This is going to be one of those posts where there’s more of the story we don’t tell. Because, mostly, we don’t really know what happened to 12th Ave’s Watertown. We weren’t Facebook friends with the coffee shop by day, bar by night so we can’t see the goodbye messages for ourselves. But CoffeeHERO was and did:
This past weekend, Watertown Coffee announced on Facebook that Sunday would be their last day.
Watertown’s last day tomorrow Sunday 16th – for anyone that wants to celebrate with us come on down and help us drink the rest of the kegs and empty out those bottles. Drink specials all day. We love you guys, thanks for everything. Best customers in the world.
After reading the message, I raced down from Coffee Hero Headquarters and got in line at 1:15 PM. There was one guy in line in front of me. He got the last of the coffee. Before I could order my espresso, I was informed they were out of coffee. I also confirmed that it really was their last day.
It’s not often we’re reduced to a blockquote inside of a blockquote. But our attempts to contact Amy Vanderbeck and Daniel Perry, the folks behind Watertown, have so far gone unanswered. All we know is that Vanderbeck opened Watertown in 2009 in what used to be a glassblowing factory at 550 12th Ave down by Seattle University. The coffeeshop grew into a coffeeshop/bar. They showed World Cup games. They had some issues with Yelp. They hosted trivia. They got a street bench. And then they closed shop last Sunday, October 16th.
There is a construction application open with DPD for the address to “Expand Existing Commercial kitchen 485sf and Minor Storefront Alterations” but there’s no way to tell from the online records when the paperwork was started. The architect behind Eric Banh’s Baguette Box and Monsoon restaurants is listed on the filing, by the way, but no business name was submitted.
Like we told Elisabeth on Facebook who mentioned Watertown’s closure and her surprise we hadn’t covered it yet thus goading us into not going to sleep and slapping this up instead, it’s rare that a business comes to CHS when it’s getting ready to shut down. At that point, the owner feels like a wounded animal in the presence of
a tiger a shark a squirrel a crow. We often end up digging around the trash that is left behind. Why did Watertown close? This time, we can’t tell you, either.