For the first time in 20 years, the kids from Capitol Hill’s Holy Names Academy don’t have anywhere to hang out the first Monday morning of back to school after the Thanksgiving break.
Messages from longtime customers and staff were one of the few things left on the walls Sunday night as the process to pack up and move out the Tully’s Coffee at 19th and Aloha began.
CHS broke the new earlier this month on the financial difficulties behind the Seattle coffee chain that led to the lost lease after two decades of business at the corner. The Seattle PI has also reported on the financial problems.
Tully’s founder Tom O’Keefe told CHS the 19th Ave E and Aloha cafe opened October 23, 1997. Previously, it has been home to the storied Surrogate Hostess and, old timers say, was once a Red Mill Burger.
CHS does not have information on what comes next for the space. Meanwhile, company officials at Tully’s have not responded to our requests for more information about the closure and a string of shutdowns and lost leases in the region. Tully’s also has not said if it was able to offer positions to the employees from the 19th and Aloha cafe.
UPDATE: Other recent Tully’s closures include:
— Brandon Blas (@RealBrandonBlas) October 20, 2017
— Chuck Granade (@chuckgranade) November 18, 2017
The Capitol Hill coffee shop, meanwhile, is one of the few in the area with a dedicated parking lot. It was often bustling with busy parents in the midst of drop-offs of the young women who attend the prestigious Holy Names Academy and the kids who go to the St. Joseph School across the street.
Sunday night, a message could be viewed through the shop’s windows on the chalkboard where the day’s trivia or specials would normally be listed:
Thank you for 20 years of making this store the best example of what a community coffee shop should be. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. We will miss you all.