Wrapping Up 2012

2012: The Year in Seattle Restaurant Closings

From Avalon to Zesto's, restaurants that bid farewell in the past 12 months.

By Allecia Vermillion December 26, 2012

Bisato and Le Gourmand (pictured) were biggies.


The long-standing Ballard spot makes way for RoRo BBQ.


Damiana’s Blue Truck Special
Food truck owner Damiana Merryweather told us she wants to focus on catering.

West Seattle continues to be wary where nicer restaurants are concerned.


Alki Crab and Fish
The official shuttering eventually made way for Marination Ma Kai to open in this space.

The Counter
A sudden shut-down for a pleasant Ballard burger spot.

First it was Po Dog, then it was a bar. Then it was done.

The unfortunately named sandwich shop still sits empty.

HG Lodge
The venerable nightclub is now a sports bar, 95 Slide, still owned by Marcus Lalario.

Trattoria Cioppino
After only nine months, this Green Lake trattoria made way for a Mio Sushi.


Chez Shea
The alluring upstairs space is becoming a Storyville Coffee Company.

A "temporary closing" led to the arrival of Fogon Mexican restaurant.

An abrupt closure removed a solid happy hour and lovely patio from an underserved pocket of downtown.


I Love New York Deli
Owner Jon Jacobs’ Pike Place Market and U District spots fell victim to rising costs.

The Local Vine
The 12th Avenue space will soon be home to McCracken and Tough’s new venture, The Old Sage.

Molly Moon’s
Downtown location, we hardly knew ye. Now it’s a Cupcake Royale…though there’s still plenty of ice cream.

Snoose Junction
The Ballard mainstay closed abruptly. Now it's a Thai restaurant called Pestle Rock.


Elemental and Elemental Next Door
Some wept, others cheered when these controversial spots called it quits.

Le Gourmand
Chef Bruce Naftaly ended up postponing for a few weeks, but it was still a sad goodbye.

Rollin Q
An Alaska-based company reportedly purchased the supercharged barbecue food truck.

Travelers Tea Co.
The unexpected eatery served its last thali, but a new Beacon Hill location is still hanging on.


Dulces Latin Bistro
The spot on Western Avenue ultimately proved no kinder than its original Madrona address.

New York Cupcakes
Madison Valley lost its cheery cupcakery after a scant 11 months; the Bellevue location remains open.

Thai Curry Simple
The Capitol Hill walkup counter makes way for a giant new development on its odd site at Madison and Union.


After a rough 10 months, the modern Cantonese restaurant departed north Broadway. Now the space looks completely different as Linda Derschang's Bait Shop.

Ting Momo
The first-ever T-Doug restaurant to shutter was his Tibetan dumpling shop in Amazonia. All is not lost, however; you can still find those dumplings at Dahlia Bakery.


After a rocky 10 months, the Taiwanese/Mexican cantina shuttered its prime Pike/Pine location. It’s about to turn into Sam’s Tavern.

Grace Kitchen
A rapid refresh recast this U Village spot as Elemental Wood-Fired Pizza.

On the Fly
The takeout counter attached to Flying Fish calls it quits.

Le Gourmand's sibling bar lingered on into the fall. So what's going to happen to this space now?


All-Purpose Pizza
The Central District loses a popular (and much-needed) pizza shop.

Emmer and Rye
Chef Seth Caswell, one of the city’s sustainability pacesetters, turns out the lights in his house-turned-restaurant atop Queen Anne.

Phinney’s Italian mainstay is gone, but the space is reportedly the new home of Thaiku.

La Casa Azul
The Wallingford location closes after only a year, though its sibling is still open.

RoRo BBQ and Grill
Rumors swirled, then the Ballard location made things official.

James Beard-winning chef Scott Carsberg bows out after 19 years at his Belltown address.


35th Street Bistro
The bad news: Fremont loses a neighborhood staple. The good news: Maria Hines just moved in.

Costas Opa
After three decades, the owner (understandably) wanted to spend more time with his family.

The Juju
Owner Marcus Charles shuttered this funky piece of Belltown and put it up for sale.


B&O Espresso
The prolonged goodbye to Capitol Hill becomes official, but the café is reportedly chugging over to Ballard.

Skelly and the Bean
Landlord issues and a tough North Capitol Hill address are the culprits; owner Zephyr Paquette is looking for a new space.

Taco Gringos
The late-night stand of taco awesomeness gives up its lease at the end of the month, but new occupant Kedai Makan still plans to keep the doors open well past midnight.




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