Almost 1 year after Charlestown Café closure, site’s up for lease

March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am | In Charlestown Cafe, West Seattle news | 121 Comments

(April 2011 photo by Kathy Mulady for WSB)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor


Almost one full year after the “closed forever” sign went up on the Charlestown Street Café‘s door – a new sign is up on the property at 3800 California SW:

We noticed the sign over the weekend, as did others (two WSB’ers sent us notes – THANKS!), and this morning we spoke with John Wunder at Associates West, the West Seattle brokerage handling the just-launched search for someone new to lease the property.

Wunder confirms that the most recent development proposal for the site (reported here shortly after the restaurant’s closure last April) fell through, though he doesn’t know why, since his firm was not involved with it.

(We had asked the city about that mixed-use-building proposal’s status a while back, since the city’s website had an online notation that the application had been canceled; the prospective developer didn’t answer our calls/e-mails, and all the city could say was, the required fees hadn’t been paid, so the application was canceled. Three years earlier, a plan to build a new PETCO store on the site stalled before clearing Design Review.)

According to Wunder, there’s already “lots of interest” in the site – in fact, it was being shown again this morning, he said. He does not expect the site’s ownership (which he says has NOT changed) to come up with another development proposal any time soon – he believes “the right tenant” will likely get a 5-year lease, adding, “We’re hopeful it’ll be something the community will like. Hopefully another restaurant …”

Whatever goes in, they will be leasing the entire site – he says it’s “all or nothing.” The site’s been vacant since the café cleared out, except for a Christmas-tree lot that used the north-side parking area for a few weeks during the holiday season.

No listing online yet but Wunder expects it’ll appear sometime later today. (Meantime, you can call Associates West at the number on the sign if you’re interested.)

121 Comments

  1. I’d love for it to be a diner type restaurant. We don’t really have any here (one or two with very limited seating and hours). It’s the one thing I really miss from the East Coast!

    Comment by NWchickenLittle — 12:08 pm March 12, 2012 #

  2. What a great place for a Dicks Drive In!!!

    everybody write in to Dicks:

    http://www.ddir.com/contact

    Comment by jsw — 12:16 pm March 12, 2012 #

  3. We miss , and always will, the delicious breakfasts Charlestown Street Cafe used to prepare…so sad this place had to fold.

    Comment by ILoveWestSeattle — 12:31 pm March 12, 2012 #

  4. the neighbors who were upset about losing sun and having a tower in their backyards with the planned development, should be thrilled about this

    Comment by Diane — 12:32 pm March 12, 2012 #

  5. Hey ILoveWestSeattle…

    Just imagine how good a Dicks Deluxe would taste for breakfast!!!! :-)

    Comment by jsw — 12:36 pm March 12, 2012 #

  6. All night cafe with internet! Meanders 2! LOL

    Comment by celeste17 — 12:39 pm March 12, 2012 #

  7. Yes, this is just the place for a drive in place to eat. Or for the Rocksport to move to!

    Comment by Gina — 12:40 pm March 12, 2012 #

  8. Yes, a Dick’s there would sure be nice, but I’m sure the folks who own McD’s down the street wouldn’t be wild about it.

    When a property sits for over a year like that, that’s a long time for the owner to go without rents. I wonder if he or she ever regrets not extending the Charlestown’s lease?

    Comment by The Scooting Gourmet — 12:45 pm March 12, 2012 #

  9. yes, all night, or at the very least, late night cafe; we so desperately need something besides bars that are open late at night

    Comment by Diane — 12:50 pm March 12, 2012 #

  10. I did hear that Rocksport was interested in it a while back…

    Comment by jsw — 1:07 pm March 12, 2012 #

  11. Another vote for a Dicks! Fill out the contact form share above.

    Comment by Wessider — 1:09 pm March 12, 2012 #

  12. the site also would been great for Zippy’s if it had been available at the right time. alas.

