When the developer set to level a row of restaurants and businesses on Broadway found a way for the farmers market to stick around one more year, you had to wonder how much longer the other businesses on the block would get to stay. Cafe Septieme isn’t waiting around to find out. With the planned redevelopment set to level the block of buildings the restaurant has called home since moving to Capitol Hill from Belltown in the early 90s, Septieme is telling its patrons goodbye and thank you. The last day for the restaurant is December 31 according to the message added to the front of Septieme’s menus.
We haven’t had a chance to speak with Septieme owner Victor Santiago about his decision but we did talk to one employee who said he has worked at Septieme for more than 10 years and is now facing a search for a new job. We’ll also follow up with the firm behind the project that will demolish — and re-build — the block, SRM Development. You can read more about their project in this CHS write-up about the development.
Thanks to CHS neighbor Olivia for bringing the menu-based announcement to our attention.