There will soon be another — very colorful — retail hole on Broadway. Just under a year since it opened, Cintli Latin Folklore will close its doors on Broadway later this month.
Owner Beto Yarce tells CHS his shop and cafe’s business just never took off on Capitol Hill but that he still believes Broadway’s revival is coming.
“It was a good fun period,” Yarce said. “We learned a lot. Broadway is such a vibrant street. It used to be different. I don’t know what happened in the last couple years. I had faith that Broadway will come back. We need more businesses like I tried to build.”
In other Broadway closings from the other end of the business lifespan, over the weekend, CHS reported that Broadway Video would abruptly close its doors Monday after 30 years on the street. While two closings may make a trend, there has also been plenty of new investment on the street as food and drink entrepreneurs move to introduce more neighborhood-focused food and drink options among the occasional corporate giant and bank. Meanwhile, there are still some big opportunities sitting empty in the area. This chamber of commerce-sponsored study looked at the changing retail trends on the street.
Cintli was envisioned as a new take on Yarce’s successful art and jewelry business in Pike Place Market that would include shopping and a cafe with coffees, drinking chocolates and tamales, pupusas, arepas and empanadas. It opened with a flourish in March 2013. Previously, the space had stood empty after being the longtime home to Bleu Bistro before it moved around the block to E Olive Way.
Cintli’s final day of business is planned for Sunday, March 23rd.
“We have great customers and some big supporters,” Yarce said about the closing. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough.”
You can learn more at cintli.com