    Comment by Ben — 1:25 pm March 12, 2012 #

  13. Buffalo Wild Wings! YES PLEASE!

    Comment by Gennessee Hill — 1:28 pm March 12, 2012 #

  14. Bring back Grouchos! :-) Some kind of family friendly burger joint would be great.

    Comment by MJ — 1:47 pm March 12, 2012 #

  15. We would love an upscale, but casual burger/beer joint. We’re missing something like that since Porterhouse closed. As much as I love Dick’s drive-in, I don’t think that would be a good addition to the neighborhood.

    Comment by e.r. — 1:55 pm March 12, 2012 #

  16. Swinery expansion?

    Comment by johnnyblegs — 1:57 pm March 12, 2012 #

  17. How about a Party store?

    Comment by ME — 1:57 pm March 12, 2012 #

  18. Living a block away, I get an extra vote. I like Dick’s drive in idea, but will need a membership at a work out place with it.
    I just hope they don’t serve booze, we have enough trouble with drunk drivers on Charlestown as it is.
    I also hope they put in garbage cans so I don’t have to pick up after their customers.
    I hope it is a family friendly place, there are enough places that are not kid friendly in West Seattle and not affordable for full family meals.

    Comment by Florence Fiddler — 2:00 pm March 12, 2012 #

  19. a party store? nah..it’s a perfect place for an eatery…

    Comment by JanS — 2:00 pm March 12, 2012 #

  20. I’d love for it to be a fun diner!

    Comment by Kim — 2:04 pm March 12, 2012 #

  21. I’d be happy with many of the above suggestions. Dick’s, Rocksport, or a burger place would all get my business. How about an expansion of one of our great local breweries? Big Al’s, Georgetown, Elysian…

    Comment by Jeff — 2:06 pm March 12, 2012 #

  22. Dick’s?!? A place that doesn’t even offer bacon or jalapenos, let alone sell beer? Pffft. There are way too many better local options to list.

    Comment by NFiorentini — 2:11 pm March 12, 2012 #

  23. No Dicks. Yuck. If you want Dicks just drive down the street to McD’s. Tastes the same. And Meanders… it would be nice if they could find a space with better ventilation (or fix the place they’re in now). I don’t like to go there any more because I smell horrible when I leave. It’s so smoky. Ick.

    Comment by B — 2:17 pm March 12, 2012 #

  24. West Seattle needs an all AMERICAN diner type place. Or a Chinese restaurant.New Luck Toy was the BEST and now we have that NASTY over PRICED Talaricos. The drunkards dont even buy their pizza. We sure as HELL dont need any more BURGERS! OR PIZZA! AND NO more fast food. Are you KIDDING ME??? If you want Dicks you know where to get it. And who cares what Abboud’s McDonalds thinks? They treat their employees like they do their left over “meat”. Lets bring back a nice diner with more than ONE type of food so these McDonald employees can get away from there. West Seattle needs more choices than burgers and pizza. They lost a GEM when Charlestown closed. Where do old people go for breakfast now??? Burien. Thats just REDICULOUS!!!!!

    Comment by RuKiddingME — 2:23 pm March 12, 2012 #

  25. Secret to the Perfect Bacon Cheese Burger…

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001396523306#!/photo.php?fbid=322242457832302&set=a.280611518662063.66122.100001396523306&type=1&theater

    Comment by jsw — 2:26 pm March 12, 2012 #

  26. I’d vote for a cross-over family restaurant with both more intensely flavored cuisine alongside the gentler cuisine favored by many elders and younger palates.

    Something for everyone, not just a burger joint.

    Sort of a Charleston+….

    Comment by Ray Carter — 2:26 pm March 12, 2012 #

  27. Kidd Valley!!!

    Comment by Westseattleperson — 2:30 pm March 12, 2012 #

  28. I live about as close as a person could live to this site, and as long as they keep it clean and there aren’t people fighting/dumping trash/setting off fireworks in the parking lot, I don’t care what it becomes. Just about anything will be an improvement over the trashy state the previous property management company let it get into for an extended period last year.

