West Seattle restaurants: Café Revo closes

The Luna Park Italian restaurant Café Revo has closed, according to an announcement just received via e-mail:

Anyone who has enjoyed dining at West Seattle’s Café Revò will be saddened to hear that the Italian restaurant, with its tradition of “Mangia, bevi & godi” has been forced to close its doors. Despite the untimely death of Chef Chano a year ago (just months after they opened their doors), his wife Sofia Goff and a talented staff did their best to keep this unique restaurant going. But in the current, difficult economy, this proved to be impossible, and months of searching for a buyer were unsuccessful. Sofia and her family feel that the employees of Café Revo are like family and have kept the restaurant open longer than they could afford to do, out of the employees’ best interest. Sofia hopes that her wonderful employees will find work quickly and she gives them all her support with the best regards.

The announcement is from a group called “Friends of Sofia Goff,” which also says Sofia and her two children are now in “a desperate financial situation,” so they have set up a fund to help. You can donate at any US Bank branch, making a check to the Friends of Sofia Goff Fund. The group makes it clear these donations are not tax-deductible, “but will certainly go to a good cause,” and notes that Sofia and Café Revo have been very active in volunteering and donating to the community, through local schools as well as nonprofit organizations. You also can send cards and donations to her at 4742 42nd SW, #363, Seattle 98116. Her husband Sean “Chano” Goff died in September 2009, just 43 years old; the restaurant had opened the preceding February.

44 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Café Revo closes"

  • Bob Loblaw October 12, 2010 (2:23 pm)

    Very sad. Best wishes to all the staff and to Sofia and family. The Loblaws young and old will miss one of our favorite after-work stops.

  • Al October 12, 2010 (2:25 pm)

    A shame. I have driven past here tons of times and I only recently realized this was actually a restaurant. I was going to give it a try soon, but now I missed my chance! :(

  • Doug October 12, 2010 (2:39 pm)

    Sorry to hear that Revo is closing. My whole family had dinner there on Christmas Eve last year. It was a gorgeous meal! Lots of other meals there also over the last few years. I feel sick inside for Sofia and wish I had jobs for her and her staff!

  • JanS October 12, 2010 (2:49 pm)

    what a sad, sad shame !

  • Ellenater October 12, 2010 (2:51 pm)

    So sad. I’d been wondering how Cafe Revolution was doing. Our knitting group met there a few times and had great food and service, both. My heart goes out to Sofia and family…

  • Alki Observer October 12, 2010 (2:55 pm)

    Sad, sad news, but thank you for posting info about how we can help. What a wonderful treat Cafe Revo was to visit. Sean’s vision was something. Delicious food. Comfortable place. Sophia and her family have been through such tough times while showing incredible strength and grace. I wish them well and hope much brighter days are on the horizon for them.

  • JumboJim October 12, 2010 (2:56 pm)

    Good luck to Sofia and all the staff!

  • WSHS Community member October 12, 2010 (3:01 pm)

    I’s saddened for Sofia, her children and the employees. We had a family gathering there last Christmas and everyone raved about the food. We’ve gone there two times since however and the service was spotty; the food not nearly up to the same standard and I contacted Sofia hoping that they could turn things around. Hope to make a donation and wish them all well.

  • coffee October 12, 2010 (3:09 pm)

    From one very struggling small business to another, I completely feel your pain, and am sorry. Its very hard to realize and then close a business. I cannot say it enough, we HAVE to stop shopping at the big boxes and eating at the big chains and support our small businesses.

  • MAX VEKICH October 12, 2010 (3:11 pm)

    REVO was my favorite West Seattle spot, which says so much about Cafe Revo since there are so many great WS restaurants. Every visit felt better. Each meal tastier. Sofia and her staff made her customers feel like family.
    Thank you for the memories- and thanx WSB on how we can show our appreciation.

  • charlabob October 12, 2010 (3:21 pm)

    We love Cafe Revo and we’re so sorry to see it go. We haven’t been there as often this year as we were during their first year, ONLY because the economy means we aren’t eating out as much. In fact last week, we reminded ourselves it was time to go again. Best to Sofia and her family!

    Charla and Bob

  • berge October 12, 2010 (3:41 pm)

    Wow, I had no idea that their restaurant started out with such tragic beginnings. Delicious food and fantastic service – I hope the family and employees find new opportunities to share their talent.

  • Joan Barker October 12, 2010 (3:55 pm)

    Café Revò will be sadly missed by those of us looking for authentic dishes from the Trentino province of Italy. As far as I know, there are no other restaurants in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area which serve such delicacies as canederli and polenta con tonco. We will also miss the traditional Trentino hospitality which was the ambiance of Café Revò.

    Thank you Sofia and family — and Chef Chano — for sharing your dream with us for a while.

