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CHS Year in Review 2020 | New beginnings and sad goodbyes — the year in Capitol Hill food+drink

Back in March just as we were beginning to find out what we were in for in the year ahead, Mezcaleria Oaxaca added a long-planned taco window

Even when Capitol Hill bars and restaurants have been able to be open in 2020, the world has thrown in a few kinks. No fries at Dick’s? We will persevere as long as Liberty remains forever open.

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Somehow, despite the ongoing pandemic, the necessary but painful restrictions, and government’s ineptitude and neglect on creating meaningful financial relief, flickers of life continued to burn in the hardiest core of Capitol Hill’s food and drink scene.

Below, we look at the year in food and drink through the brave new businesses that joined the neighborhood, the favorites we lost, and a few tweaks and changes along the way. CHS looks forward to more openings — and, hopefully, not too many painful closures — in 2021.

NEW BEGINNINGS

Communion

  • La Rue Creperie and Espresso emerged from below The Reef on E Olive Way
  • Rapport introduced self-pour beer and wine — a concept made for these times — on North Broadway
  • Communion delivered on its promise of grits, Seattle Soul, and equitable development in the Central District
  • Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s new taco window arrived just in time
  • Drip Tea Cafe preceded the pandemic and brought Instagram worthy boba and tea to Pike/Pine
  • Star Fusion and Bar brought its family-run business and Mongolian roots to replace Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar on Broadway
  • The Doctor’s Office saw its first patients on E Olive Way in February just as the pandemic set in
  • Taku, from chef Shota Nakajima, is another we barely got to know after it debuted on E Pike in April
  • La Josie’s added to Fogon’s family on E Pike
  • Soul Shack brought hot dogs to Broadway’s smallest commercial space
  • Light Sleeper added a “terroir bar” to Chophouse Row as the exit of Bar Ferdinand also marked the exit of Matt Dillon from Capitol Hill
  • Meet Korean BBQ replaced Rove on E Pike
  • Seoul Bowl replaced Aloha Bap on 12th Ave
  • Bounty Kitchen replaced Tallulah’s on 19th Ave E
  • In the Central District, Temple Pastries opened on Jackson. (UPDATE: A reader noticed we left Temple out of our poll. We’ve now added!)
  • Sumo replaced sushi trailblazer Ha Na on Broadway
  • Locust Cider opened a First Hill taproom

Barca

SAD GOODBYES

  • Oola Distillery is moving to Georgetown
  • Mentioned above but worthy of mention again here. Sayonara, Ha Na, and thanks for all the fish. Also, A & A Cafe Organic Tamaleria closed before we were able to return
  • Bill’s Off Broadway won’t reopen after 40 years on Capitol Hill
  • Barca, 2000-2020
  • Suika lost its lease — But Rondo (see above) lives on
  • E Jefferson’s Nate’s Wings & Waffles, Happy Grillmore, and the Central District Ice Cream Company family shut down
  • January’s closure of Central Smoke on E Jefferson was seen as part of possible signs of a slowdown to come in Seattle food and drink. Little did we know…
  • Panera Bread exited Broadway — and it wasn’t even COVID’s fault
  • The Heritage Distilling tasting room, Amandine, and Souther flavored Bar Sue all gave up the ghost
  • Intrigue shuttered its 15th and Madison chocolate and coffee house
  • Stumptown 12th Ave closed for good and, somehow, CHS didn’t write about it
  • Marination Station announced its permanent closure as Seattle’s catering business dried up
  • UPDATE: A late addition to the sad part. The Wandering Goose has wandered away

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PSM
PSM
17 days ago

Excited to try some of these new places, but I’m really going to miss the ones we lost, especially Wandering Goose, Bar Sue (home of the best happy hours deals a few years ago), Marination, Nate’s, Suika, and Bill’s.

Here’s to more days of meeting neighbors at bars and trying new restaurants in 2021. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, j.

CD4EVA
CD4EVA
17 days ago

Don’t forget about The Neighbor Lady!

JAD
JAD
15 days ago

It was tough losing Hana. Great, affordable sushi and the staff was so nice. Happy to see some of the newcomers to the hood, like La Rue, Spice Box, and Post Pike. Thanks for keeping us up to date on everything!