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Thursday, July 19, 2007

RIP Frites

posted by on July 19 at 10:26 AM


So it’s official: Frites Belgian Fries, the popular and beloved all-french-fry restaurant just north of the Neumo’s box office at 10th and Pike, is closed.

As for the question, “Why, why, WHY?????“—it’s complicated, and seems to involve a fair bit of neighborhood upheaval (most notably, the sale of Neumo’s to a new owner) and some mysterious drama (an acrimonious split between Frites founder Anthony Falco and his ex-manager Corey Allred). Before I heard any rumors about anything related to Frites closing, I received an email from Allred and his brother, warning me of the “rumors abounding on Capitol Hill” and expressing their willingness to “set the record straight.” (The Allreds also mentioned the possibility of their opening a new Frites stand at a new location under the name “the Frites Brothers.”) Unfortunately, they included only an email address, and I’m waiting to hear back about a possible phone chat. (I simply must know these rumors they’re so interested in me not hearing!)

For now, the one reportable fact is that 10th Ave’s greasy gut-bomb of delight is gone, and must be mourned. “It was my first try at the restaurant business,” says Anthony Falco, who founded Frites after he fell in love with the sidewalk fry-stands of Belgium. “It was so much harder than I ever imagined, and so much more fun.”

RIP, Frites. Grieving parties may share their remembrances here.

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That is truly sad news. I am salivating and crying just thinking about it.

OK, I'm not actually crying, but I am salivating. Mmmmm, frites . . .

Posted by Levislade | July 19, 2007 10:19 AM

Maybe next time they can put some gaufres on the menu. Mmm, gaufres.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 19, 2007 10:23 AM

Woe. Woe and sadness.

Posted by PA Native | July 19, 2007 10:29 AM

Goddamn it. Going there during (and probably after) the Cap Hill Block Pary was so on my to-do list. Shit.

Posted by Matthew | July 19, 2007 10:37 AM


Posted by jazzbaby | July 19, 2007 10:43 AM

Anthony should take his coke head ass back to new york or texas.

Posted by marco esquandolias | July 19, 2007 10:53 AM

Damn. Frites was one of those places I kept meaning to try the next time I was on the Hill and never got around to it. There are three empty restaurants in Wallingford on 45th, maybe they'd like to open one here.

Posted by elswinger | July 19, 2007 10:53 AM

surly staff served me burned, overcooked frites 3 times in a row. i had several good experiences prior but had vowed never to return.

if you do choose to reopen set a timer for the fries or train your staff or something.

Posted by diss illusioned | July 19, 2007 10:56 AM

I would have guessed that the entire space became too filled with recondensed grease vapor for customers to get inside anymore.

Posted by Fnarf | July 19, 2007 11:06 AM

Good thing the Pommes Frites at Caffe Presse are so yummy, otherwise I would be weeping about this closure

Posted by Katelyn | July 19, 2007 11:06 AM

-- Bummmmer... that was such a great place to hit up after a flick or show. Sad news indeed.

Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | July 19, 2007 11:11 AM

I was somewhat amazed to spot a Belgian-style frites shop at the Bremerton ferry terminal last month. If you need a fix...

Posted by jumbo mark II | July 19, 2007 11:15 AM

It's like mourning sex after a breakup... If only i'd known it was coming, I would have gotten my fill beforehand.

Posted by bailee. | July 19, 2007 11:25 AM

Where will I go now, to get my curry ketchup fix? WHAT WILL I DO???!!!

Posted by Hernandez | July 19, 2007 11:33 AM

Feierabend in Eastlake serves curry ketchup (if you can stand the crowd of yuppies).

Or you can do what I'm sure both of these places do and mix ketchup with some curry powder.

Posted by Wendy | July 19, 2007 11:42 AM

That space has been sold again? How long til it closes?

Posted by Gitai | July 19, 2007 12:03 PM

copper gate in ballard has damn tasty frites as well (& curry ketchup)

Posted by fried potato | July 19, 2007 12:21 PM

didnt ari spool used to work there?

Posted by brad | July 19, 2007 12:32 PM

17: Don't fret, the change in ownership I mention is the shift that happened over the past year, where Neumo's ownership shifted hands....Neumo's is staying put and going strong, as far as I know..

Posted by David Schmader | July 19, 2007 1:43 PM

It was a cut gimmick, but I wasn't in to paying for the condiments.

Posted by fun shaped | July 19, 2007 2:54 PM


Posted by fun shaped | July 19, 2007 2:56 PM

Am I the only one who likes wasabi mayo on my frites?

Posted by elswinger | July 19, 2007 3:01 PM

Bletch. Potatoes are gross, even chopped up and friend. And nothing is worse than a baked potato--it's like eating a candle, only candles are probably better for you.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 19, 2007 3:02 PM

Good thing we have all those hotdog stands now! Being that there's one on every corner, I think we can all find something that suits our drunken fancy.

Posted by Callie | July 19, 2007 3:26 PM

They do have curry ketchup, but their fries are horrible

Posted by me | July 19, 2007 5:30 PM

The truth is, is that there were unforseen circumstances that lead to the closure of Frites. It's two "partners" that cannot resolve their differences and that is that. Many businesses have had this happen and it is the downside to verbal agreements. No name calling neccessary. Over time this will be seen as a healthy split and the only logical option for the health of Frites itself.

Posted by Corey owner/operator | July 19, 2007 5:49 PM

Why buy something that is so easily made at home, anyway?

Posted by Roger Williams | July 20, 2007 4:37 AM

You've gotta to be kidding if anyone thinks you were ever a "partner" much less owner/operator.

Posted by noone | July 22, 2007 7:17 PM
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Posted by Nick | July 23, 2007 1:34 PM

dammit no more sneaking into neumos through frites!!! sadness.

Posted by sera | July 25, 2007 6:23 PM

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