My least favorite blog posts to write are the ones on business closures. It’s never a happy occasion, and we’ve had too many businesses close in the past year. And, speaking with the owners makes it all too real – the businesses that close impact not only Queen Anne, but also the families that have invested their lives in these shops and restaurants.
So, I had a sad conversation today with Farzaneh Forouzan, co-owner of Caffe Appassionato. The coffee shop located at the corner of Galer and Queen Anne Ave N, will be closing on Friday, just a few days away. One of 5 Seattle-area locations for the company, the Queen Anne shop has been serving the neighborhood since it opened in 1997.
Farzaneh and her husband, Ali Lotsi, had hoped to keep the coffee shop open, but the rent for the space became too high for them to afford – a reason that has become all too familiar over the past year as we lose more and more businesses on the top of Queen Anne. They tried to negotiate with the current landlord, as if the rent had been lowered, they could have kept the business open – but unfortunately their requests were in vain.
Despite losing their livelihood, Farzaneh and Ali remain positive about Queen Anne – they love the neighborhood and their customers, and are throwing a “goodbye party” on Friday night to say goodbye to their loyal customers and the Queen Anne neighborhood. The shop will close its business at 3pm, and will then reopen from 5pm-8pm for the Farewell Celebration, which is open to all.
Stop by and say goodbye to a long-running Queen Anne business between now and the Farewell Celebration, and let’s hope for a better 2013 for Ali and Farzaneh, and for all of our local Queen Anne businesses.