While we’re talking about a restaurant opportunity up for grabs on the quiet side of Capitol Hill along 19th Ave E, let us mark the passing of another neighborhood food and drink venture outside the Pike/Pine and Broadway hot zones.
Its death might also have the markings of the latest “cursed” restaurant space on Capitol Hill.
A few weeks back, the dreaded brown paper went up in the windows of 15th Ave E’s Olive Tree. The Mediterranean sit-down debuted in early 2017 as an offshoot of the Kent original. The first Olive Tree continues to thrive. But the Capitol Hill expansion is gone. Ownership has not returned our calls and messages about the closure.
The shuttering might just mark the empty space as one of the Hill’s infamous cursed “restaurants.” This block of 15th Ave E has been home to one in the past. Jake’s then Mango then Mcguire’s then Kozak’s then Cypress went the cycle until Linda Derschang and Smith broke the sad chain in 2007.
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The Olive Tree space doesn’t have a timeline quite that tragic — yet. But the setup is there. Once home to the beloved Bagel Deli, its 2013 exit made way for Sur 16, an ambitious project that struggled through two years of business after big outlays and long delays transforming the deli into their vision of Latin American-flavored cuisine.
What’s next? The space was being actively marketed last CHS checked in. Feeling lucky? Go for it. Somebody has to break the streak, eventually.