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Krua Thai on Lower Queen Anne officially closed

August 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

It’s been a month since Krua Thai ceased business on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but the official announcement was just posted today. The restaurant first opened on Queen Anne in October 2012. The Thai spot will continue to operate its original location in Ravenna. No word yet on a new tenant for the 12 Mercer Street location.

Krua Thai closed

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Today is the last day for Oskar’s Kitchen

July 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

oskarskitchenOskar’s Kitchen, the sports bar that Sonics Shawn Kemp opened in December 2010, is closing after tonight’s service. The closure is blamed on rents being doubled for the space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s the post from Oskar’s Facebook page:

It’s a sad day for us…. Another bar closes in Queen Anne and unfortunately… It’s Oskars ;(

We want to thank everyone who has come to visit us over the years and supported the bar.

Due to the bigger companies moving closer to Queen Anne our rent was doubled and we have no other choice but to say farewell to Queen Anne… But who knows… We may open another bar elsewhere in the future.

Come join us tonight for a massive party and and say your final goodbyes to Oskars

No word on the other businesses located in the building, or what may replace Oskars.

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Last call for Lower Queen Anne 7-11 is today

June 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

7-11NOTE: we just got a late-breaking tip that the site will remain a convenience store, just not 7-11.

We’ve received several reader tips about the 7-11 at the corner of 5th Ave N and Valley St. On Friday, the shelves were starting to look bare, and the clerk on duty told a reader that the building was being sold to a developer for apartments (which it turns out, was incorrect information).

7-11 ValleyIn the meantime, we received another reader tip this morning. Today is the last day of business for the Lower Queen Anne 7-11.  According to another tip from someone close to the activity says the building willl become a private party convenience store.

With no sale records and no Department of Planning and Development records, a new/different convenience store makes sense. Stay tuned for more news of the new convenience store.

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Einstein Bros Bagels last day happened today

February 20th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Einstein closing FridayJust two days ago we posted on the closing of Einstein Bros Bagels. A sign stating they would be closing the business was posted with the date of Tuesday, February 24th.

Well, change that to today, and Einstein is now closed. A reader sent us a photo (thanks, Aaron!) of an updated sign with today’s date – so don’t plan on getting bagels for breakfast this weekend (at least not on Upper Queen Anne).

Already, the Queen Anne location is absent from the Einstein Bros Bagels web site (it was there two days ago – they are prompt).

When we asked about the closure, the company representative provided an official statement:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

The next closest Einstein location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union if you’re up for Mercer traffic and SLU parking. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location to the north in Wallingford.

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Einstein Bros Bagels closing next Tuesday

February 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Einstein closingLooks like we’ll have another vacant storefront on Queen Anne Ave N. Einstein Bros Bagels has posted a sign stating that the store will be closing on Tuesday, February 24th. No additional information is provided on the sign, and no response to email inquiries yet.

The spot at 2133 Queen Anne Ave N is prime real estate. However, no lease listings have shown up for the space yet. And, retail and restaurant space is currently available at The Towne, the old Charley+May building, and the Communique shop (which, as a reminder, is closing next month).

UPDATE: here’s the official statement from Einstein Bros Bagels:

“After careful evaluation, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ENRGI”) has come to the difficult decision to close 39 underperforming restaurants, effective Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The company will continue to focus on its high-performing restaurants to ensure the future growth and success of the business. ENRGI values the continued support of its customers, and the dedication and hard work of all its employees.”

If you’re an Einstein Bros Bagels fan, the next closest location is at 2201 Westlake Ave in South Lake Union. Or, if you want to stay on Queen Anne, Eltana Bagels has a location in the Seattle Center, as well as a location in Wallingford.

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A&J Meats ends an era this Saturday; KING 5 video covers their last Thanksgiving on Queen Anne

November 27th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

A&J Closing SignYou may recall when we broke the news on the looming closure of A&J Meats earlier this month. Thanks to a reader tip, we found out that A&J had just posted a placard stating that owner Rick Friar was retiring and A&J would be closing after 63 years.

This week, A&J was busy as it sold over 700 turkeys for today’s Thanksgiving meals. Did an A&J grace your table today? Or is one in the oven? Well, it’s the last one… at least from A&J.

When we spoke to Friar a couple of weeks ago, he said they were working to get a butcher in the same spot. Wild Salmon Seafood rents their counter space from A&J, and have a lease through the end of the year. Neighboring McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants have a 2-year lease.

In a KING 5 story that aired last night, Friar reiterated that he’s working hard to find a new owner for the butcher shop, and the new owner has to be the right fit. Ideally, a new butcher would mean that  hope is that current A&J employees would be able to remain on staff.

You can view the KING 5 coverage by clicking on the image below – and remember, A&J’s last day is Saturday:


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Bid farewell to a Queen Anne institution as A&J closes its doors after 63 years

November 3rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

A&J Building nightDuring yesterday’s Seahawks game, we received an email from a reader who let us know that A&J Meats is closing after 63 years in business on Queen Anne. A true Queen Anne fixture, the butcher at 2401 Queen Anne Ave N draws loyal customers from both our neighborhood and beyond.

I was already planning to head to A&J after the game to pick up something for dinner. They close at 6pm and I got there as they were closing up for the night. However, true to their exceptional customer service, they offered to get me anything I needed.

