch closing would mark yet another closure of an independent retailer on the Ave. Ototo sushi and The Teacup closed at the end of 2011.


  • carol

    That place was horrible. Now that Mescaleria Oaxaca has opened, there is no reason for other mexican on the hill.

  • carol

    That place was horrible. Now that Mescaleria Oaxaca has opened, there is no reason for other mexican on the hill.

  • JBL

    There is already a new sign hanging that implies a seafood grill, I think.

  • JBL

    There is already a new sign hanging that implies a seafood grill, I think.

  • QA Hill

    Does anyone else think that building is a eyesore? I wish it was street level, maybe it would be more inviting.

  • QA Hill

    Does anyone else think that building is a eyesore? I wish it was street level, maybe it would be more inviting.

  • buckydoc

    The weird platform configuration will make it hard for even a great restaurant to survive in that location

  • buckydoc

    The weird platform configuration will make it hard for even a great restaurant to survive in that location

  • tico

    I was so excited when they opened. Anything new is exciting but sweet Jesus, it was run horribly. The food was awful and the service was literally something you’d expect from complete novices. And it wasn’t cheap. Adios!

  • tico

    I was so excited when they opened. Anything new is exciting but sweet Jesus, it was run horribly. The food was awful and the service was literally something you’d expect from complete novices. And it wasn’t cheap. Adios!

  • Drew

    You have to pity who ever is in charge of the restaurants section for the QA Review. Since I moved here in July, QA has seen 7 restaurant closures, one of which changed its name with the seasons. I’m hoping that the availability of retail space will attract some ambitious and talented restauranteurs. Five Hooks may be what UQA needs as most of our seafood comes in the form of sushi.

  • Drew

    You have to pity who ever is in charge of the restaurants section for the QA Review. Since I moved here in July, QA has seen 7 restaurant closures, one of which changed its name with the seasons. I’m hoping that the availability of retail space will attract some ambitious and talented restauranteurs. Five Hooks may be what UQA needs as most of our seafood comes in the form of sushi.

  • larry

    ok…Well anyone that knows anything about retail space or restaurants knows that corner has seen its share of issues. the rent on that place was or is over 5K a month and the inside is like a meat locker. that being said the mex place was not all that great. it always felt like only one person was running that huge space. In my humble opinion Qa hill is not a good place to have a restaurant. Too many conners and Tanners and people do not support anything up there except HillTop Ale house and I guess the place next door. Sort of made my point. Not going to be all that great. Very surprised Ototo closed but then again sounded like they were on a razor thin margin and had a couple crappy moths and that was it.

  • larry

    ok…Well anyone that knows anything about retail space or restaurants knows that corner has seen its share of issues. the rent on that place was or is over 5K a month and the inside is like a meat locker. that being said the mex place was not all that great. it always felt like only one person was running that huge space. In my humble opinion Qa hill is not a good place to have a restaurant. Too many conners and Tanners and people do not support anything up there except HillTop Ale house and I guess the place next door. Sort of made my point. Not going to be all that great. Very surprised Ototo closed but then again sounded like they were on a razor thin margin and had a couple crappy moths and that was it.

  • punkateer

    I was in the butcher and seafood shop across the street just a couple months ago when the future proprietor came in to introduce himself to the owners of the shop. They asked him where he would be getting seafood and he mocked them for thinking they could be his supplier within the first 3 minutes of him entering. He was so proud he kicked tenoch out and he joked about it in a horrendous tone. During his entire 7m visit he backhandedly insulted everyone in the shop we all just stood there in awe of his arrogance and the future.
    The only solution is to get a street level store front, however I am guessing the owner is able to get his 5K a month and is willing to let it change names every year.

  • punkateer

    I was in the butcher and seafood shop across the street just a couple months ago when the future proprietor came in to introduce himself to the owners of the shop. They asked him where he would be getting seafood and he mocked them for thinking they could be his supplier within the first 3 minutes of him entering. He was so proud he kicked tenoch out and he joked about it in a horrendous tone. During his entire 7m visit he backhandedly insulted everyone in the shop we all just stood there in awe of his arrogance and the future.
    The only solution is to get a street level store front, however I am guessing the owner is able to get his 5K a month and is willing to let it change names every year.

  • 98119

    Everything about Tenoch screamed TEMPORARY from the get go.

  • 98119

    Everything about Tenoch screamed TEMPORARY from the get go.

  • southslope

    Huh. I must have been the only one that liked Tenoch. Oh well. I guess I should have eaten there more often.

  • southslope

    Huh. I must have been the only one that liked Tenoch. Oh well. I guess I should have eaten there more often.

  • tico

    What happened to my reply?

