West Seattle restaurants: Zatz A Better Bagel closing

ORIGINAL REPORT, FRIDAY MORNING: Thanks to everyone who called and messaged this morning with word that Zatz A Better Bagel in The Admiral District has announced it’s closing its doors after Sunday. We went to the shop to confirm this, and also have spoken with its proprietor. Zatz has been listed for sale for a while, but no buyer has come forward, owner Don Nolan told WSB by phone. He says they’re closing because the business has been “in Chapter 11.” He’s owned the shop for 9 years, and it had been open for a decade before he took it over. Zatz’s closure will leave four restaurant/bar spaces shuttered within one Admiral block, following the Benbow (ex-Heartland Café) in March, The Cask last fall, and Royal India Grill in May 2014.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: We went by late this afternoon in hopes of catching the final bagel buyers, but by 4 pm (an hour earlier than posted), Zatz was already closed, empty racks visible through the window. Here’s the sign on the door:

We heard from several readers who said Saturday was busy too; Christine sent us a note Saturday morning pointing out the crowd and saying that, as a regular, she was shocked to hear about the imminent closure: “We’re here this morning having our last Scrambagel and thanking the great staff for all the years of wonderful memories and.delicious bagels!”

102 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Zatz A Better Bagel closing"

  • wsgal June 12, 2015 (11:25 am)

    What a bummer, so sad to see this great bagel shop go.

  • AM June 12, 2015 (11:25 am)

    Nooooooooo……………………. :( I was just bragging about how we have awesome bagels in west seattle. This makes me so sad.

  • Curtis June 12, 2015 (11:28 am)

    ZAT’S not good news at all 😡

  • Jen June 12, 2015 (11:32 am)

    Sad news. I have fond memories of walking to eat lunch there during my years at WSHS.

  • Dang it. Another Condo. June 12, 2015 (11:42 am)

    You know what this means: another developer, another budget apartment, less neighborhood, and more f—ing congestion.

    I will miss Zatz. This place has real character and provides real value in the community.

  • Twobottles June 12, 2015 (11:42 am)

    Between an apartment and two different houses, I’ve lived in the Admiral area for nearly 28 years. It really seems to be a boom or bust business district. Sad to see the downturns but but the next uptick in new business, when it does occur, will be fun.

  • sw June 12, 2015 (11:42 am)

    Bummer. We need businesses like this to stick around.

    Any notions on what’s happening in Admiral? Seems like a lot of businesses are teetering, whereas the Alaska and Morgan Junction business districts are thriving. Hopefully the Admiral Theater remodel will help bring the vibe back.

  • rdf June 12, 2015 (11:50 am)

    Oh No! *sobs* I love Zatz!

  • chelle June 12, 2015 (11:50 am)

    I loved going there during my lunch while working at metropolitan market. Sad to see another local business go.

    • WSB June 12, 2015 (11:55 am)

      ‘Dang it’ and sw – I’ve actually already checked to see if there’s some underlying cause here such as a pending development proposal or if the owner (Wells Fargo) has listed the building, or … So far, nothing on either of those fronts, at least in public records/publicly searchable listings, etc. There IS some new activity in Admiral, though – besides Mioposto coming to the old Admiralty House building, Anytime Fitness is putting in a mini-café, and I have another new-business story for the area in the works. (Not food/drink, though.) – TR

  • andopolis June 12, 2015 (11:53 am)

    Sad Stuff. Thanks for all the yummy bagels over the years.

  • AceMotel June 12, 2015 (11:55 am)


  • LVBebe June 12, 2015 (11:58 am)

    Such a bummer to see another place in Admiral closing, I know there are a few new things coming up though it seems more closings. We were just lamenting last night that we miss the old Cask.

  • SueB June 12, 2015 (12:00 pm)

    Sorry to see Zatz gone; good store.

    There are lots of reasons Admiral is emptying out. Much of it is management style, or lack thereof.

    As for The Cask, it was never clear when it was open. There was an odd legal-looking notice on the front door informing the public that it was an art studio, then the band flyers covered the windows and glass door so that no one could see inside; to know if it was open.

