It appears Larita Mcfall will lose her job at Broadway’s Qdoba after all — but it won’t be because of what the Qdoba employee said in May as protesters targeted the Broadway restaurant during a day of marches against the fast food industry.
The “Mexican grill” concept chain announced Monday it will close three locations in the Seattle area — including Broadway:
We’re sorry to announce that this Wednesday, July 3, we will be permanently closing our Capitol Hill, Rainier and Kirkland locations at 3 p.m. It has been great serving you, and we thank you for your patronage at these restaurants. We’re still serving up your favorites at our other Puget Sound area locations. We look forward to seeing you at one of these Qdoba restaurants in the near future!
While it is *only* one restaurant, Qdoba’s struggle could represent a bad sign for the current mix of restaurants and retail on Broadway. A recent study commissioned by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce showed that “limited-service restaurants” have grown to represent 28% of the retail mix on Broadway — up from 20% in 2007 and now representing the single largest segment in the retail core.
The closure is also a blow to The Joule building’s retail mix where Mod Pizza, another “limited-service” player, is apparently looking for an exit with this listing for a sub-lease of the space:
Terrific retail or restaurant end cap in new Joule Project. Low sublease rate. Fixtures & equipment negotiable if desired. Please do not discuss with employees – call listing agent for details. Mod continues their aggressive growth in other markets.
The Joule faced challenges filling its north Broadway retail spaces, eventually going with a national yoga studio chain for its anchor tenant space. We’ll keep an eye on what second-generation uses evolve in the Joule. The space left by the building’s first restaurant casualty, Saizen Sushi, has yet to be re-filled.
Meanwhile, the latest moves from the likes of Linda Derschang to add investments in the “full-service” restaurant space on Broadway and for others like Gregg Holcomb to blaze some new territory on the strip might be coming at just the right time.