It's time to say goodbye to the Spanish Table. The purveyor of Spanish food, drink, and kitchenware announced via Facebook that it will be closing at the end of August when their Seattle store's lease runs out. If you've been meaning to get your hands on a 26 inch paella pan, the time is now.
It's not all bad news, however. Though it might be harder to find these specialty items in Seattle, the shop will continue to sell products through their website. Orders will ship from their three California stores still in operation so you can still get your fix of olive oils, tinned seafood, and colorful cazuelas.
And fear not (for now). Just a few doors down, French sister store Paris Grocery will stay open and stock a few Spanish Table staples such as saffron and chorizo, should your paella-making wishes need to be fulfilled. Unfortunately the grocery is also planning on closing when their lease ends, although no word on a date yet.
Update: While the Paris Grocery was reportedly slated to close last year like its former sibling store the Spanish Table it's—thankfully, joyously—not so. The Paris Grocery has indeed remained open in its original location at 1418 Western Avenue, and keeps the spirit of the Spanish Table alive and well. Now it's called the Paris-Madrid Grocery to reflect its various European offerings therein, such as Spanish cured meats, cheeses, wine, sherry, paella pans and rice, clay cookware, and many a French good, too. It's essentially a go-to for such scenarios as: I'm going to a party and need an impressive bottle of wine—stat!; I'm crafting a dreamy picnic and only want to make one stop; I'm making paella—wait, where do I get everything I need to make paella?
Last year, owner Sharon Baden and erstwhile owner Steve Winston sold the Spanish Table trademark name and website to their sunny California partners. The duo opened the original Spanish Table in 1995 and ran the Pike Place Market–adjacent boutique for 22 years. While it's closed in location and name, the Spanish Table spiritually lives on at Paris-Madrid Grocery, which Baden still owns and operates.This article was updated on October 13, 2017 at 6:48pm to reflect new information about the Spanish Table's closure, as well as information and changes regarding the Paris-Madrid Grocery.