    Comment by Ajax — 2:32 pm March 12, 2012 #

  29. Step on up from Dick’s to RED MILL baby!

    Comment by Trevor — 2:32 pm March 12, 2012 #

  30. Red Mill, We soooooo need a Red Mill.

    Comment by Stu — 2:45 pm March 12, 2012 #

  31. I vote for Rocksport too! They are going to lose their space eventually and I don’t want to see another WS business go down. (I’d would love a Dick’s here though – it’s NOTHING like MickeyD’s btw – but feel we should take care of our own first)

    Comment by GenHillOne — 2:47 pm March 12, 2012 #

  32. New Luck Toy was awful, but I’d love it if we had a good Chinese restaurant in West Seattle.

    Comment by datamuse — 2:47 pm March 12, 2012 #

  33. Wow, RuKiddingME, simmer down…

    I also think a well-executed Chinese restaurant would do well. Something a bit classier and less greasy than Yen-Wor, but still inexpensive enough to feed a whole family for under $40.

    Comment by higgins — 2:51 pm March 12, 2012 #

  34. Reply from Dicks:

    “Thank you for sharing your thoughts. In October we opened the Edmonds restaurant which was the first new location in 37 years. At this time we are not geared for growth but we are making some changes that will make it easier for us to expand in the future. I think you will see another restaurant in the next 3 to 5 years and then a steady slow growth thereafter.”

    Wow there are a lot of whiney haters on here!

    I would prefer a burger place where you could get a quick, quality burger to go. (I know some might not call Dick’s “quality”). So Red Mill, Zippys….that kind of a place. If you require beer with your burger there are already a couple good places in the Junction or Admiral areas were you can get that today.

    Anyway we’ll probably end up with some nail salon there anyway.

    Comment by Wessider — 3:01 pm March 12, 2012 #

  35. I think a new spot to have dinner and drinks would be awesome or sushi land!! West Seattle needs an awesome sushi place!!!! :)

    Comment by x — 3:09 pm March 12, 2012 #

  36. OMG, Lee’s Asian on California Ave is great! Go there. General Tso Chicken for life! Great for families OR to go

    DICKS, c’mon. A Seattle staple. YES. If you ever have moved from Seattle, you know what it feels like to not have Dick’s Drive-In. West Seattle wants YOU. Who has the petition, lets start it up. It worked for Edmonds.

    They pay well, they treat their employees very well, good service, they give to local charity, they do annual scholarships.

    Fresh daily ingredients.

    My rendering years, high school years, college years, late night years…would’ve never been the same without Dick’s.

    Last meal from death row…Dicks Deluxe, cheese, choc shake, fries, one tartar

    Comment by easystreetguy — 3:11 pm March 12, 2012 #

  37. My brother moved away from Seattle over 25 years ago…and every time I go and visit him in Maryland the first thing he asks me is “Did you bring me a Dicks Deluxe?!!” LOL

    Comment by jsw — 3:17 pm March 12, 2012 #

  38. For sushi there is an awesome place already:

    http://www.sushiwhore.com

    Its a just small and a bit expensive…but awesome? yes, it is.

    Comment by Wessider — 3:17 pm March 12, 2012 #

  39. I vote for a Chipotle.

    Comment by Michelle — 3:21 pm March 12, 2012 #

  40. Move the Alki Tavern up there. Couple it with a nice menu and California could have another new yuppie den or hang out. How about Taco Time, then?

    Comment by Bill — 3:42 pm March 12, 2012 #

  41. Perhaps an additional nail or hair salon on California Avenue would be appropriate?

    Comment by Aman — 3:49 pm March 12, 2012 #

  42. Chow Foods could do a great, unique neighborhood diner with this place! http://www.chowfoods.com/

    Comment by Neighbor — 3:51 pm March 12, 2012 #

  43. DICKS!!!!!

    Comment by hmmm — 3:53 pm March 12, 2012 #

  44. Rocksport. West Seattle needs a true sports bar. Yes, there are some bars/restaurants that try to double as sports bars, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. Love to see the Rocksport go a bit more upscale as the current incarnation is sort of rundown. Anyone been to Rookies in Columbia City? That’s along the lines of what I’m thinking.