    The Heartland never looked open either, when it looked open, people’d pass by because the entrance sidewalk is/was weedy and dirty – not very inviting. And the shingles on the roof are falling apart so the building looks shabby. I ate there once and enjoyed it, but it ‘s a dirty building’t attractive from the outside.

    The Benbow – again, the entrance was weedy, and piles of broken glass and cigarette butts were all over the entrance and into the alley. I didn’t have an issue with the music or a patrons, but the owner could have cleaned up the building.

    The next to leave will be the people who actually live in the area. The patrons of the Admiral and other bars take over California Ave at night, yelling, running around, shouting, and one insecure person enjoys revving up his/her annoying motorcycle several times a night. Normal noise from bars – that doesn’t bother. We get that there are bars. It’s the excessive noise and motorcycle revs that’s annoying. And frequently it sounds like they’re playing soccer or other games in the street at times like 1 A.M. on weekdays mornings, which includes cheering, more shouting and yelling. Sure, Friday and Saturday night – go for it. But weekdays? C’mon, people.

    I’m surprised no one has given that one motorcycle rider a giant wedgie. I keep thinking he’ll grow up, but he’s going about it slow enough.

  • Miles June 12, 2015 (12:07 pm)

    As someone who did go to Zatz on a regular basis, I’ve always felt Seattleites don’t seem to really love bagels (or there would be many more bagel shops out here) and the people living here who are from the East (myself) know what a good bagel is and unfortunately Katz (and every other place I’ve had bagels in Seattle) have not bad, but very mediocre bagels. I’ve always had a hard time getting my wife to go there…..still sad to see them go.

  • Be mama June 12, 2015 (12:16 pm)

    No!!!!! the direct cause for all these businesses closing is lack of available parking. I know that apparently bartells has some- but it’s not visibly advertised. Someone build a small parking garage!

  • Rick June 12, 2015 (12:17 pm)

    I’ve ived in WS for 46 years and have been in business in here for 35 years and last 4 locations have been closed for “development”. Good for them. Next time, I’ll just have to wander on. I miss West Seattle.

  • Twobottles June 12, 2015 (12:21 pm)

    Five empty restaurant/bar spaces. You forgot the Brickyard BBQ spot 😊

  • skeptic June 12, 2015 (12:26 pm)

    Zatz bagels are awesome. The toasted Jalepeno bagel with Jalepeno spread makes for a great spicy breakfast.

    The complete lack of parking in this area makes these locations a hard place to succeed.

  • Ray June 12, 2015 (12:29 pm)

    I thought the owner stated that the business has been in Chapter 11 for at least a year. My guess, it was a revenue thing, not development.

  • Oakley34 June 12, 2015 (12:44 pm)

    So strange. I had the strongest craving for a bagel and cream cheese just ten minutes ago, and now I read this…

    I like Zatz…nice folks, decent bagels (well, amazing bagels by local standards…hell MOST standards…but I’m from NY soooo, meh) but they were just a little dear for my wallet. At a slightly lower price point I’d have patronized them a LOT more. As it was I only ever got a bagel when I needed to use an oversize washer (next door). I disagree that parking was an issue there. I never (like ever) had to park farther than half a block down towards the old blockbuster, and usually got a spot right out front.

  • Kathleen June 12, 2015 (12:44 pm)

    Noooooooooooooooo say it isn’t so. We have gone to Zatz at least twice a week for the past 14 years. We actually had to make it a line item in our household budget. My kids are literally in tears at this news. It’s more than just bagels for us. We LOVE Zatz and all the wonderful people who work there. They support every cause, never hesitate to make a donation, and have been such a big presence in our community. :( West Seattle won’t be the same without them. So, SO SAD right now.

  • tina June 12, 2015 (12:46 pm)

    I would say its mostly a parking issue…it’s very congested around there and unless your walking by and happen to be hungry for a bagel…forget about it! The junction area is altogether different by having a collection of stores and resturants all together. Its amazing Zatz held on this long. Good luck to you Zatz

  • Alki Guy June 12, 2015 (12:46 pm)

    I am so bummed. Where will I get bagels now? I have to say the service has always been really slow. They could have done some work to improve their bagel making processes, especially on a busy weekend morning.

