The drama and speculation around CC Attle’s announced move from Madison to an undisclosed Capitol Hill location has some very human implications. Taking over a space where another bar already operates mean one owner must step aside and the crew of workers must find new jobs. Sadly for the owner and crew of the Cafe Metropolitain, CC’s happiness of finding a new home means they will soon be stepping aside. CHS has heard from several people close to the situation that CC’s is planning to move into the Cafe Met space on East Olive Way. Now we have heard from Cafe Met’s owner Quyen Luu:
At this time all I can say is this situation is devastating not only to me but to my wonderful employees who will no longer have jobs. Cafe Metropolitain has been a pillar in the community for several years now as the go-to venue for many fundraisers that have helped many organizations and people in general. I have only been aware of this situation for less then a week and will continue to make the appropriate actions for my business and staff in every way possible. Thanks to the many who have supported us in the past. Please continue to support us for what ever days we have left at the current location.
Cafe Metropolitain’s space will represent quite a change from CC’s former home on Madison that they are vacating to make way for a major redevelopment. For one, it will place the new CC’s in a much more central part of the Hill, not far from a stretch of Broadway that hasn’t exactly been thriving and will be even more challenged during remaining six years of light rail construction. For another, it will now be located directly below dozens of condo units in the Plaza del Sol building it is part of. Luu has operated the bar at that location since January 2006.
We haven’t confirmed all the details of the various property dealings but it appears that a corporation called Four Gringos, LLC owns the retail units in the building. CC’s manager Chris Daw said earlier they would make their official announcement about their new home this Friday.