After reporting many of the happiest stories of Capitol Hill food+drink in 2017, we start 2018 with a sad note. Sorry, fans, but Taco Time will not be returning to 14th and Madison.
Way back in 2009, we reported on the exit of Taco Time from Capitol Hill as the family that owns the Pacific Northwest fast food chain put its most valuable chunk of land up for development. After a series of failed passes at design review, the Tonkins sold the whole kit and caboodle $3.6 million in 2014. A six-story project was finally approved and construction was completed last year. We would have called the building the Taco Time Apartments but the marketing people went with the “Broadcast.”
With construction complete, we now know who will be the resident restaurant in the mixed-use building’s street level. Sorry. It won’t be Taco Time. Try to give Seattle Muni Tower-born Core Bistro your love. The Vietnamese soup and sandwich cafe has your nostalgic disappointment to overcome.