Only weeks after celebrating its sixth anniversary on E Olive Way, cafe, art space and bar Faire is calling it quits. Here’s the announcement that just landed in the CHS inbox:
We did something special!
Don’t be sad that it is over, be glad we did something amazing for 6 years. Friday we are celebrating from 12noon to way into the night!! Come say goodbye to the arts space were Seattle knew they could experiment with art, music, dance, theater, comedy and spoken word.
We are asking musicians and artists to come through and share this Friday. Please email [email protected] if you want to perform at Faire’s going away party.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You all have made my dream come true. I will be forever grateful.
We marked Faire’s six-year birthday here back in March. Turns out, the profile was also an obituary for the quirky venue.
“We consider ourselves an art bar. I think what sets us apart from other coffee shops is that we have a full bar,” Johnson told CHS. “And what sets us apart from other art bars would be that we have a huge music and experimentation component. We have improv, theater, we have poetry readings…I think that we’re not just a visual art space, but really an art community.”
She also talked about why she lasted as long as she did on Capitol Hill.
“I wanted to be on the Hill,” Johnson said in March. “I felt like that was really important, because I thought there was enough of an arts community- enough people that there would be foot traffic. I live in West Seattle right now, and it just wouldn’t work. There’s not enough foot traffic, and there are more families. I was always hell-bent on this neighborhood.”
Faire’s closure comes as E Olive Way has seen a recent blossoming of its place in Capitol Hill’s food and drink economy. New bars like Tommy Gun and Montana and the new home of CC’s have been joined by The Social, the first new dance club to open on Capitol Hill in years. Stalwarts The Elite, The Saint and the Crescent Tavern continue their boozy ways as smaller players like the Living Room hang in there. Dinette provides the tasty plates and sandwiches while Crumble & Flake probably deserves the hype.