There is another opportunity on Broadway opening up for a food and drink entrepreneur to make a big, comfortable splash on the neighborhood’s central drag.
After four years of Tex-Mex by way of Madison Park on Broadway, Rooster’s Bar & Grill is set to close at the end of the month.
Owners Stan Moshier and Lori Campbell announced the impending closure with a sign in the window of the north Broadway restaurant. Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Todd for the tip.
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In the message, the Rooster’s owners say they are closing to “pursue other business and personal interests” including a Stan’s Fine Foods mobile business. The letter concludes with a “special thanks” to the restaurant’s “loyal customers” who found Rooster’s to be a “welcome, friendly safe harbor.” It also concludes with a jab at the media: “To the famous Seattle Times Food Critics who chose to never write us up, thank you, you were irrelevant and unnecessary.”
The letter, inexplicably, is signed, “ATLAS SHRUGGED.”
CHS would have asked Moshier about that but the restaurateur is ending his Rooster’s run much as he began it. When we first met Moshier, he was working on the restaurant space and claimed he was only there as a contractor. Later in May of 2015 when the joint opened, Moshier was a little warmer. “There’s no polished metal. We wanted something warm and comfortable for everybody,” he told CHS at the time.
Moshier and Campbell created the Tex-Mex themed Rooster’s from the literal ashes of the space left behind after a never-solved arson destroyed the Galerias Mexican restaurant in 2011. Moshier tells CHS he won the bid to work as a contractor on rehabbing the restaurant in preparation for finding a new project to lease the space — it was a real mess by the time work began three years after the fire, Moshier said, with copper pipes and wires stripped by thieves and people using the burned out building as a place to hang out and shoot up — and as he built it back up, the longtime owner of Madison Park’s Bing’s decided it might be time to saddle back up in the restaurant biz.
Bing’s, which Moshier reportedly sold long ago, also closed suddenly this summer.
We asked Moshier for more information about the Rooster’s closure and timing but he declined to comment — “I think I’ll pass. We’ll be open until August 31st. You’re certainly welcome as a customer anytime,” he texted back.
UPDATE: Moshier did reply back and say the restaurant has been sold. We’ll see what else we can learn.
The Rooster’s closure comes around the five year mark from the start of its buildout, a typical option period for long-term commercial leases. The empty space will eave another major hole in the North Broadway commercial scene as Roy Street Coffee’s huge cafe space remains empty. The closure also comes as a few ripples of new investment are passing through the northern end of the Broadway core. Carrello, a new project from the folks at Altura, is set to open in the form Poppy space. Lionhead also has new owners. And Olmstead is coming to an overhauled Broadway Grill space.