We’re sure the rest of its 85 years at the corner of 10th Ave E and E Miller have been more pleasant.
But for the last decade, the Keuss Building has been home to a rotating menu of Capitol Hill food and drink sadness.
Over the weekend, Abay Ethiopian — “named for a great river,” CHS put it when the restaurant was moving in two years ago — served its last meals at the location:
On March 8th Sunday night is Abay Ethiopian Cuisine will be [our] last night. We are moving to a new location. Thank you to all for all love and support through out the years. We met a bunch of great people and made wonderful friends. Please follow us on Facebook and we will let you know about the new locations soon.
Management says the plan is to reopen at a new, more fruitful location elsewhere in the Seattle area soon.
Blen Mamo Teklu’s venture lasted longer at the corner than some. Since we began publishing, CHS has written about a string of openings — and closings — in the old brick restaurant space. Skelly and the Bean lasted only 10 months. Before that, Easy Joe’s made a go of it before a successful move to Pioneer Square. The Alcove never opened. Tidbit Bistro lasted almost three years before a move to Broadway and Union before shuttering a year after that. You have to go back to the pre-CHS seven-year run of Cassis to find a story that doesn’t end with premature evacuation. Also, XO Bistro fits somewhere in the timeline. Take it away, old timers…