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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Now Closed: Del Rey, Roy's BBQ, Noodle Ranch, and Lots More

Posted by on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Because everybody loves a funeral... more info on these places (and on restaurants that are still open) over here.

· DEL REY in Belltown: Del Rey screamed Belltown so loud you could hear it for miles; now, silence. Stranger reader-reviewers will not be distraught; they found the bartenders “ASS!!”-y and the place “sleazy.” But it had a pretty vaulted ceiling, hottt trivia on Wednesdays, and truffle mac and cheese beloved by many.

RIP, Roy's.
  • RIP, Roy's.

· ROY’S BBQ in Columbia City: Roy’s served great barbecue and an excellent oyster po’boy in a small space for cheap. Roy’s is gone, for no particular reason. Booooooo.

· BALLARD BEST BBQ in (yes) Ballard: Lasted only two months in the Mr. Spot’s Chai House spot, per Maybe wasn’t the best BBQ.

· NOODLE RANCH in Belltown: Was there for 1,000 years, somewhat inexplicably; as one Stranger reader-reviewer opined, “I can’t believe Noodle Ranch took so long to close. Most dishes were greasy messes and I don’t think they washed the walls since they opened. Even their best dishes were poor imitations of what you can get in the ID for half the price.” Now Dope Burger.

· SINNERS & SAINTS in Fremont: Replaced by a ski-lodge-themed bar called Woodsky’s—the goldfish races, occasionally held in an upside-down, water-filled fluorescent light fixture, carry on.

· DULCES LATIN BISTRO in Madrona: Dulces was moving to Broadway’s Joule building, but now plans to join Oola Distillery at 14th and Union, per Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Pritty Boys’ Family Pizzeria will take Dulces’ place, brought to you by the owners of Belltown’s Branzino, the Pritts.

· CASPER’S A TASTE OF THE SOUTH up North: Casper’s served alligator. Now it is no more. Watch out for alligators!

· AZZURRI VINO BAR in Fremont: This low-key espresso and wine bar showed non-American football with occasional decisive (and, as appropriate, derisive) commentary by awesome Italian proprietor Michele Zacco. The food, however, was not so awesome.

· CARNEGIE’S in Ballard: The reason for the closure of this somewhat stodgy European restaurant in Ballard’s lovely old library is unclear, but word is chef/owner Jerry Brahm is shopping for another space.

· NI SANDWICH on Capitol Hill: The cheap (and kinda dry) banh mi sandwiches and approximately 137 kinds of bubble tea here only lasted from mid-May to January.

· TOM YUM KOONG in West Seattle: Will become Bang Bar Thai, from the owner of Northgate’s well-liked Chaiyo Thai, according to West Seattle Blog.

· M STREET MARKET on First Hill: This was a grocery store, not a restaurant, but it was the only one on First Hill (and family owned, too), and it sucks that it’s gone. Tipper Maryann reports that a cashier said that a gigantor rent increase did M Street Market in—now it stands there empty.

· PHINNEY MARKET in Phinney Ridge: Rent reportedly also too damn high.

ALSO NOW CLOSED: 85th STREET DELI in Greenwood · A NEW YORK PIZZA PLACE in Maple Leaf · CHARLIE’S FLAME BROILED BURGERS in the Central District · KALLALOO in Columbia City · LUNCHBOX LABORATORY in Ballard (now in South Lake Union) · ROMIO’S in Greenwood (now Razzi’s Pizzeria) · TREEHOUSE BAR AND GRILL in Fremont (now Le Bon Ton Roulé)

ON HIATUS: CAMPAGNE in Pike Place Market: Getting a revamp, reopening in the nebulous spring/summer · THE CORSON BUILDING in Georgetown: "Closed for a bit of R&R" (but still serving Sunday suppers), reopening March 10 · THE CRUMPET SHOP in Pike Place Market: For earthquake-proofing and spiffing-up, set to reopen on April Fools’ Day

This post was assembled with the valiant assistance of Chow intern Rachel Eggers. Thanks, Rachel!


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M Street? Noooo......
Posted by Actionsquid on February 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM · Report this
leek 2
I'm made very grumpy whenever I drive past the "Le Bon Ton Roulé" sign. I would think they were just jokingly combining the "good times" phrase with "bon ton" and implying that fancy folks come there, were it not for the fact that it's translated as "let the good times roll" right underneath. How do people not proofread the name of their own damn restaurant?!
Posted by leek on February 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Jessica 3
85th St Deli was the sketchiest place that ever sketched.
Posted by Jessica on February 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM · Report this
@2: I think it's a Cajun Creole bastardization with at least some authenticity.