A&J Closing SignIt’s that type of customer service that will be missed by many Queen Anne residents. Rick and Julia, A&J’s owners, have decided to retire and close the business at the end of this month. Rick’s been working in the family business since age 11, so it makes sense for him – but it’s going to be a big loss for our neighborhood.

A&J opened for business on Queen Anne in 1951 at the corner of W McGraw St and 6th Ave W.  Rick’s father, Jerry Friar – the “J” in A&J – started the market with a business partner. He moved A&J to its current location on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St in 1972. Rick took over the business in 1989. Now, 25 years later, he’s ready to retire the family business.

The shop will be open through the Thanksgiving holidays, and I was advised to let readers know to get holiday orders in asap – so if you’ve been putting off ordering a fresh turkey, rib roast, or whatever else graces your Thanksgiving table, do it today.

In an online world, A&J has always remained old-school, so get your orders in via phone (206-284-3885) or stop by in-person (note: they’re closed on Mondays). Either way, be sure to say goodbye to the great staff at A&J and wish them well in their next endeavors.

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Kidd Valley closes Queen Anne location to make way for CVS

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Kidd Valley closedThe Kidd Valley at the corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N has closed up shop. A sign on the door stated that September 1st was its last day in Queen Anne.

The building that houses Kidd Valley will be demolished for the upcoming construction on a CVS Pharmacy location. We first reported on the short future for the Queen Anne Kidd Valley last summer.

More on the upcoming new development is in our August 16th post.

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Floyd’s Place closes its doors

June 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Floyd's PlaceWe’ve had a few readers let us know that Floyd’s Place closed earlier this week.

According to one tip, Tuesday, June 22nd was the the bar/restaurant’s last day operating at 521 1st Ave N.

Floyd's Place closedThere are no permits or plans for the space per the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and it isn’t currently listed for sale or lease (yet).

A sign on the door thanks Queen Anne residents for their patronage over the years.

No other information is available at this time, and the Floyd’s Place web site is no more. If you know any details on the closing, let us know.

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Unique boutique charley + may closing by the end of the month

January 8th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

CharleyMaySignOne of the phrases that always comes to mind when I think of charley + may is “unique boutique” – and, sadly, this post may be the last to use that phrase. Queen Anne is losing one of our independent shops, as charley + may is closing by January 31.

The email I received from owner Lauren Formicola explains it best, so I’ll leave the rest of the post in her words:

“we were not too big to fail. charley + may co, is a wee shop that must close.”
— shopkeeper lauren formicola

why is charley + may closing?
with deep regrets and sadness, I must close charley + may co.  after three years the shop is not self sustaining and growth of the shop is limited due to location, space and low pedestrian traffic.  although it was showing a small tick up in revenue the shop fell short most months. darn it!

what now?
stop in and say goodbye. grab some deals and steals on your favorite merchandise.
all inventory must be sold and all the fabulous display pieces too!!! 30%-75% off most merchandise. display tables include: a large guatemalan table, bar cart, distressed wood tables and other great finds. more later on pricing.

hours and dates of sales.
open: wednesdays-friday 11-6, saturday 11-5, sunday 11-5
doors will be closed by January 31.

thank you.
a big thank you to all the families, individuals and fellow merchants who i have enjoyed knowing and seeing in my shop. so many people like you have supported charley + may co.

I am truly sorry that I can’t be there the next time you have a gift emergency, or your hard to buy for uncle is coming into town, or your dog sitter needs a reward, or a stocking needs stuffing, or you need a special locally designed piece of jewelry, or fluffy needs a biscuit, or a new baby arrived and a wee gift is in order, or the office party requires an unusual white elephant gift or you simply need a place to hang out and catch up on the avenue.
big cheers to all of you. thank you so much for supporting charley + may co., for the last three years.

I hope to see you during the sale and to say goodbye.
charley + may co.

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The Golden Olive to open in Sam’s Sushi spot

January 7th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Golden Olive SamsOver the holidays, a reader wrote in to ask about Sam’s Sushi – Sam’s is closed and a sign is up in the window announcing “The Golden Olive” coming soon.

Nothing is coming up in business or liquor license applications for the new Mediterranean restaurant. All we know at this point is that it’ll replace Sam’s at 521 Queen Anne Ave N sometime this month (January).

The Sam’s awning and signage is still up, so an educated guess on “when” would be late January.

If you know anyone at The Golden Olive, let us know.

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In a sushi swap, looks like Ten Sushi to replace Genki Sushi at 500 Mercer

May 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

At Queen Anne View, we love tips. Readers help us cover the neighborhood and give us the heads up on new and interesting items. Recent tips? Calva Café closing, a new sushi place on Queen Anne Ave N, Cederberg Tea House – and that’s just from the past week or so. If you see something interesting or newsworthy, send it our way!

While we always dig up what we can on tips, available research sometimes leads us only so far. With that disclaimer, we received a tip on sushi happenings at 500 Mercer St sent in by a reader (thanks, Mark!) that we’ve followed as far as we can at this point.

Genki Sushi QA

Genki Sushi is no more
Photo courtesy of Genki Sushi

Here’s the scoop: Genki Sushi at 500 Mercer St closed in March (not sure how that one slipped by us or our usual tipsters…), but a new sushi spot, Ten Sushi, has applied for a business license at the same location.

Ten Sushi has also applied for a liquor license to sell beer, wine, and spirits, and it appears that the applicant, Shinichiro Takahashi, is a former Genki Sushi operations manager. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

If you have any additional info on this spot or any other neighborhood happenings, just let us know.

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