    Comment by villagegreen — 3:55 pm March 12, 2012 #

  45. TRA….oh….wait…

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 4:00 pm March 12, 2012 #

  46. No to Dicks, not a great traffic spot for eat and run. No to Rockspprt, same reason and more suited to density area. Be nice for a specialty restaurants like Cirque. Or good mexican restaurant.

    Comment by George — 4:20 pm March 12, 2012 #

  47. Something with an animatronic band would be nice in there.

    Comment by Sound Ad Group — 4:34 pm March 12, 2012 #

  48. Unreal man, dicks would be be awesome in there,, just unreal man, I do love dicks.

    Comment by BB — 4:35 pm March 12, 2012 #

  49. I vote for a Frost Doughnuts!
    .
    http://frostology.com/
    .
    Or better yet, a Doughnut Plant franchise:
    .
    http://www.doughnutplant.com/

    Comment by Christopher Boffoli — 4:42 pm March 12, 2012 #

  50. There isn’t a Starbucks within 2 blocks, so that would be appropriate, right? There are at least 8 or 9 blocks not being within quick access of the best espresso on the planet. ;-)

    Comment by LanceR — 4:55 pm March 12, 2012 #

  51. I have to agree that Rick’s would be a welcome addition

    Comment by westsiderobby — 5:07 pm March 12, 2012 #

  52. Oh, come on. It should be Trader Joe’s. The new one on Fauntleroy is too far away.

    Comment by PSPS — 5:19 pm March 12, 2012 #

  53. Loving this wishlist! My two cents: A McMenamins could be pretty great. PacNW local, tasty beer and their locations always reflect the character of the ‘hood.

    Comment by NikiS — 5:42 pm March 12, 2012 #

  54. People seem determined that any unhealthy, car dependent restaurant is the best use of land in West Seattle, and that’s sad. Our neighborhood can do better. It’s ugly. It’s run down. It’s blight. My advice to the land owner: Tear it down! Build something that will provide homes for several families and jobs at multiple businesses instead of just one awful car dependent restaurant.

    Comment by godofthebasement — 5:46 pm March 12, 2012 #

  55. I also want to see stripclub. That would be perfect spot for one.

    Comment by carlton — 5:47 pm March 12, 2012 #

  56. RED MILL, RED MILL – Yes! RED MILL! Or Gordito’s.., awesome HEALTHY Mexican, Huge servings-low price. I’ve often asked them to expand to SoEnd. As for sushi; AZUMA’S on California in the Junction is wonderful, very fresh tasting, and the only sushi place I go in West Seattle.
    Yah, no more hair/nail salons on California Ave. That must’ve been tongue-in-cheek humor!

    Comment by KD — 5:51 pm March 12, 2012 #

  57. I vote for a Bingo Hall!!! :)

    Comment by bebecat — 5:57 pm March 12, 2012 #

  58. Christopher…I love Frost’s but need for them to stay in Mill Creek..less tempted !

    Comment by JanS — 5:58 pm March 12, 2012 #

  59. Something retro. Maybe call it Penny’s dog house drive in.

    Comment by gina — 6:18 pm March 12, 2012 #

  60. The Neanderthal’s that want Rick’s and a “t”‘- bar can go slither right on down the hill to that new place next to Safeco Field. I’m SURE you already know where it is. Fortunately the old Charlestown is not zoned for that… I hope! Ahhh, so glad there are breath of fresh air people with altruistic ideas like the folks behind Martin’s Place/Way (?) in the Delridge Brandon node. Instead of jiggle bars, why not dream up a place that cares for animals/children/seniors? THAT I would patronize!

    Comment by KD — 6:25 pm March 12, 2012 #

  61. Sorry one of those got through, briefly. Discovered a naughty word that was NOT in our filter. It’s Martin’s Way, btw, and its proprietors are lovely.