  • tico

    What happened to my reply?

  • larry

    punkateer…If that is true then what a jerk. Another reason not to go to the new place. I actually agree with south slope. The food was good but the issue was consistency. the owner tried running two places herself and well you could see the result. Very sad about new seafood place owner. yes the ego of restaurant owners. Right up there with rock stars. You want to meet the altimeter jerk owner go to Picolino’s in Ballard sometime. My gosh I have never met someone that treats people worse and thinks his customers are total dorks. Will never give that person any money.

  • larry

    punkateer…If that is true then what a jerk. Another reason not to go to the new place. I actually agree with south slope. The food was good but the issue was consistency. the owner tried running two places herself and well you could see the result. Very sad about new seafood place owner. yes the ego of restaurant owners. Right up there with rock stars. You want to meet the altimeter jerk owner go to Picolino’s in Ballard sometime. My gosh I have never met someone that treats people worse and thinks his customers are total dorks. Will never give that person any money.

  • Julie

    Can’t say I’ll be sad to see them go – they made us wait more than an hour without food (all the while insisting it would be out soon) and I haven’t gone back since. The loss of independent stores on QA ave does sadden me though.

  • Julie

    Can’t say I’ll be sad to see them go – they made us wait more than an hour without food (all the while insisting it would be out soon) and I haven’t gone back since. The loss of independent stores on QA ave does sadden me though.

  • seattlechef

    Just a correction for you @Larry:
    We’re not all egotistical “rock stars”, just the bad restaurant owners with something to hide need to compensate with that kind of behavior. There are a number of us restaurant owners and chefs in this city that believe customer service is highly important and we do our best to make your experience in our restaurants a good one.

    The best way you all can voice your disapproval of an arrogant restauranteur is to simply not patronize his/her restaurant or cafe.

    Kindly leave those of us, who work hard, long hours to make an enjoyable customer experience, out of your negative generalization.
    There are days we wish we could be rock stars, because they sure make more money than alot of us restaurant folk do!
    Thank you!

  • seattlechef

    Just a correction for you @Larry:
    We’re not all egotistical “rock stars”, just the bad restaurant owners with something to hide need to compensate with that kind of behavior. There are a number of us restaurant owners and chefs in this city that believe customer service is highly important and we do our best to make your experience in our restaurants a good one.

    The best way you all can voice your disapproval of an arrogant restauranteur is to simply not patronize his/her restaurant or cafe.

    Kindly leave those of us, who work hard, long hours to make an enjoyable customer experience, out of your negative generalization.
    There are days we wish we could be rock stars, because they sure make more money than alot of us restaurant folk do!
    Thank you!

  • ed

    Punkateer-

    That makes no sense at all. A&J (assuming that’s who you’re referencing) isn’t a restaurant supplier. They are purely retail. They couldn’t be his supplier and any restaurant owner would know that. If what you say actually occurred, the joke is on A&J for not getting the new owner’s joke.

    And even if A&J were suppliers, I’d think it awfully presumptuous of them for assuming that mere proximity would earn my business.

  • ed

    Punkateer-

    That makes no sense at all. A&J (assuming that’s who you’re referencing) isn’t a restaurant supplier. They are purely retail. They couldn’t be his supplier and any restaurant owner would know that. If what you say actually occurred, the joke is on A&J for not getting the new owner’s joke.

    And even if A&J were suppliers, I’d think it awfully presumptuous of them for assuming that mere proximity would earn my business.

  • Confused

    I’m surprised to hear people bemoan the loss of independent stores on QA. What about Chocolopolis, Four Winds, Stuhlberg’s,QA Books, QA Dispatch, Blue Highway games, etc.? Restaurant-wise, the only “chains” we have are Menchies, Zaw, Noah’s, and Pizza Hut, right? Am I missing something?

  • Confused

    I’m surprised to hear people bemoan the loss of independent stores on QA. What about Chocolopolis, Four Winds, Stuhlberg’s,QA Books, QA Dispatch, Blue Highway games, etc.? Restaurant-wise, the only “chains” we have are Menchies, Zaw, Noah’s, and Pizza Hut, right? Am I missing something?

  • Love the Hill

    Too bad about Tenoch. Every time I spoke with them, they were very kind and good with kids in their restaurant. It’s true, it always seemed empty.

    There is always some ebb and flow in business districts. New ones open; struggling businesses close. I for one am very happy with many of our food related venues on the hill, whose management are lovely and welcoming, including these personal favorites – Betty Restaurant, Chocolopolis, Emerald City Smoothie, La Luna, and Menchie’s.

