After just over a year of business and two years to the month when its predecessor the legendary Kingfish Cafe served its final meals, 19th Ave E’s Ernest Loves Agnes will close at the end of January to make way for a new project:
Ernest Loves Agnes owner, Jason Lajeunesse, announced today that he will close his restaurant and bar after service on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Jason said on behalf of his business partner, Joey Burgess, and himself: “We will be serving our last dinner at Ernest Loves Agnes at the end of the month to make room for a wonderful new project. We have loved serving our neighbors, and hope that you will join us for our last week of service, ending with our last night January 31, 2017.”
Details about the new project will be released in the coming weeks.
CHS reported in November on the restaurant’s one-year anniversary — and yet another rotation of characters in the kitchen at the Hemingway-inspired Italian and pizza joint.
Owner Jason Lajeunesse declined to comment further on the closure and what comes next for the space at this time.
The restaurant underwent a significant and much needed overhaul after the Coaston sisters closed Kingfish in January 2015. The partnership behind Lost Lake, the Comet, and Big Mario’s successfully won any bidding for the lease and Ernest Loves Agnes debuted that September. The new venture represented an escalated approach for the guys behind a Pike/Pine diner and clubs. “This is a whole other level,” Burgess told CHS in 2015. “We’re stepping up.”
No word on what is coming next on 19th Ave E. Nearby, the Ritual House of Yoga is preparing to expand into a nearby retail space from its former “little theater” home that also opened in 2015. Tallulah’s, born 2013 into the Derschang restaurant and bar family, and 19th Ave E longtimer Monsoon give the intersection of 19th and Mercer a foodie core to build from. Laurie and Leslie Coaston, meanwhile, have yet to return to the Seattle food and drink scene after closing Kingfish despite some talk about new projects as they wound down 18 years on the street. We know what you’re thinking. Don’t get your hopes up.