Chuck and Sally’s Tavern gets a new sign: ‘For Lease’

February 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 19 Comments

Something new, three and a half years after Chuck and Sally’s Tavern in Morgan Junction closed without fanfare (as we reported in early September 2007, the original note on the door just said “Closed for a few days/Cooler problems,” and it never reopened): Driving by late today, we did a double-take after spotting the huge FOR LEASE signs in the windows. Owner Jim Jacobsen told Seattle Weekly seven weeks ago that he was looking for a tenant, but the marketing effort appeared to be low-key – till now. Jacobsen told the Weekly the building’s been owned by his family for almost 70 years.


  1. Yea! Put something in Chuck and Sallys and we’ll be there! I love our neighborhood and welcome something new. Top Pot maybe??

    Comment by A — 6:57 pm February 18, 2011 #

  2. A, I completely agree. We have been dying for something great to open up there too.

    Comment by CMC — 7:15 pm February 18, 2011 #

  3. Hoorah!!!!! The slum lord acquiesces, finally. Now maybe the daily accumulation of beer cans, pop cans and general trash left by vagrants and bus-goers will be cleaned up on a daily basis, at least. This negligent owner has given this neighborhood a black eye long enough. I welcome ANY business be it tavern, hair salon or eatery. Way overdue. Hoorah!!!!!!!

    Comment by Chuck and Sally's Van Man — 8:03 pm February 18, 2011 #

  4. Well said Van Man. I can appreciate the history, but I don’t appreciate the owner letting it become the eyesore of our neighborhood. I’m not sure who the heck will lease it in the present condition, but I’d welcome someone who’s willing to continue with what Zeeks, The Feedback and the Beveridge Place have done to bring vibrant (and clean) businesses to our neighborhood.

    Comment by natinstl — 10:10 pm February 18, 2011 #

  5. I thought that this building was condemned too.

    Comment by jiggers — 1:36 am February 19, 2011 #

  6. I remember back in the early 80′s they had a bakery/catering business next door to them(where its boarded up), I used to get cookies while waiting for the bus there.

    I hope they bring something new and great into that spot. It’s been run down a lonnnnng time, and that area could always use a nice and promising business! =]

    Comment by Jessica Fuller — 5:59 am February 19, 2011 #

  7. O gods of commerce, give me something cool. That’s an awesome location that’s never been fully utilized.

    Comment by Yardvark — 7:51 am February 19, 2011 #

  8. I can verify from the DPD files that it isn’t and never has been. The only violation was the one we reported in the few months after it closed, regarding it being used as a parking lot of some kind … and that remains the only thing to date in the city file – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:45 am February 19, 2011 #

  9. If it needs as much work inside as it does outside, i hope slumlord can find someone with the stomach for it. There really isn’t any excuse to let something get that trashed. the location should be very promising – been waiting 17 years for something appealing to bring life into that corner.

    Comment by b-squared — 10:57 am February 19, 2011 #

  10. The irony that the owner is a real estate agent who (otherwise) makes his living on improved property values is almost too much to bear.

    Comment by Chuck and Sally\'s Van Man — 2:22 pm February 19, 2011 #

  11. The inside needs more work then the outside. The floors are about to give in. All the coolers need to be replaced. In general the place needs to be torn down. I know of one person that went and looked at it. He could not get out fast enough. All he saw was a money pit with no bottom. All the upgrades needed to bring it up to code was insane. And not to mention the mold problem. And after sitting for three plus years with out up keep it can only have gotten worse. It is going to take someone with big dreams and an even bigger bank account to make something of this place. the only thing it maybe worth is a controlled burn trainning for the fire department.

    Comment by foy-boy — 5:30 pm February 19, 2011 #

  12. Whether it’s a cool new bar, bakery, etc.. we desperately need something to take over that eyesore. It is a shame that the owner has let it remain in this condition for so long. Before it closed, the parking lot was being used by the homeless who would park their cars and sleep overnight. Some of those same cars still line California Ave. near Beveridge Place.

    Comment by Doug — 6:32 pm February 19, 2011 #

  13. The present owner has no consideration for the neighboring homes or West Seattle period! I think his parents would be appalled at how he has handled this property that holds so many memories for those of us who have lived here all of our lives (& newer folks as well!). I remember it as “3 Little Pigs BBQ” in the 60′s…Anything is better than what is currently there, a MAJOR EYESORE!!

    Comment by MsEvelyn — 6:52 pm February 19, 2011 #

  14. Who would lease that? It’s so gross I can’t imagine anyone would want to be in there in anyway – and who would want to go there once they did. I would be happier seeing a FOR SALE sign on it so someone can level it an begin again. Energy cleanse needed!

    Comment by md — 8:01 pm February 19, 2011 #

  15. Dear commenters … Has anyone who contends the place is in bad shape been inside since it closed? If not, how do you know what shape it’s in? Also note that there have been some amazing transformations around West Seattle – note our story yesterday about “The Bridge” (and as we have covered multiple new businesses opening over the years, we have heard similar stories of renovation/transformation) – so even if it is in less-than-stellar shape, nothing’s to say it can’t be cleaned up, fixed up, overhauled. Give its potential lessee a chance. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:18 pm February 19, 2011 #

  16. Thank you TR, took the words out of my mouth.

    I for one like the idea of it being “for lease” instead of the whole property for sale, I’m over swanky town houses.. And more than likely that’s what would show up in it’s place.. But who am I to assume.

    Comment by Westside J. — 1:15 am February 20, 2011 #

  17. How quick we are to throw stones when we don’t know the whole story. Lets be thankful that something is being done with the property and hopeful that everyone in the neighborhood is satisfied with what ends up there.
    ps….have you looked at your property lately and how does it look?

    Comment by Old Friend — 2:19 pm February 20, 2011 #

  18. I have looked at my property lately and it looks great! I’m just sayin’…

    Comment by MsEvelyn — 5:47 pm February 27, 2011 #

  19. As someone who looked at leasing the space I can say the inside does need lots of work. that however is not the largest obstacle to a new lessee it is the asking price w/o any owner assistance (floors,roof, windows etc…) If he comes down on his demands I believe a thriving business could be running in just a few months.

    Comment by magic — 4:00 pm February 28, 2011 #

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