The time around New Year’s may bring celebration and hope but it’s also the time of year when businesses large and small, loved and no-so-loved, disappear quietly amidst the holiday bustle. There’s one such darkened berth inside the funky Broadway Alley — Guanaco’s Tacos has shut pulled the plug on its Capitol Hill location.
The person we reached by phone at the original University District location said things just never took off on Broadway for the El Salvador taco shop. The pupusas were bargain-priced and tummy filling but life for a restaurant can be a challenge without street frontage. Somehow, Kimchi Bistro continues to hang in there. Its partner across the breezeway, however, is dark and partly emptied.
While the closure was not announced and might seem sudden to anybody hoping to drop by for a taco, the writing has apparently been on the wall. Ownership allowed its liquor license to be discontinued this week indicating a planned end to the business.
We looked at the Broadway Alley’s “nooks and crannies” last year, by the way. In addition to Kimchi Bistro, Tacos Chukis and HaNa live on along with a frame shop, smoke shop, tattoo shop and a few more etceteras as well as Americana at the front of the building.
It’s been a tough few weeks for fans of alternative Capitol Hill tacos. Late night munchies crowd-favorite Tacos Grincos suddenly shut down on E Olive Way and will make way for Broadway Market vendor faves Kedai Makan.
Guanaco’s came to Broadway in spring 2010.
Owner Eduardo Revelo talked with CHS about the challenges of succeeding off the street in 2012: “I try to make sure new people are happy so they will tell other people and come back.”