Charlie’s on Broadway was a classic for many reasons, Capitol Hill regulars old and new witnessing its death not once but twice being among them. The cynical might say the fate of the building and bones of Charlie’s might also be a new classic Capitol Hill situation.
CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD have announced the opening of their new urgent care center on Broadway:
This state-of-the-art center meets the growing need for convenient, cost-effective, high quality medical care for local residents. Each location is staffed primarily by board-certified emergency medicine doctors. Together with key clinical support staff, such as X-ray technicians and medical assistants, they have the ability to handle a wide spectrum of common urgent care needs for the Capitol Hill community.
The 217 Broadway E overhaul of the former restaurant joins a Capitol Hill where minute clinics are outpacing new poke places just barely. Broadway and Capitol Hill Station make up an urgent care core. Zoom Care now operates two clinics on the street after joining the Broadway mix about six years ago. A former Blockbuster now houses an Immediate Clinic. CityMD makes five on Broadway. There are only four Starbucks shops — counting the one coming soon at 101 Broadway.
CityMD is a CHS advertiser.
Urgent care clinics are helping fill the gap left by the sagging system of health care for younger people, often uninsured and typically healthy enough that a visit to the doctor is only one more sign that you are too old to wear shorts to work in November.
— CHI Franciscan (@FHSHealth) November 21, 2017
CityMD’s expansion to the Puget Sound area has been done in conjunction with Tacoma-based private healthcare provide CHI Franciscan Health. In 2015, the combination opened up the partnership’s first CityMD location in the area in Ravenna. There is also a location in Kent and another was being planned for West Seattle.
Charlie’s on Broadway closed for good in January some 40 years after its birth. Reborn under The Lodge Sports Grille family of restaurants, Charlie’s reopened in December 2015. But the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in November 2016 listing ten businesses it operated including Charlie’s. The restaurant’s longest run came under longtime owner Ken Bauer who helped open Charlie’s in 1976, and took it over in 2000 after the restaurant’s namesake owner passed away. As the end of the lease agreement approached, Bauer started looking to sell but found no buyers for years. CHS broke the bittersweet news of Bauer’s long-awaited retirement and Charlie’s first closure in June of 2015. “I’ve always told my employees ‘Everything is for sale,’” Bauer told CHS in 2010. If you never got the chance to visit, here’s what Charlie’s looked like back then.