Short-lived Delridge coffee-shop site retooling as restaurant

We get e-mails now and then asking what’s going on with the Pacino’s Coffee location at 5605 Delridge, which abruptly closed not long after opening. Just happened onto city permit filings indicating the building is being re-equipped as a restaurant – the filing lists Olympia Pizza and Pasta as the name.

18 Replies to "Short-lived Delridge coffee-shop site retooling as restaurant"

  • paige March 13, 2008 (11:59 am)

    weird!!! thats a horrible location!!! talk about needing security alarms!!!

  • Agen March 13, 2008 (12:51 pm)

    Totally agree – this seems to seriously flout the “location, location, location” maxim of the restaurant business. That said, and speaking as a neighbor from a few blocks away, I am intrigued by the possibility of a food establishment so close to home.

    Also, as one who partakes of the black gold that is espresso, I am a little sad that Pacino’s didn’t make it. The couple of times I stopped by (when they were actually open during their “trial run”), they were friendly and courteous and had some pretty good brew. But I’ve since become a regular at Bubbles, so their delayed opening probably wouldn’t have gotten me to budge.

  • Benski March 13, 2008 (12:55 pm)

    Geez. Settle down on the location already. Delridge could use more businesses just like this one. It’ll be a excellent addition to the area. Not everyone lives in West Seattle proper you know.

  • Megan March 13, 2008 (12:58 pm)

    If this is the same business as the one of Roosevelt and 64th, I can’t wait. Killer pizza, great breakfasts, Greeks running the place.

    Yum, I’m drooling already!

  • cleat March 13, 2008 (1:00 pm)

    Suppose it’s the same Olympia Pizza as at the top of Queen Anne? That would be a boon to the area .. great pizza …. though I can’t quite imagine them not researching the area for a more “gentle” area…. … …

  • Peter March 13, 2008 (1:05 pm)

    Disgusting, ethically and aesthetically…er, I mean morally delicious! That place is B-O-M-B.

  • CMP March 13, 2008 (2:00 pm)

    Is Olympia Pizza the place that took over where Pete’s was at on Queen Anne and Roosevelt? I loved going there and was sad to see Pete’s close on Roosevelt awhile back. I ended up eating at its replacement (possibly Olympia?) and was not won over by it. Might have to give it another try if it’s getting so many favorable reviews here though.

  • Indaknow March 13, 2008 (3:35 pm)

    If they are still around next fall they will probably get some business from the Chief Sealth students when they are at the Boren site; especially if they sell by the slice.

  • Bikefor1 March 13, 2008 (5:06 pm)

    I wonder if it will attract the wrong element?

    Anyone remember the Teriyaki place on the southeast corner of Morgan & 35th? It had great food but attracted some sketchy customers, due to the location. I felt bad for the owners who seemed like decent hard-working people. One day the glass in their door broke. Later it closed.

    The West Seattle Food Bank and Community Resource Center is now on that corner.

  • Meegan March 13, 2008 (7:09 pm)

    Jeesh guys, Delridge is not nearly as scary and unhospitable as some of you are making it out to be. I think it’s a great plan to open a place in that area, since there’s essentially no competition near by. What I’m really hoping is that someone will decide to open in that stretch of Delridge some kind of smaller grocery store, like a Markettime.

    And the more businesses that open around there the less sketchy the area will be. We have a beautiful library that’s right there and I’ve never been uncomfortable being around it.

  • Paul March 13, 2008 (8:15 pm)

    Yes to Meegan, the more businesses that open and take pride in their community the better a community becomes. Remember eveyone, try your small local owner before you go to corporate giant, not that I don’t mind a corporate giant, I love to frequent the many wonderful businesses we have here in our little land. I will DEFINATELY be in, and I will not even mind going out of my way to their place.

  • feelsorryfortheowner March 13, 2008 (8:56 pm)

    o-k, honestly people!! our extended family lives in the apartments by that library and we know what goes down on delridge, yes people are trying to make it an “up and coming neighborhood” but it is a l-o-n-g way from that!! I would not risk a business there seeing as there are still crack-heads and drug deals going on in broad daylight at the gas stations down there! my grandma saw the owner of the shell get robbed at knife-point a few months back by a guy who wanted to pay for beer and cigs with his food stamp card.

  • WSB March 13, 2008 (8:59 pm)

    From our police report reviews, yes, there’s lots of crime in Delridge, but no area of West Seattle is immune to it (nor anywhere else, really – not to say it’s an epidemic, just that it happens). Robberies have happened in businesses from Admiral to Fauntleroy, Highland Park to Alki, and beyond. Drug dealers turn up everywhere (we don’t even write up all the incidents we see reports for, it would take us all day, but the police are out there everywhere making busts). Just a data point.

  • Paul March 13, 2008 (9:30 pm)

    Agreed, it happens all over the place, even in the nicest of areas. There was a story on NPR yesterday about crime and the people pulling off the jobs and how they are targeting new areas. I didn’t get a chance to hear it, but it did sound rather interesting.
    Also, some one/businesses do need to move in to start getting the area to turn around. I sure hope that this new business can be successful, and like I said earlier, I will happily drive out of my way to go to a local place if they have a good pizza!

  • CMP March 14, 2008 (8:37 am)

    Sorry, I don’t think the addition of a new business is going to “turn the area around”. Where will this riff-raff go if they keep getting pushed out of their neighborhoods for new development? They have to go somewhere and they’d probably just rather stay where they’re at on Delridge…except when they’re in other parts of WS trying to break into our homes. It’s disappointing to read about so many burglaries happening in our neighborhoods. I wish they’d recognize that getting a real job is more rewarding than ripping off people that actually work hard for their possessions.

  • Ken March 14, 2008 (9:44 am)

    Delridge in the area Pacinos is in can be turned around. It may never be perfect, but many of us who live nearby or drive by it on the way home should try to help them succeed. There are no restaurants with reasonable prices and parking between subway and White Center.

    If you look at crime stats for West Seattle from the last census, the Highpoint / Delridge area was actually far lower than the rest of the census tracts.

    I plan to stop in regularly though I am not much on eating out. As a pastry chef in a former life, I don’t find much of the local fare any better than I can do at home since I buy from the same places most restaurants do, but I haven’t got around to building a coal fired pizza oven in the backyard yet. (But I have the plans :)

    If they can do a real Philly cheese steak they can become a destination. (whiz not provolone)


  • pete March 19, 2008 (11:10 am)

    Before Bubbles moved in up the street everyone was saying the same thing about the abandoned building they moved into, but that area has completely turned around with the higher foot traffic that Bubbles created it is no longer a desirable place to commit a crime. Hopefully Olypia Pizza can do the same for that area. I have been a fan of Bubbles from the first day they openned. Love everything about the place from the cozy atmosphere, to the owners who grew up in the area, to everyting they serve. (Also found out they will be serving nonfat yogurt much like the Red Mango, Pink Berry, and the Fiora franchises that is now a phenomena in California). Anyways back to the subject. I would definitly be a regular at the Olypia Pizza if they serve good pizza. It’s funny to me how people who don’t even live in the area will comment on the area in a negative way. I know if I were a criminal I wouldn’t be robbing the bank in my neighborhood or break into the house I live next to. I would go up the hill where they don’t know my face and the goods are more desirable.

  • Nick April 2, 2008 (11:49 pm)

    As the owner of Olympia Pizza, I would like to say that we are extremely excited to be moving into the West Seattle area. We will do our best to deliver the best pizza in town! We hope to see you soon and can’t wait to meet every one of you. Look for our fliers in your mail box in the next month for some great deals on delicious food. :)

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