  • christopherboffoli October 12, 2010 (4:02 pm)

    Sofia Zadra Goff was among the nicest people I have interviewed for the WSB, which is saying a lot when you consider all of the cool people have had the privilege to speak with over the past few years. She and Sean were so proud of their family’s deep roots in West Seattle and of their strong connection to the relatives and cuisine of Revò, Italy which informed their menu. That Sean died at such a young age, and so soon after realizing a decades-old dream of opening a restaurant, only deepens my sadness at seeing this restaurant close.
    It is commendable that Sofia was able to keep the restaurant open for more than a year after such a huge personal loss, especially in this economy, when you consider the slim odds of having a profitable, independently-owned restaurant. Some of the most acclaimed chefs in the world, like Thomas Keller and Gordon Ramsay, have had to close their doors when the alchemy of running a successful restaurant hasn’t worked out for them. And they have Michelin stars! Sofia is in very good company.
    I certainly think that achieving your dream, even temporarily, is far better than never having the courage to give it a try. I wish Sofia and her family the very best in whatever comes next.

  • "Secretary Obermarck" October 12, 2010 (4:11 pm)

    Sad to learn of another great West Seattle restaurant having to close its doors.

    Its not often a restaurant opens up, and as Mrs. Joan Barker mentions, serves such authentic dishes.

    Sofia, you and Sean dreamed a dream that you had hoped would never die and I pray you find another one to fulfill.

  • K October 12, 2010 (4:26 pm)

    So sorry to hear this. Sofia, and family I wish you all the best. The Cafe Revo family will be missed. We too have been guilty of not visiting lately. Now wishing that we had.

  • D October 12, 2010 (4:31 pm)

    Cafe Revo brought much joy to our family, and we loved every one of the many meals we shared there. Thank you for the delicious food. I hope these hard times will be brief, and I hope the dreams you accomplished and the joy you brought to many will last forever.

  • EmmyJane October 12, 2010 (4:40 pm)

    Sofia and family- I’m so sorry to hear things have ended and the hard times facing you. We are a community and I hope if you do not receive enough help this time, you feel safe enough to reach out to us again. We all need to take care of each other.

  • Manolita October 12, 2010 (4:52 pm)

    Dear Sofia,
    I am sorry you are going through this and hope soon things look better for you and your family

  • TammyW October 12, 2010 (5:10 pm)

    Sophia and family, Our family will miss your wonderful restaurant. I’m sure closing Cafe Revo was an extremely painful decision to make. Cafe Revo will be missed and our hearts are with you.

  • sillygoose October 12, 2010 (5:25 pm)

    Oh this is so heart breaking we just had dinner there on Saturday night and it was delicious and a beautiful presentation with the most wonderful wait staff even when there was a kid screaming the whole time (not ours) they were smiling and very patient.
    Our heart goes out to you Sophia and we have often wondered how you were holding up. We will hold you in our hearts forever and cherish the healthy and delicious meals you nourished us with. Blessings to you and your family. Chio XX

  • Rod October 12, 2010 (5:25 pm)

    Revo was really one of my favorite WS restaurants…very sorry to hear of Sofia’s difficulties and will miss the dumpling soup immeasurably when the cold weather comes ’round again. Best of luck, Sofia.

  • Meghan October 12, 2010 (5:39 pm)

    I’m sorry to see them close, but not all that surprised. When they first opened, I had several really good meals there. But over the last year+, I really feel it went downhill. I had 2 really bad experiences in a row and just gave up on the place about 8 months ago. It just seemed like mediocre was OK. Too bad.

  • onceachef October 12, 2010 (5:44 pm)

    I just said to my wife yesterday as we passed by yesterday, “I wonder how they’re doing?”…sad to hear…terrible economy and bad personal circumstances for them….it’s a tough biz!

  • sam October 12, 2010 (5:44 pm)

    so sorry to hear this.
    our most recent visit was with a larger group during happy hour and everything was great. had wanted to return again soon for more.
    best wishes to Sofia and her family as they work through this.

  • Dan Zadra October 12, 2010 (5:48 pm)

    It took such courage for Chano, Sofia and their children to open Cafe Revo in this economy. Through it all they never dreamed of riches, they dreamed only of sharing their beloved family recipes and traditions—and of creating something wonderful for the people of West Seattle. To Sofia and your loyal staff, thank you for many memorable dinners and celebrations with family and friends. We are all very proud of you.

  • Alki Resident October 12, 2010 (7:05 pm)


  • Schmoopie October 12, 2010 (7:53 pm)

    We enjoyed happy hours at Cafe Revo. We will miss you! Best wishes to your family.

