Like all gay things over 22, the Broadway Grill would like to announce its death:
With great sadness, The Walsh Creative Group, the current owners of the iconic 22 year old Capitol Hill bar, restaurant and show venue, The Grill on Broadway will close its doors this Sunday night, April 28, 2013 and cease business operations. Despite a recent upturn in business and community awareness, due to improved food, service and entertainment options, severe financial obligations imposed by previously un-discovered mechanical, structural and operational issues associated with the business, prior to The Walsh Creative Group's takeover in 2010, have resulted in additional, unforeseen expenses that have totaled into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Broadway Grill—later renamed the Grill on Broadway—was a shamelessly proud anchor for Seattle's gay culture in the 1990s. It had a racy menu of grilled chicken with whipped yams, a glass chandelier that looked like Carmen Miranda's headgear on steroids, and a plastic clientele that looked like Carmen Miranda's backup dancers on Social Security. It played that role when gay people needed a safe place for a date, when flamin' waiters needed a place to be flamin', and when drunk homos needed eggs at 2 a.m. But the Broadway Grill seemed stuck in a time warp years after the Seattle scene needed a designated safe LGBT space. Us fags could date anywhere, work anywhere, live anywhere, and meet online. The place had become a relic of gay culture. Also, ordering at the Broadway Grill for a couple years there felt like playing Wheel of Fortune and hoping it didn't land on salmonella.
But the Grill was unmatched in Seattle in its day—and for that many of us fags are grateful. Thanks for all the super fun, super faggy times, Broadway Grill. And thanks to Matthew Walsh, who owned it and ran it well through in its last incarnation. See y'all for one last drink there this Sunday night. We should pack the place.