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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Asteroid Cafe Still In Business…For Now

posted by on September 10 at 13:55 PM

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
good food!


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.

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I am so fucking glad. This place is great, and I was heartbroken when I heard it was closing. All the best to the proprieters, and a pox on the house of the landlord, if he is in fact such a huge douche.

Posted by Ben | September 10, 2008 2:29 PM

Read this last week on Nancy Leson's blog.

Good news for the neighborhood.

Posted by Jeff | September 10, 2008 2:34 PM

Isn't Cawdry the same asshole who cut down that tree in Freemont?

Posted by DBlock | September 10, 2008 2:46 PM

i was not impressed by the asteroid.

give me casa d'italia on 65th any day of the week.

Posted by max solomon | September 10, 2008 3:48 PM

Good then more of their great pasta dishes for me!

Glad to see they are still holding on. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Fremont. The other is another pasta joint Brads Swingside (ok and maybe Paseo too. Anyway, I am going there this week to show my support and to fill my belly!

Posted by Sad Comment | September 10, 2008 4:24 PM

I wouldn't be sad to see the place go. When they were in Wallingford they had a total "soup nazi" policy toward seating. I went there once with my wife and they wouldn't seat us in a 4 person table. Instead they made us stand in the rain on the off chance that a bigger party would come along.

Posted by Joe | September 11, 2008 4:53 PM

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