    Comment by WSB — 6:29 pm March 12, 2012 #

  62. godofthebasement: I’m with you philosophically, especially on the aesthetics. But that location lies amidst some very densely populated neighborhoods. Not only is it totally walkable and bikeable but it is on a bus line too.

    Comment by Christopher Boffoli — 6:31 pm March 12, 2012 #

  63. I’d vote Redmill if not Zippy’s Admiral offering. Nice Chinese would be good rather than Lee’s which is good but too pan-Asian. Dim Sum on the weekends? Sweet. After all we are fantasizing right?

    Comment by JayDee — 6:35 pm March 12, 2012 #

  64. Froststop – Anyone been here long enough to remember the one in Rat City ?

    Comment by Jack Loblaw — 6:47 pm March 12, 2012 #

  65. How about an O’Reilly Auto parts (Schucks).

    Comment by pam — 7:06 pm March 12, 2012 #

  66. I would also like to Rocksport move there, instead of closing forever.
    The idea of a party store is a novel one. The Admiral Blockbuster would be a good location for a party store or an auto parts store like NAPA.

    Comment by Arty — 7:06 pm March 12, 2012 #

  67. How about expanding it a bit so that the displaced Hancock Fabrics could return to West Seattle? We already have plenty of restaurants.

    Comment by ILoveWestSeattle — 7:19 pm March 12, 2012 #

  68. Redmill!

    Comment by Tyler — 7:19 pm March 12, 2012 #

  69. What we need there is a combo nails -wash the dog – great restaurant.

    Comment by Dave — 7:32 pm March 12, 2012 #

  70. I want a Tuesday Morning in West Seattle!

    Comment by neighbor — 7:48 pm March 12, 2012 #

  71. How about Circa moving there?

    Comment by Robert — 7:53 pm March 12, 2012 #

  72. Not enough traffic at all for Dick’s…they need a MUCH busier thoroughfare to make it worth their while. Rocksport would be perfect IMHO.

    Comment by Alki Guy — 8:10 pm March 12, 2012 #

  73. I think somebody needs to open a brewery with family friendly restaurant.

    Comment by Mike — 8:13 pm March 12, 2012 #

  74. I’m with NikiS. McMenamins would be awsome and would add a cool vibe to the neighborhood. Plus they make a pretty mean Captain Neon Burger.

    Comment by 2 Much Whine — 8:39 pm March 12, 2012 #

  75. I vote for a place like Geraldines Counter in Columibia City….I thing they have the best breakfast in town!!

    Comment by JayJayB — 9:20 pm March 12, 2012 #

  76. Someone get ahold of Portage Bay Cafe! It would be a perfect fit.

    Comment by Jo — 10:04 pm March 12, 2012 #

  77. You know, I’m starting to warm up to this idea of a new nail salon. My nails could really using a filing/rasping. They could sell water pipes and diet pills as a side business.

    Comment by Wessider — 10:18 pm March 12, 2012 #

  78. How about another Paseo location? Cuban Pressed Sammys right here in our neck of the woods! Nom Nom Nom!

    Comment by Yossarian — 10:20 pm March 12, 2012 #

  79. No way to Dicks, same kind of burgers as the golden arches across the street. Red mill would be awesome, or a great Mexican or Chinese restaurant, or sushi, really anything but Dicks or Kid Valley type burger place!

    Comment by Dave — 10:27 pm March 12, 2012 #

  80. Yoss, have you tried Snout and Co. at 35th/Graham on Sundays? We are not food-truck denizens but somehow the Cuban-sandwich fan in the family fell in love with theirs and now we have to go get him one pretty much EVERY Sunday. Just a side note – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:41 pm March 12, 2012 #

  81. Dicks is not the same as McDonalds. Get over it people. Totally different philosophies running those places. Plus Dicks is local! You may not like them, but most people do.

