Update: Beato closing November 14th

beatol2.jpgThanks to “Mrs. L” for the tip – Leslie Kelly reports that Beato is closing as of November 14th. Nobody’s picking up the phone at Beato right now, but we’ll be working to see what more we can find out. This would be the second major West Seattle eatery shutdown in less than two months, after Blackbird Bistro (which is now listed for sale). 4:58 PM UPDATE: Went by to try to confirm in person. Proprietor Brandon Gillespie isn’t expected in tonight, but a staffer confirms to WSB that November 14th was just set today as Beato’s final day. 5:23 PM UPDATE: We e-mailed Gillespie too and he replied quickly, saying he’ll have the official news release out tomorrow, adding: “We have a couple promotions and other things so we can go out in a good way.” We’ll share that information tomorrow as soon as it’s available.

9 Replies to "Update: Beato closing November 14th"

  • cjboffoli November 5, 2008 (5:03 pm)

    Interesting. When we popped into Ama Ama for dinner last night, after not having been in a while, I asked the man who seated us how business had been. He told me they had been hit fairly hard by the downturn in the economy and that the four owners were very concerned. He told me they brought in a new chef who is “trying new things.” If last night’s entrees were any indication, they should go back to old things as we liked the food much better before.

  • JenV November 5, 2008 (5:54 pm)

    bummer on Beato…never got the chance to try it.

  • VEnkat November 5, 2008 (6:31 pm)

    What a bummer! I thought it was a great place – as did others in my household. I’m pretty disappointed, it was fairly unique.

  • swthistle November 5, 2008 (6:55 pm)

    Not too surprised about Beato. We went 5-6 times over the past 2 years and never were able to connect with them, and we enjoy our wine and are foodies.

    We also were at Ama Ama last week. We have enjoyed the restuarant very much since they opened. The food was almost always very good. I had been looking forward to a change in the menu also, since their offerings are limited, which I understand. But to our dismay they elimanated our favorite clam dish. We enjoyed this appitizer as a communal dish, sharing the clams, broth and bread it sparked nice conversation before the meal. We tried the new mussels…pan roasted.. didn’t really enjoy it. Just not the same.

    That said I really hope they can make it through the tough times. Its a nice location, comfortable and just hip enough that you don’t feel your at a family rest in the junction.

  • sad patron November 5, 2008 (9:18 pm)

    We’ll miss Beato greatly, we’ve become friends with the staff (managers, servers, and kitchen), and have always enjoyed the food, the wine and beer, and the service. They have been very nice to us, and occasionally we’d be a test audience for new recipes. We wish the best to everyone there, and look forward wistfully to a couple more meals before the closing date.

  • P November 5, 2008 (9:51 pm)

    From one West Seattle business to another, I am sorry to see you leave.

  • BB November 6, 2008 (8:14 am)

    Bummer…. I wish there could be a do-over and it could be Ovio again

  • margaritaville November 6, 2008 (10:04 am)

    Ditto BB thoughts. We dined at Beato at least once a week for the first year or so. The food and wine were nice and location was walking distance from home. Service level and attitude of certain staff members was unacceptable. We moved on.

  • rbj November 6, 2008 (11:17 am)

    3 bucks a coke and a 25 dollar corkage fee?

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