  • Love the Hill

    Too bad about Tenoch. Every time I spoke with them, they were very kind and good with kids in their restaurant. It’s true, it always seemed empty.

    There is always some ebb and flow in business districts. New ones open; struggling businesses close. I for one am very happy with many of our food related venues on the hill, whose management are lovely and welcoming, including these personal favorites – Betty Restaurant, Chocolopolis, Emerald City Smoothie, La Luna, and Menchie’s.

  • batty

    My wife and I liked Tenoch and we’re sorry to see it go. We had good food, decent service and the owner was a nice lady.
    That corner will always have issues for having any long term success–I agree with other posters here that it needs a major reconfiguration to street level.

  • batty

    My wife and I liked Tenoch and we’re sorry to see it go. We had good food, decent service and the owner was a nice lady.
    That corner will always have issues for having any long term success–I agree with other posters here that it needs a major reconfiguration to street level.

  • QA family

    I can’t say that I am sad to see Tenoch go. LIke many of the other restaurants in QA, the food was mediocre (at best) and prices were too high. I hope that with the recent restaurant closures, that QA has an influx of independent restaurants that families can frequent. I’m not sure why so many pricey/upscale places come to the hill. Restauranteurs should take a hint from magnolia- their neighborhood restaurants are always busy, reasonably priced and tasty. We tend to go there for food rather than stay on the hill. Bring on a gyro shop in QA. No more pizza!

  • QA family

    I can’t say that I am sad to see Tenoch go. LIke many of the other restaurants in QA, the food was mediocre (at best) and prices were too high. I hope that with the recent restaurant closures, that QA has an influx of independent restaurants that families can frequent. I’m not sure why so many pricey/upscale places come to the hill. Restauranteurs should take a hint from magnolia- their neighborhood restaurants are always busy, reasonably priced and tasty. We tend to go there for food rather than stay on the hill. Bring on a gyro shop in QA. No more pizza!

  • So we are calling Queen Anne Avenue the Ave now? As well as the University Way is called the Ave? For a moment, I thought this story was reporting on the U-district! Perhaps I’m just out of the loop.

  • So we are calling Queen Anne Avenue the Ave now? As well as the University Way is called the Ave? For a moment, I thought this story was reporting on the U-district! Perhaps I’m just out of the loop.

  • Neens

    My guess is that restaurant prices are high on QA because the rent being charged is high so don’t hold your breath for an influx of reasonably priced, family-oriented places. We liked the food at Tenoch, especially when it first opened, but there were service issues and it had no ambience at all. That location has been a restaurant graveyard for years – having swallowed up a French, at least two Italian, and a Mexican restaurant in the time we’ve lived here, and I’m probably forgetting a few others.

  • Neens

    My guess is that restaurant prices are high on QA because the rent being charged is high so don’t hold your breath for an influx of reasonably priced, family-oriented places. We liked the food at Tenoch, especially when it first opened, but there were service issues and it had no ambience at all. That location has been a restaurant graveyard for years – having swallowed up a French, at least two Italian, and a Mexican restaurant in the time we’ve lived here, and I’m probably forgetting a few others.

  • Matt the Engineer

    @10 I liked them too. This was a great place to take kids, the food was good and the prices were reasonable (especially for the hill).

    I’ve said it before, but if we want lower prices (and turnover), we need more storefronts. Upzone Galer and McGraw to continue the retail area of the hill – more space means more supply and lower prices.

  • Matt the Engineer

    @10 I liked them too. This was a great place to take kids, the food was good and the prices were reasonable (especially for the hill).

    I’ve said it before, but if we want lower prices (and turnover), we need more storefronts. Upzone Galer and McGraw to continue the retail area of the hill – more space means more supply and lower prices.

  • Linda

    Residents of Queen Anne should not eat Mexican food!! That type of thing belongs in lower class neighborhoods, if it belongs in this country at all. Queen Anne needs to retain the character of Seattle’s finest neighborhood.

  • Linda

    Residents of Queen Anne should not eat Mexican food!! That type of thing belongs in lower class neighborhoods, if it belongs in this country at all. Queen Anne needs to retain the character of Seattle’s finest neighborhood.

  • Counterbalance

    Linda … I’m in love with Malinda’s Taco Shop. We can leave the high class to Madison Park …

  • Counterbalance

    Linda … I’m in love with Malinda’s Taco Shop. We can leave the high class to Madison Park …

  • Jesse

    Taco Bell makes me burst with pride you know what I’m sayin?

  • Jesse

    Taco Bell makes me burst with pride you know what I’m sayin?

  • V

    Oh my god, how great would it be if TB moved into that location?

  • V

    Oh my god, how great would it be if TB moved into that location?