    Kid Valley is a great local option too, thanks for reminding me! Lobby them here:

    http://kiddvalley.com/comments.htm

    or email them:

    webmail@keepclam.com

    Comment by Wessider — 11:09 pm March 12, 2012 #

  82. How about another vegetarian place? :)

    Comment by LyndaB — 11:26 pm March 12, 2012 #

  83. WSB- Thanks for the tip! Looks like I have a new stop on my Sunday routine, very excited!

    Comment by Yossarian — 11:34 pm March 12, 2012 #

  84. I couldn’t care less about a company’s philosophy if the food tastes horrible. Like someone said give red mill or lunchbox lab. a try and then you’ll agree that dicks and kid valley don’t taste that great. Anyway how about a diner or another brewpub again anything but dicks. If I wasnt so lazy I’d start an a petition against a dicks restaurant over here :-) !

    Comment by Dave — 12:38 am March 13, 2012 #

  85. Dick’s Drive-In would be ideal there. They definitely could use another place similar to the Queen Anne location – plenty of parking; easy access; moderate traffic on California Ave SW with above 10,000 vehicles/day on average; large amount of indoor seating space.

    However, should Dick’s not be interested, might make a good combination of TOP POT Donuts / Molly Moon’s Ice Cream?

    Comment by Ken — 2:35 am March 13, 2012 #

  86. Brazilian restaurant! I’m with yoss, paseo would be fabulous but something larger like ipanema maybe a little less expensive! Dying for some churrasco

    Comment by makaila — 3:41 am March 13, 2012 #

  87. You all are totally blowing my mind, unreal man, 2 trader joes in ws would be just unreal man.

    Comment by BB — 4:34 am March 13, 2012 #

  88. We ate at a great little family-run restaurant in Northgate called Patty’s EggNest and we sent this info to them. They’re a great family restaurant that has large portions for really reasonable prices. They get my vote! (http://pattyseggnestrestaurant.net/about/)

    Comment by Steve — 5:07 am March 13, 2012 #

  89. Nay on the Dicks. Nothing against Dicks I just haven’t been to one in probably 15 years (and I work really close to one) especially when you have a place like Zippy’s. Anyway, I hate to be boring, but I wouldn’t mind another diner in there…. you know breakfast all day, awesome omelettes, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers. I know that’s what Charlestown was and they went under but their quality went way down in later years. In the meantime I’ll keep frequenting Eats Market and Luna Park.

    Comment by WS Born & Bred — 6:50 am March 13, 2012 #

  90. Pattys eggnest is great. There used to be one in Wallingford. Excellent breakfast.

    Comment by Westseattleperson — 8:19 am March 13, 2012 #

  91. No one has even mentioned a SONIC!!

    Comment by T-Rex — 8:23 am March 13, 2012 #

  92. I’d vote for McMenamin’s over Dicks, but for the folks claiming Dick’s is like McDonalds – I’m surprised you can’t tell the difference between frozen and fresh never-frozen meat. According to this nationwide poll in Esquire, a lot of people can:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/dicks-drive-in-7210891

    Again, Dick’s isn’t my fav, but you saying nobody should like them isn’t going to make it happen.

    For the McMenamin’s voters out there, did they change the bleu cheese on the Captain Neon about 5 years ago? Used to be chunks, now it’s just dressing…

    Comment by MAS — 8:53 am March 13, 2012 #

  93. c’mon 3500 votes from a nation wide poll, any yahoo can get that many people to vote for anything online- how many times has red mill been voted best burger in seattle? Dicks is a lot more similar to mcdonalds than it is to red mill. i’ll second the mcmenamin’s though, that’d be great.

    Comment by dave — 9:48 am March 13, 2012 #

  94. If we want a GREAT Burger place… BNURGERMASTER!!!

    Comment by Stargater — 9:58 am March 13, 2012 #

  95. Whatever the result we will probably need more traffic “calming” on Charlestown (East of California). Contrary to popular belief it is NOT an arterial. For all you folks who live West of California who use Charlestown – at least have the courtesy to drive slowly when you use our neighborhood as I would rather not add any more circles or speed bumps. Thank you.

