The latest Seattle restaurant change-ups: 7 closures and 3 places for sale

Plus, ICYMI, which big-name restaurateur is taking over the Sullivan’s Steakhouse space downtown.

For those keeping score in the bananas game of the Seattle-area industry, 41-plus new restaurants have opened around the city and the Eastside since we last tallied up closures in August. Here’s the story on the seven shutdowns in the interim, plus info on three places for sale — and, in case you missed it, what’s going to happen to the Sullivan’s Steakhouse space downtown (spoiler: Ethan Stowell).


Contadino on Capitol Hill is no more, just six months after replacing Ernest Loves Agnes, which itself lasted only a year and change. Chef Brian Clevenger, of Vendemmia and Raccolto, attributes Contadino’s downfall to “a difference in vision” with partner Jason Lajeunesse. No word on whether Lajeunesse will try a third time to fill the former Kingfish Cafe space. Meanwhile, Clevenger is working on opening what will be his own third restaurant, as yet unnamed, on Eastlake across from the KIRO building.

Blue Moon Burgers in South Lake Union has closed. As you may recall, after calls for a boycott on social media in June, the owner of the local burger chain admitted that he had participated in a racist text exchange involving employees, calling it “a single — but nonetheless deplorable — failure” on his part. The sign in the window at the SLU Blue Moon indicates that the closure is unrelated, saying the lease is up and that the building is going to be torn down.

Blackboard Bistro in West Seattle is gone after seven years, citing “circumstances at home” and saying “parting is such sweet sorrow… we have had such a great time and been able to live a dream.” Awww. The space won’t stay vacant for long — West Seattle Blog reports that Srivilai Thai Cuisine is moving in.

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