Chow Asteroid Cafe Still In Business…For Now
posted by September 10 at 13:55 PMon
Good news, Asteroid Cafe fans: although the restaurant was scheduled to close several weeks ago, it’s still open for business.
From on of our readers:
After reading about the planned closure of our beloved Asteroid Cafe, my husband and I gussied up for one last lovely meal there. Much to our surprise, we found that they have decided not to close after all. (Actually they closed for four days, then re-opened on Friday.)
They will be open now Wed-Sun from 5-10pm. We had a wonderful meal, an impeccable waiter (Aaron), and marvelous food. I just wanted all your
readers to know this Seattle landmark is still up and kicking. Support
Asteroid Cafe’s owner Marlin Hathaway—who just filed for bankruptcy—initially planned to shut down the Asteroid on August 31st, but Hathaway managed to find a buyer for the restaurant and is now involved in a court battle with his landlord over the future of the Asteroid.
In an email, Hathaway claims the Asteroid’s landlord, Dan Cawdry, has interfered with the new, as yet unnamed buyer’s liquor license application and is making things difficult for the restaurant.
We discover[ed] that the landlord has entered the restaurant at some point during our closure, gone into the bar, into a drawer in the bar, removed a key chain from the drawer and removed the elevator keys from the key chain.
He has also set the computerized lighting system for the building to shut off the lobby lights at 9pm instead of 2am as is the lease agreement. He also locks the external doors to the lobby blocking access to the restaurant from the lobby, and the parking garage. (We still have another external door in the front, so this doesn’t completely stop us, though in bad weather this will be an inconvenience.
While the future of the Asteroid will likely be sorted out in court, Hathaway believes he’ll be open through at least October 2nd.