Say what you will about New Orleans, but they're no slouches when it comes to screwing with the French language.
Posted by d.p. on February 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM · Report this
More, I Say! 5
Sad times, no more Cuntry Tuesdays @ the Del Ray....
Posted by More, I Say! on February 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Landlords need to rethink the price of their commercial rents. The internet is putting the hurt on the larger retailers that were able to afford those higher rents. The businesses that will survive are small, locally owned with a strong following cannot afford such crazy prices. The smart landlord will keep the rents low for the small businesses and be less likely to see a vacancy in their space.
Posted by Sura on February 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM · Report this
I went to the Treehouse a few times and always felt I was in Renton, not Fremont.
Posted by DOUG. on February 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM · Report this
starsandgarters 8
How could Casper's be gone?? The last time I was in there the place was packed and they had sold out of a lot of food. I guess that management might be to blame, because it certainly wasn't for lack of customers.
Posted by starsandgarters on February 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM · Report this
leek 9
@4: Not according to anything I can find on the net, at least. I thought "laissez les bon temps rouler" was already a bastardization.
Posted by leek on February 23, 2011 at 11:59 AM · Report this
the loss of M Street Market is a tremendous blow to all the folks living nearby (there are LOTS of apatments within a few blocks).

My mom moved to that neighborhood in part because of the proximity to the M Market... and now it's gone. :-(
Posted by slugbiker on February 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM · Report this
@9: "Laissez les bons temps rouler" might be a Louisiana-cultivated colloquialism, but it's presented in proper French.

My Google searching pulled up both this song:… and more than a few shitty restaurants (including some in Louisiana) with the same spelling as the Frelard one.
Posted by d.p. on February 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM · Report this
leek 12
Whoops, "bons." Sorry about that.

Hopefully you're right and it's intentional!
Posted by leek on February 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM · Report this
"Screamed Belltown". Do you mean that in the way dyed hair, morbid obesity,drug addiction and facial piercings scream Capitol Hill?
Posted by Sir Bitchalot on February 23, 2011 at 12:46 PM · Report this
like a lot of folks in the south end, I loved Roy's BBQ. However, also like a lot of folks in the south end, I commute north to work and Roy's hours seemed to have it closed any time I could actually go.
The (small) discussion on RVP suggests that I wasn't the only one frustrated by this.
Posted by gi on February 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 15
That old, dirty disgusting First Hill Grocery (once a very niceTradewell, I'm told) that used to be at 8th and Madison and used to be 1st Hill's only grocery store (way before QFC built a store at Broadway and Pike) was torn down to make way for apartments, condos, and a new grocery store. Now that grocery store is history. Sad news for First Hill residents. The good news is you won't have to walk all the way to Broadway and Republican to the QFC or Safeway there (both also history) as we once did to get groceries. Too bad, though. First Hill needs a convenient full service market.

I think it's pretty interesting that during most recessions stores and restaurants close because they don't have enough customers, But during this Great Recession it appears stores and restaurants are closing because rents has gotten too high. What gives?
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 16
correction: the QFC at Broadway and Republican is still there, of course, but moved across the street into the old Fred Meyer space in the Broadway Market. Still an inconvenient walk for First Hill people.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Call me a cretin, but I actually liked Noodle Ranch...
Posted by lotus eater on February 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM · Report this
Posted by Reader1 on February 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM · Report this
"Ballard Best BBQ" wasn't Barbecue at all - but an Asian grill. I was excited to see it opening - then damn near through a brick through the fucking window when I saw the menu. Stupid asses.
Posted by rbowman on February 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM · Report this
I don’t think Dulces is moving into the Oola building at 14th and Union. The Oola owner and building lease holder pretty much said so on the Cap Hill Blog…
Posted by olive oyl on February 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Actually, Chaiyo used to be in Bellevue, ended up moving across the street and is now called Tangerine. Excellent Thai food and a family owned restaurant. A bit tricky to find but it's in the Expedia building.
Posted by Flynn27 on February 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM · Report this
I live in West Seattle and every time I walked by TOM YUM KOONG it's been almost devoid of diners. I ate there once and the food was OK if not memorable. And my date and I were the only people there.
Posted by xxxSTEVExxx on February 24, 2011 at 11:37 PM · Report this
Has anyone actually been to the new Lunchbox Laboratory? The food's still good but now it's got this huge, corporate Johnny Rockets vibe going and seats 50. I hate, hate, hate (I mean really loathe) the new space. I love the food but the new space is as soulless as it gets. My guess is that the new investors held sway and pushed too far. If I wanted to eat at a mall, I'd go to a mall. No cache. No charm whatsoever. The shit thing of it is, I don't know what they could do to fix it, aside from moving.
Posted by shybutdeterminedtopost on February 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM · Report this
@17 I loved Noodle Ranch too. While we're on the subject (Belltown) It sure seems like Wasabi Bistro has no real opening plans any time soon. Dope Burger has the same people working there and the place seems busy at lunch now. Heard Buddha (same block) was closing.
Posted by seattletexan on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM · Report this

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