Chow RIP Frites
posted by July 19 at 10:26 AMon
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.