    Comment by watertowerjoey — 9:58 am March 13, 2012 #

  96. Dicks would be horrible.! All the trouble that comes around west Seattle already just for the nice sunny days on the beach, would be around a lot more often if we had a late night spot like dicks.. To me, it’s not worth it to have to deal with the knuckleheads..

    Comment by C — 10:39 am March 13, 2012 #

  97. Dave – Good point. If Red Mill can get voted best burger in Seattle, just about any polling along those lines is suspect. As you say – any yahoo can rig that.

    Comment by MAS — 10:44 am March 13, 2012 #

  98. If I was a betting man I would wager a sum of money that Starbucks will be taking that spot. If I lived anywhere but Seattle I would never even suggest such a thing, but we all know that there is a Starbucks every half mile in this city, and Charleston will fill a very obvious void between Admiral and the Morgan Junction.

    Comment by Chris — 12:34 pm March 13, 2012 #

  99. In-N-Out Burgers . . . it’s about time they opened one up here!

    Comment by Dave — 12:48 pm March 13, 2012 #

  100. Yes! In n out! That would be ideal…although not likely. How about 5 guys burgers and fries? I’m not a fan of zippys burgers or dicks.

    Comment by lisa — 1:47 pm March 13, 2012 #

  101. whatever they do, I hope they make it more accessible to people with disabilities, esp from the street. liked the food, but quit going there because I had to park on a pretty steep hill and get out right in the stream of cooking grease and liquifiable garbage on its way to the drain … only to find some a-hat in a Ford F-150 with a front-mounted tire who pulled in so far there was a foot of sidewal left.
    and, no, the city doesn’t give a crap anymore.
    wait, is that a dead horse I hear whinnying?

    Comment by metrognome — 2:34 pm March 13, 2012 #

  102. we have enough chokeandpukes in seattle what we need is a place you can go and get a wellrounded good meal without the greasy as usual food that the driveins put out.

    Comment by bob — 6:06 pm March 13, 2012 #

  103. Wow. Everyone seems to want a burger place they can drive to. Unhealthy eating + sedentary lifestyle = anyone else wondering why the United States has an obesity problem?

    Comment by Peter on Fauntleroy — 6:34 pm March 13, 2012 #

  104. Why can’t it just be another Diner type of establishment? It could be something not too gross and cheap, like Dick’s, and also not too upscale. Just a regular old diner with prices that fall within the middle price range.

    As far as Starbucks, there are the Starbucks locations inside the QFC and Safeway. Plus, the Drive-thru Starbucks, which also has a walk-up window. All of these are in the Junction area. You do not, God forbid, have to go all the way down to the Morgan junction area to go to Starbucks if you are really dying for their drinks. But, seriously, the way Admiral people act like having to travel anywhere “south” of them is soo awful..Wow, that is just so snobby it’s ridiculous.

    Comment by Tracey — 6:51 pm March 13, 2012 #

  105. Red Robin, Billy McHales, TGI Fridays.

    Comment by JSmith — 8:01 pm March 13, 2012 #

  106. How about selling it to Seattle Public Schools to serve as a neighborhood school?

    Just kidding, of course, I only ever see this many comments on an article about WS Schools….

    Comment by N.A. Neighbor — 8:13 pm March 13, 2012 #

  107. Diner-type would be nice. I too think of Portage Bay Cafe, Geraldine’s, or the Blue Star. They all manage to serve healthier choices for those on budgets. To those who lament the automobile dependant folks, have a little grace. I live with someone with mobility challenges, and there are many wonderful places in West Seattle that we don’t get to enjoy due to parking and accessibility issues.

    Comment by Admiral Girl — 9:55 pm March 13, 2012 #

  108. We need a vegan restaurant that only serves people who arrive on bicycles.

    Or! How about an Orange Julius?

    West Seattle could really use a good gun and liquor drive through.

