Seen in West Seattle: Grouchos return, after a year away

August 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | In Pigeon Point, Seen around town, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

The Grouchos are back. They’re tougher to see than during their previous appearances on the north-facing slope alongside the eastbound West Seattle Bridge (our photo is from 2007) – but, as Patt posted on the WSB Facebook wall today, they’re back. Until last year, they seemed to appear magically each spring. This year, it turns out, they actually reappeared a few weeks ago, according to West Seattle writer Mark Bourne, who had chronicled them in the past; we contacted him this afternoon to mention the new sighting, and he pointed out he’d already written about it (with new photos showing they’ve multiplied!). Who puts them there? Still a mystery.


  1. I love it- now THAT is real guerrilla art

    Comment by sam-c — 2:55 pm August 18, 2011 #

  2. I saw these a few weeks ago on the NB ramp to I-5 from the West Seattle Bridge. They were on my left as I was entering the freeway.

    Comment by Paula T — 3:16 pm August 18, 2011 #

  3. There are way more of them this year than in the past.

    Comment by austin — 5:01 pm August 18, 2011 #

  4. I think there are two groups of Grouchos hidden in the trees this year.

    Paula: Perhaps you meant on your right? I see them to the right on the bus or car just on Pigeon Point’s greenbelt.

    Comment by JayDee — 6:50 pm August 18, 2011 #

  5. Does anyone remember the burger joint called Grouchos? I miss their blackberry milkshakes! When I saw the words “Grouchos” and “back” in the same sentence, I got a little excited.

    Comment by TC55 — 6:56 pm August 18, 2011 #

  6. “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
    — Groucho Marx

    Welcome back Grouchos!!

    Comment by R0b0 — 7:25 pm August 18, 2011 #

  7. @ JayDee – the ones I saw were on the I-5 NB onramp and on the left side about three weeks or so ago. I’ve seen the ones on Pigeon Point as well, and I’m speaking of a completely different onramp (not the Delridge ramp onto the WS Bridge). You may be right about there being more of them than before :D

    Comment by Paula T — 9:16 pm August 18, 2011 #

  8. TC! Yes! Me too! Is it weird I’ve lived here for 25 years and have never seen nor heard of these?

    Comment by Cait — 9:28 pm August 18, 2011 #

  9. Yeah, I miss the old Groucho’s burgers, and yes, the blackberry shakes were awesome!

    Comment by 56bricks — 7:17 am August 19, 2011 #

  10. no, i saw these on left side NB I5 ramp from ws bridge. about 3 weeks ago as well.

    Comment by ca — 7:34 am August 19, 2011 #

  11. @Paula T – Yep, I saw them at NB I-5 as well. On the grassy left side as you dip down from EB Spokane Street Viaduct and then back up onto NB 5.

    Comment by Chris M — 7:49 am August 19, 2011 #

  12. With the Groucho’s back, what is that telling us? Maybe everyone needs to take a deep breath and lighten up so it is easier to see the important stuff %-)

    Comment by patt — 9:20 am August 19, 2011 #

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