Sometimes, the lifespan of a business aligns with the pattern of the year. Last New Year’s, 22 Doors quietly closed on 15th Ave E. The year before, Sam’s Tavern began its life with a New Year’s Eve celebration.
After a year and a half of business, 15th and Pine’s Le Zinc will shutter after a NYE bash of its own.
“We had a good time, too,” Le Zinc’s Axel Mace tells CHS. “There comes a point where you must make a decision.”
Le Zinc’s Pike Place Market big brother Maximilien will continue, Mace said. He said Le Zinc did great on weekends but just couldn’t gather momentum for weeknight crowds.
“We love the neighborhood, and the people,” Mace said. “We loved being here.”
Mace and business partner Willy Boutillier opened Le Zinc, named in honor of classic French zinc bar tops, in the summer of 2013. CHS spoke with Boutillier that winter about his plans for the new restaurant in the ground floor of new construction at the top of Pike/Pine.
“In France, when you say you’re going to the zinc, back in the day, it meant you were going to the bar,” Boutillier told CHS. “We have a zinc-topped bar at Maximilien. If feels nice, warm and gets a patina — not too shiny, antique, very subdued.”
To say goodbye, Le Zinc is hosting a $65 four-course menu Wednesday night for New Year’s Eve featuring “Foie Gras (bien sûr!), famous Salade Lyonnaise and Chocolate Gateau.” You’ll also find Bonnie Birch and her accordion to “serenade you into a joyous 2015.”
After Thursday, your Capitol Hill-area French choices are down to Cafe Presse or Bakery Nouveau unless you want to get spendy at Restaurant Marron. UPDATE: Le oops! Also add Inès Pâtisserie which opened at 11th and Madison earlier this year.
No word on what if anything is lined up for the space. If you’re in the market for a Graham Baba-designed Capitol Hill restaurant and ready to take your turn at attracting customers on a quiet, rainy Tuesday, you’ll want to check in as soon as the clock strikes 12.
Meanwhile, the closure caps another busy year of growth for Capitol Hill bars and restaurants.