    Comment by Wessider — 10:50 pm March 13, 2012 #

  109. Wow! Someone has a real chip on their shoulder about people living in Admiral. Sorry to hear that. I do in fact live in Admiral and frequent businesses in that area, as well as the Alaska junction, Morgan junction, Alki, White Center and Burien. By the way, it’s not about people living in Admiral having a problem with traveling south. It’s about the fact that people in Seattle love their Starbucks, and the Charlestown location would provide convenient access for folks in that area. This is the same concept of making it convenient for people that shop at QFC and Safeway to have access to a Starbucks. It’s a good business model that has proven that it works, and I believe the Charlestown lot could support another Starbucks. So please chill on the Admiral bashing. It’s so unnecessary. Peace out!

    Comment by Chris — 9:21 am March 14, 2012 #

  110. I think we need a good Korean joint with Bi Bim Bop. Or Caribbean/Jamaican. Something new would be best, and a food not yet represented in West Seattle.

    Comment by highland park resident — 10:19 am March 14, 2012 #

  111. Great idea “highland park resident”- something new would be awesome!

    Comment by dave — 11:52 am March 14, 2012 #

  112. Wow, Jamaican/Carib would be wonderful. I would be very happy to see authentic jerk chicken in WS, but it is doubtful…nobody seems to have the patience or perhaps the space to smoke it as they do in Montego Bay.

    How about fusing an affordable, creative vegetarian place ala Cafe Flora WITH an updated salad bar?

    Comment by westseattledood — 3:22 pm March 14, 2012 #

  113. Whatever this place becomes, I hope they clean up the building. We can see this place and it is a dump! Please, please, please be good tenants to the surrounding neighborhood…we will support you if so!

    Comment by Michelle — 4:58 pm March 14, 2012 #

  114. What about a Top Pot!

    Comment by S — 5:08 pm March 14, 2012 #

  115. I vote for a Brazilian vegetarian steak house! Hmmmm, serving water and macaroni salad perhaps? With live monkeys in a cage! It’s a prefect fit for West Seattle. I know, not helpful or constructive (and not even very funny) but DBP isn’t the only one that can post after a nice scotch or two and I already suggested McMenamins in a previos post.

    Comment by 2 Much Whine — 6:15 pm March 14, 2012 #

  116. Agree w/ Dave. In-n-Out! It beat’s all the burger joints, local and not so local. Dbl Dbl Cheese w/ sauteed onions. OMG

    Comment by UW bound — 9:49 pm March 14, 2012 #

  117. Just a good all around american cafe! That serves Breakfast, Lunch, dinner. (with a good pecan waffle and good hamburgers!)

    Comment by ME — 7:52 am March 15, 2012 #

  118. Another burger joint? Are you all insane? How many burger places do we need in 2 miles? Jack in the Box, McDonalds, Johnny Bostons, Elliot Bay, Easy Street, Rocksport, to name a few. How about something a little nicer and healthier? And please no chain resturants. Its a neighborhood, not a mall.

    Comment by WSCitizen — 7:11 pm March 15, 2012 #

  119. How about a Chihuly Garden and Glass West Seattle Annex?

    Comment by WebDude — 11:24 am March 17, 2012 #

  120. If only it was up to us…..
    My vote goes to a 24 hour hot spot with great, healthy food. Seniors can have breakfast, families can have lunch, singles can have dinner dates, late nighters can dry up, there’s a variety of food-big dishes and small-to satisfy all tastes. Someplace like Endolyne Joe’s/Coastal Kitchen that has a base menu and once a month they change their special menu to food from a different region or country. And room to hang out in comfy overstuffed chairs, sort of like Beverige Place with better lighting.

    Comment by Kayla — 12:26 am March 20, 2012 #

  121. PLEASE bring back the family/kids/seniors/young folks cafe that was the hallmark of the Charlestown Cafe. We need a place to meet and visit, with good old healthy American food. We have too many ethnic food cafes, greasy drive-in foods and alcohol places so we desperately need the neighborhood cafe for breakfast in comfort, lunch, and dinner with the whole family.

    Comment by Dorothy — 12:15 pm March 23, 2012 #

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