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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Roanoke Tavern Is Closing

Posted by on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM

According to Capitol Hill Seattle, the north Capitol Hill drinkery is closing on or about July 31.

They are looking for a new location, but still: the end of the Chia Pet! The Roanoke is known as the Chia Pet in honor of its exterior coat of ivy. From the inside looking out, each window has an extra frame of encroaching twigs and leaves; the place is dim and friendly and worn, like a tree house with drinks and pinball. The food—sandwiches, burgers, nachos—is surprisingly good. On sunny days, there's ping pong out back. On many days, people watch sports, but they do not get too rabid about it. I love the Roanoke. (Full disclosure: I worked there as a very shy, only semi-competent cook many moons ago.)

The heartbreak!

Thanks and condolences to Brad and Kevin.


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Eli Sanders 1
Posted by Eli Sanders on May 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 2
Link isn't working - you need to add the letter 'n' to the very end of the hyperlink.
Posted by Matt from Denver on May 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Callie 3
Is the ping pong table for sale?!?
Posted by Callie on May 17, 2010 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Hernandez 4
Well, that fucking sucks! One of the best homey/divey fun bars in the city, and now it's on its way out. Seattle needs MORE places like that (not more pretentious wine bars and hipster faux-dives with dead animals on the walls, which is what we'll end up getting). Sad.
Posted by Hernandez on May 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM · Report this
This is a tragedy.
Posted by Dan Savage on May 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 6
No! I adored that place since I was at Prep and couldn't go there!
Posted by Cracker Jack on May 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7

On the plus side, it means the rental market is on an uptick. So the recession is over.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 17, 2010 at 5:05 PM · Report this
As a kid I always assumed the ivy outside meant super-fancy for the more northern Cap Hill folks, Fed Ave types. Such a nice surprise it wasn't so at all.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 17, 2010 at 5:05 PM · Report this
laterite 9
This city will truly die when The Viking closes its doors.
Posted by laterite on May 17, 2010 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Fucking Brutal. The Roanoke is one of the best bars in Seattle and their staff rocks the house. Seattle, you are losing a magnificent historic bar. Go enjoy the fuck out of it before it closes!
Posted by callinitlikeitis on May 17, 2010 at 6:54 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 11
fuckeddy fuck fuck fuck ...
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on May 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM · Report this

I visited the tavern and no one was there...the only clue was that someone had carved CROATAN on the door post!

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM · Report this
this is horrible news. i just moved to the hill a couple months ago and quickly fell in love with the place.
Posted by patthepat on May 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM · Report this
This breaks my heart. And I was just getting half-decent at pingpong.
Posted by Kalakalot on May 18, 2010 at 8:06 AM · Report this
Terrible, terrible news. @4 hit it right on the head. I'll miss the awesome staff, nachos and Micro Mondays. Sad times when a place that's been around forever like this has to close its doors for good.
Posted by SouthEndMike on May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM · Report this
kid icarus 16
I'll add my voice to the lamentations. Sadness!
Posted by kid icarus on May 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Fucking sucks
Posted by JakeS on May 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM · Report this
I have been going there since I was 19! Almost 30 years! Save the Roanoke!
Posted by ALP on May 20, 2010 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Hey Roanoke,
Is there any way to save the Roanoke at it's current location by purchasing the building? Do you know what the new landlord paid for the building?
Posted by Stu on May 21, 2010 at 12:20 PM · Report this
I believe the owner is looking for around 600-650,000 for the building. they had an offer of that much, but the people backed out at the last moment.
Posted by courier11sec on July 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM · Report this
Does Hick know about this? Save a chair for him eh?
Posted by Head Spaceball on January 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM · Report this

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