The histories of current era Pike/Pine will surely have entries for cheap but satisfying taco provider Rancho Bravo. But we also might want to remember restaurant owner Freddy Rivas for the Capitol Hill projects he decided to pull the plug on.
The Freddy Junior’s Broadway burger joint is dead. Rivas tells CHS he had to say goodbye.
“We closed Freddy Junior’s for a variety of reasons,” Rivas said. “One of the key reasons was because I just didn’t have the time necessary to dedicate to overseeing the business. Staffing has also been a huge issue because the labor market has been really tight.”
While known for the enduring fast food love at Rancho Bravo, the Freddy’s closure follows another Rivas Pike/Pine exit from canceled plans to restart the old Ballet space with Buddha’s Kitchen.
Rivas opened the burger concept in summer of 2013 in the 1500 block of Broadway between Pike and Pine. He bought out a business called Grubwich for the space which had replaced the infamous Pita Pit. The building has been owned by Seattle Central but that is also about to change along with coming redevelopment. Neighboring Neighbours is also for sale for $6.9 million.
Shuttering Freddy’s falls on a much smaller financial scale, of course, but in Rivas’s restaurant world, it’s still a big deal. “We might decide to reopen in the future if I have the time, the place and resources necessary to give it the attention it needs and deserves,” Rivas said. “We really enjoyed making people happy to the extent we could and I personally will miss it because they were some of my favorite burgers ever. And of course, we would love to thank all of those who supported us and enjoyed our burgers.”
In the meantime, it’s not all loss for neighborhood hamburger lovers. The Little Big Burger chain is poised to open its 12th at Pike location soon.
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