16th/Holden update: JoJo’s closed, Zippy’s exploring options

A few more updates this morning from the in-foreclosure commercial building at 16th/Holden: One day after confirming she would close once her current inventory ran out, which she thought might be early next week, JoJo’s Fine Espresso owner Jodi Robbins has closed the stand. This morning, reader Erik had sent a photo of a “pay rent or vacate” note he saw on the stand this morning; WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz says it’s gone now. Robbins confirmed the back-rent notice in a note to us and also just added a comment to our story from yesterday, noting the closure, saying she’s “being forced to shut the doors,” and concluding with well-wishes for Zippy’s Giant Burgers – now the last business open at what until one week ago was a three-business spot.

Deanie, meantime, has spoken again with Zippy’s owners, who say they are continuing to explore the possibility of financing to purchase the site. Yesterday, Deanie reports, reps from UniBank* including an assistant vice president, Alex Ko, were at the now-shuttered SeaMart – whose owners had also owned the building pre-foreclosure – and they put up this note on the store’s door:

The bank told Deanie they’ve already had bidders and that the building was appraised for $825,000 this fall.

*FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATE: We have corrected the name of the bank in the story – it’s UniBank, not Union.

8 Replies to "16th/Holden update: JoJo's closed, Zippy's exploring options"

  • beth December 31, 2010 (1:14 pm)

    While I realize this isn’t the same neighborhood at all, I noticed this morning that the Herban Feast location on California near Admiral is now empty. They’ve completely moved down to SODO. There are many eateries located in the area, but nothing like Zippys. Perfect take out on the way to the beach! :)

  • Beth December 31, 2010 (2:54 pm)

    No!! Please don’t close our Zippy’s for even one day! Will the boys pitch a tent and BBQ during and down time? :)

  • cj December 31, 2010 (7:57 pm)

    When we first found Zippies a while back we told some one there that they would make better money in more northern parts of West Seattle. This might be fate giving them a nudge ;)

  • Chicaboo December 31, 2010 (10:13 pm)

    Oh no! Zippy’s can’t close. I don’t think anyone I kno would like that idea…or the workers for that matter. They are such a great place, there’s not many like them around anymore. I think it’s nice to walk aroun wearing their t-shirt and have strangers coming up to me all excited talking about their burgers. Lines and seating have been an issue and I have thought it would be awesome if the were able to have the whole building to themselves. Especially the parking…seamart would actually tow you…saw them do it. Don’t leave us zippy’s, I’ll still park two blocks away for a yummy meal :)

  • Cclarue January 1, 2011 (10:34 pm)

    Don’t leave us Zippys!! Northern west Seattle has many other burger options if you leave hp we will have none!!!;(

  • 4thGenWestSide January 2, 2011 (8:14 pm)

    $825K? Ha! Maybe if it was in the middle of the Alaska Junction. With $200K of gold coins included! I’d like to see that appraisal!

  • Leah January 3, 2011 (10:53 am)

    Please, please don’t leave us!! If you can’t work it out to purchase the site, maybe you could think about finding a lease somewhere in downtown White Center, near Proletariat and Full Tilt?? Don’t go far! We love you.

  • Julia January 4, 2011 (4:45 pm)

    What Cclarue said. Zippy’s, please don’t leave the area! You guys are one of the few places serving decent food in the less-appreciated “south” end of West Seattle.

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