  • fiz October 12, 2010 (8:41 pm)

    We chose to celebrate our 45th anniversary there last year. We stopped in for lunch during long walks. And we dropped in for lunch when we had business clients from out of WS. Every visit was so enjoyable and led to another. This is so sad.
    Blessings to Sofia and her family. Hopefully we will share their hospitality again some day.

  • EyeLiveInWestSeattle October 12, 2010 (8:55 pm)

    We already had a great memory of our first meal shortly after Revo opened, and I am glad our last time was just last week. This place will be missed.

  • Melinda October 12, 2010 (8:57 pm)

    So terribly sorry to learn this news. We were so thrilled that we could walk to a neighborhood northern Italian restaurant – Revo is due east from the village of my ancestors. We’d peek into the windows as Sean was preparing the building and on one occasion he invited us in for a tour, proudly showing us his woodworking skills. What a labor of love!
    We will miss eating your wonderfully authentic food and enjoying your company.
    We love you and wish you all the best!

  • Cat October 12, 2010 (9:18 pm)

    This is too bad. I loved their food and really liked it was a family establishment. West Seattle really needs a good Italian place. I can understand how it must be difficult in this economy. Many people, regardless of their profession have suffered the last 3 years. It has been hard on us all. Worst in our lifetime.

  • steve October 13, 2010 (6:32 am)

    Sorry to hear about the closing of Revo. We drove by yesterday and noticed the sign on the door but were hoping for the best. We will miss Revo, the good food, and the great staff.

  • RJB October 13, 2010 (6:44 am)

    Best of luck to all….so sad.

  • ray west October 13, 2010 (6:57 am)

    I am very sorry to hear this. I’ve eaten at Cafe Revo several times, and the food was quite good. This makes at least the third time a good West Seattle restaurant has been struck down by the death of the chef and/or owner. First Ovio, then Phoenecia, now Revo. Phoenecia was able to struggle back, but these types of tragedies are a huge blow to overcome, particularly in this case where Revo had only just opened, and amidst a bad economy.

    I wish the Goff family well, and hope they are able to overcome the financial hardships.

  • April October 13, 2010 (9:41 am)

    Our family is so sad to see Cafe Revo go as we so love all Sean, Sofia and her family put into this place. When dealt the devastating blow of Sean’s early death, Sofia’s family – Bruce, Maria, Rolan, Alexia and several more – have surrounded Sofia and her children with love and tireless support. We see why Sofia wanted to share her sense of family with us in West Seattle. They are inspiring. To remember their legacy and our favorite dishes, I suggested to Sofia that she publish and sell Cafe Revo recipes in a cookbook. Watch for this. They’ve given a lot to our community, now they need our financial support. Love to the whole family and staff of Cafe Revo!

  • tk October 13, 2010 (10:14 am)

    Man! That place was sooooo Good!

  • tk October 13, 2010 (10:23 am)

    I just wanted to add. The reason I didn’t go very often was the seating was very uncomfy. I noticed the new wing dome looks uncomfy. Also… The Bohemian uncomfy. What is the deal with this trend? Angelinas at least has the booths although I’d like to see some upholster bench cushions. Hard seating really keeps me from frequenting many of these great places.

  • sassy October 13, 2010 (10:50 am)

    I completely agree with what Christopher said. Sofia is a lovely women, and I wish nothing but the best for her family, and restaurant family as well.

  • LS October 13, 2010 (1:46 pm)

    We are SO sorry to see Cafe Revo closing! We have been there at least 1/2 dozen times since they’ve opened and each time was just as rewarding as the first. It was so refreshing to go to a real ‘family’ style Italian Restaunt, after having only Angelina’s to go to in W.Seattle.

    Sophia and her business will be greatly missed :(

  • Joan Barker October 13, 2010 (3:29 pm)

    To tk: My husband has a problem sitting on hard surfaces as well. We carry a cushion in the trunk of the car for times when upholstered seating is unavailable. Many restaurants have cushions on hand for those who need them — Café Revò was one of those. Ask and you shall receive. Don’t miss out on a good time or good food when there is a remedy!

  • Cheryl October 13, 2010 (7:13 pm)

    Oh damn. What a shame! Such delicious food, great bar, and a lovely/inviting space! They will really be missed by those who visited frequently, as well as those of us who should have visited more often.
    I’m wishing Sophia, her family, and all the staff the very best in their future endeavors!

  • Rhonda Porter October 17, 2010 (4:33 pm)

    I just recommended Cafe Revo to my sister in law for dinner–I missed this post and we just had dinner there last Friday to celebrate my step-daughters’ first weekend home from college.

  • Mindy October 28, 2010 (8:50 am)

    I’m so sorry to hear about this, Sophia. I’ve actually thought about you and your family often. Since I’m not living in West Seattle or working with Maria right now, I wondered how things were going. You and your kiddos are in my prayers.

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