No last dinner at Charlestown Café: Closed tonight, no power

April 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm | In Charlestown Cafe, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 6 Comments

6:41 PM: Tonight, the Charlestown Street Café was to be serving its last dinners, since it’s closing for good at 3 pm tomorrow – but when Dave got there a little while ago, he found that note on its door, saying it’s closed tonight because the power is out, back in the morning at 7 am. (The outage is shown on the City Light map – just one customer, just that spot, “cause unknown.”)

7:59 PM UPDATE: WSB contributor Kathy Mulady, who’s covered the Charlestown’s travails since 2006 and reported the WSB followup after the closure announcement, talked to the Seattle City Light crews that are on scene right now. They told her a transformer blew and they’re waiting for a new one. Oddly, Kathy adds, the outage didn’t affect the big sign out front. It, perhaps defiantly, blazes on.


  1. Dang it! We just drove up hoping for our last dinner. I am so bummed.

    Comment by A long-time diner — 6:49 pm April 2, 2011 #

  2. Just one customer? Just one spot? Oops. Maybe City Light turned off their power a few days too early.

    Comment by Jasperblu — 6:54 pm April 2, 2011 #

  3. Sounds suspicious…a landlord dirty trick?

    Comment by Chris — 7:07 pm April 2, 2011 #

  4. Chris, we just added to the story – SCL crew at the site says it’s a transformer. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:04 pm April 2, 2011 #

  5. I was having a late lunch with a friend and the electricity went off, but then they got it back on (generator?). What a bummer for the staff missing out on tips and people who want to have their last meal there and say goodbye. I live VERY close by and have been seeing lots of hugs and tears over there for the last week. Can’t wait to be a thorn in the side of the developer when they start going through the Land Use process!

    Comment by Ladyblahblah — 8:15 pm April 2, 2011 #

  6. Some say there is no such thing as synchronicity……

    Comment by Been There — 9:00 pm April 2, 2011 #

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