Even for a man who called his restaurant Dulces it’s hard to not sound bitter about burning out on Capitol Hill.
“We had a hard time getting new clientele,” owner Carlos Kainz tells CHS about the sudden shuttering of his 19th and Madison restaurant over the weekend. “Our old clientele were very loyal. But the very young customers upstairs… they wanted a club.”
Kainz and wife Julie Guerrero served their last dishes at the latest incarnation of Dulces Latin Bistro after only 280 days of business in the restaurant space of the Lawrence Lofts building. Kainz said he and Guerrero struggled to grow business on the corner — “The cars go by too fast, so they can’t see we we’re here” — and were given the option to either sell or get out.
Turns out, there were plenty of takers looking for a turnkey, Capitol Hill-area restaurant space. Thudsuan Kitchen and Bar will take over the corner with a start-of-September opening planned.
The second generation venture in the new construction will team some veterans of Seattle-area Thai restaurants in the first operation they’ll run on their own.
Boyd Nguyen says the group is inherently a great restaurant space in a good location — and is taking a no nonsense approach to traditional Thai.
“We’ll be open for lunch, dinner… give it a shot and see how it goes,” he said.
Good enough. A liquor license process is underway. We’ll keep you posted as the new opening approaches.
In the meantime, Kainz and Guerrero begin their long odyssey anew. After their 2011 exit from the restaurant’s original Madrona home, the couple were at one time lined up for Broadway’s Joule building. Next came word that the new Dulces was destined for the Oola Distillery project where Zoe roosts now. Ultimately, after 19 years in business in Madrona, Dulces landed downtown on Western Ave. By summer of 2012, Dulces was shuttered again.
So, does a third closure mark the end of Dulces? Kainz said no.
“If we find a small space in Leschi or Madison Park, or Madison Valley…” he said, “We’re not going to go big and crazy.”
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- The Redwood is not closing. Yet. A recent note in City Arts was off. By about 18 months. CHS reported on the eventual fate of the hidden-away Capitol Hill watering hole here in 2012. Lisa Brooke said the plan remains the same — but that you have plenty of time to say goodbye. “We are actually in our 1 year plus 6 months to go countdown… we hope to start ‘celebrating’ the last year countdown in the new year,” she tells us. Party.
@jseattle Do you know why City Arts is reporting that the Redwood is closing on their “meter”?
— Ryan Packer (@typewriteralley) August 12, 2014
- The Capitol Hill Zaw, however, *is* closing — but the local chain is looking for a new Hill location to reopen in after six years at 15th and Pine:In the past 6 years, we’ve learned a lot about ‘zaw, including how much space we need to operate a store, and what kind of convenience our customers need from us. While we’ve grown, we came to realize that our initial Capitol Hill space was way too big for our concept and wasn’t the most convenient place for our customers to quickly stop by and pickup a pizza. Our new stores have been designed to much better fit our operations. With that, we will be choosing not to extend our lease in Capitol Hill and we will be continuing our search for a more perfect location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. We’re not abandoning our friends in Capitol Hill as we will continue to deliver to all of our Capitol Hill customers out of our South Lake Union location, which is just a short 5 minutes away. We have revamped that store to better fit the needs of increased delivery and pickup volume.Stop by our Capitol Hill location and grab a pizza, or just say hi before our last day on August 24th and you’ll receive a $10 off coupon for your next visit to our South Lake Union location at 434 Yale Avenue North on the corner of Yale & Republican.
- Kaisho “Chef de cuisine” Kalen Schramke is bringing his Savage Cuisine pop-up back to life at 12th/Pike:
Hi all it’s Kalen from savage Street cuisine. I’ve got a place on Capitol Hill now called Kaisho on 12 and pike. I’m going to be doing a communal dinner every Monday between 7 and 10pm. Show up when you like and food will be on the table. Tonight’s feast is pork coconut curry, cucumber melon salad and all the fixins. Only 15$ per person. See you all real soon.
- The Puget Sound Business Journal on the newly opened Kaisho: “Gone are Boom Noodle’s long communal tables and big, rather serene photo of young Japanese women on a bridge looking at their cell phones. In their place are black upholstered booths and a giant wall mural combining graffiti and Japanese animation figures in Day-Glo colors.”
- Out of the blue, quite a week in Capitol Hill food and drink:
Inès Pâtisserie opened on the backside of Pike/Pine
Von Trapp’s became Rhein Haus
We spilled the beans on a new E Pine izakaya from Suika
We introduced you to Jackson’s Lake Chad Cafe
Black Coffee called it quits on Capitol Hill
Nuflours announced a crowdfunding drive to create its new cafe space
7 Beef plans were revealed
- Here’s how the Wall Street Journal does Capitol Hill.
- Here is Food and Wine’s take on Porchlight, Victrola, and Analog Coffee.
- The new Gamma Ray Games/Raygun Lounge link-up is open:
- Getting beer/wine (according to permits) — Fuel Coffee (19th Ave) and Freddy’s (Broadway)
- “The bar is cool, but a relaxed cool…“
- Witness is celebrating its one-year anniversary.
- Restaurant Zoe is throwing an open house:
Enjoy a variety of appetizers with the farm to table sensibilities and seasonal finesse of Restaurant Zoë’s Chefs while you sip on a custom crafted cocktail from our fully stocked bar and learn about what our space has to offer!
- Chuck’s Central District is throwing a customer appreciation party:
Wow. It’s been just about seven months since we opened, and the response we’ve gotten from the community has been overwhelming. We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to the Central District, so as a thank you, we’ll be having a customer appreciation party next Tuesday (the 26th). We’re closing off the parking lot, and Chuck himself will be serving up some delicious homemade Korean barbecue! This is your chance to come out and meet the guy on the shirts–and on that note, anybody wearing a Chuck’s t-shirt that day will get $1 off all their beers that day! We’ll also be offering $1 scoops of ice cream. Plates of food will be $5, with 100% of the proceeds going towards Treehouse, helping foster children get ready for the coming school year. (http://www.treehouse4kids.org/)
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