That's right. Get in your last oyster power hour sessions, your last bowls of bigoli with anchovies, your last char-crusted pizza because Anchovies and Olives and Bar Cotto are bound for closure. The Ethan Stowell sister restaurants on 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill are officially up for sale as of this week.
Currently, Ethan Stowell Restaurants operates over a dozen eateries across Seattle (and counting) not including spots inside Safeco Field. As a company that continues to grow—like the recently opened Derby or the forthcoming Cortina—it will focus its energy on those new projects. "I think there are certain lifespans for restaurants," says Angela Stowell, CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants and, yes, Ethan's wife. The lives of Anchovies and Olives and Bar Cotto have reached its end. There's no closing date as of yet.
But there's still hope for the neighboring spaces: "Construction in Seattle is really expensive," says Stowell, "So, this is a pretty affordable way for a first-time restaurateur, somebody looking to newly expand into a fully built-out two restaurant [space] for way less than if you were starting from scratch."
We'll be waiting with bated breath to see who or what will be moving into these spaces.