Another Capitol Hill restaurant has been laid to rest. 14th Ave’s Meza was one of five businesses CHS reported were making plans to make way for construction of a new apartment development on the street. That construction may not come for another year — but Meza is gone after serving its last sangria over the weekend.
We haven’t heard back from ownership yet to confirm the shutdown but a sign hung in the window of the small 14th Ave cafe thanked customers and made a small promise that Meza might return.
CHS reported that the developers behind the 14th Ave mixed-use project have been working with existing businesses to find locations to operate during construction and to find ways to make the businesses part of the new building. Management at Meza had told CHS that the cafe was looking at a January closure.
Meza was opened on Capitol Hill in August 2009. First-time restaurant owner Alex Meza featured a menu of tapas and Latin-style sandwiches. It was also known as a place to drink and dance — sometimes late into the night. In 2011, CHS reported on the restaurant’s role in a sprawling shoplifting investigation in which police said detectives purchased liquor at Meza that had been stolen in a major boosting ring. Over time, the part of the investigation into the restaurant’s involvement in the ring fizzled and
no charges were brought in the case. UPDATE: We’re told charges were filed but there were no convictions directly related to the case.
Meza’s small promise of reopening creates the second situation in a week of a Capitol Hill restaurant entering a kind of shuttered limbo. CHS reported on the closure of 15th Ave E’s 22 — its employees say it’s going out of business, its ownership says it’s closed for a remodel — earlier this week. We reported on the closure of E Olive Way’s The Elite the week prior. Last month, CHS reported on the final days at Faire Gallery and the final weeks of Travelers on E Pine.