Our first post on the exit of Cafe Kanape from the 700 Broadway Building was three months premature. Over the weekend, the small north Broadway cafe was emptied out and shuttered to make way for a new, undisclosed tenant. A person familiar with the situation says owner Sabine Ruthensteiner got an offer “she couldn’t refuse” for the space and is planning to reopen elsewhere — hopefully on Capitol Hill.
This summer, Ruthensteiner told CHS that the prospect of higher rent after the building’s sale was prompting her to leave Broadway. But in September, Kanape had reversed course and was staying put, we were told, after a deal with a camera shop fell through.
No word, yet, on whether that deal is behind the revival of the Kanape shutdown plans and there are no public records indicating any change of activity at the cafe’s location. It wouldn’t be a bad time to bring such a venture to the Hill, however with 60 Minute Photo telling customers it will close at the end of this month to make way for the start of construction of a new mixed-use apartment development on 14th Ave that will incorporate the facade of the Porchlight Coffee building. Don’t expect any 14th Ave demolition just yet — but the paperwork process has begun.
UPDATE: Here’s an announcement on the closure from Cafe Kanape:
We wanted to inform you that our little pan-European cafe on Capitol Hill in Seattle has closed.
We received an offer, for the space, that was (as a legendary movie would have you believe) “too good to turn down.”
We’ll leave the blog up for a couple days more and then it will be taken down.
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