  • Linda June 12, 2015 (12:50 pm)

    One of the issues of these places closing is the lack of parking anywhere in West Seattle, and especially in the Admiral District. I mostly go out of WS to eat due to the parking issues. And nothing is going to be solved by building buildings with 40 units and 5 parking spots……….I totally hate what WS has become :(

  • Wsgal June 12, 2015 (12:50 pm)

    It is sad! I’ve been driving to 1st for blazing bagels for sometime but it was good to have around. It’s been for sale for months, I’m surprised no one jumped on it being the only bagel store in WS. Wish them luck in their next endeavor.

  • Brent June 12, 2015 (12:52 pm)

    Worst day ever! :( :( :(

  • M June 12, 2015 (12:58 pm)

    Wow. That comes as a surprise! Place was always really busy when I went in. Agreed on the lack of parking being an issue. It kept me from visiting more often.

  • slc June 12, 2015 (1:02 pm)

    How much is Wells Fargo charging for rent? I recall hearing some years ago, that to rent space in the Wells Fargo building is exorbitantly expensive. They do, I believe, own the building. Agree with Oakley34 about parking. It’s available, you might have to walk a block or 2. Or use the LARGE garage under Bartell, or pay $3 to park at Anytime Fitness.

  • jetcitydude June 12, 2015 (1:03 pm)

    Maybe the $15 hour hike was too much to fhantom for a small business?

  • LyndaB June 12, 2015 (1:04 pm)

    I’m gonna miss them, too. We loved walking there for bagels. Maybe someone will buy it????

  • admiral don June 12, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    So sad. where to get bagels now?

  • A June 12, 2015 (1:11 pm)

    Move to Alki…..we love your bagels…or maybe in the lower level of one of these new buildings….don’t leave us

  • Btsea June 12, 2015 (1:23 pm)

    Love Zats. If they were already struggling, what I hear from other businesses is that increased minimum wage, lack of customer parking, and insanely high West Seattle lease rates all may have contributed to no viable way to go on.

  • Jennifer June 12, 2015 (1:26 pm)

    but but but! What about my chocolate chip bagel addiction?! 😢

  • dsa June 12, 2015 (1:34 pm)

    City planners and SDOT have little respect for parking spaces or if businesses on arterials survive.

  • MikeBarbre June 12, 2015 (1:41 pm)

    That’s just a shame. One of the long-time shops shutting it’s doors. You get used to something being there for so long, and when it’s gone you’re upset you didn’t go there more. Best of luck to the owners.

  • Joe Szilagyi June 12, 2015 (1:43 pm)

    “One of the issues of these places closing is the lack of parking anywhere in West Seattle, and especially in the Admiral District.”
    I’m sad to see Zatz go, but is this really accurate? How do all those businesses on Alki with basically no parking in summer hang on? Or in neighborhoods like downtown Fremont or Wallingford where parking is as rough?

  • DEF June 12, 2015 (1:45 pm)

    Echoing what Kathleen said: Very positive business and business-people in our community. And like Jennifer, my family depends on the chocolate-chip flavor from Zatz. I wish them success in their next venture, and I hope we can find another source that’s not as pricey as Panera.

  • justme June 12, 2015 (1:46 pm)

    Another place hanging by a thread is Mawadda Grill and their food is excellent!!! They’ve been telling us for a couple of years that they’re having a hard time making ends meet.

    The main problem in the Admiral area is lack of parking. We only eat at the restaurants down there when we feel like walking the 8 blocks. I can imagine the frustration with drivers wanting to eat. The city lost the opportunity to change the old Blockbuster parking lot into free 3 hour options like the Alaska junction has.

  • Diane June 12, 2015 (1:47 pm)

    do not understand, or agree, with the comments about lack of parking in Admiral as cause of closing businesses; I live in Admiral and drive to stores, library, events, in the Admiral junction all the time, and NEVER had a problem finding parking within a block; Bartell does have an underground garage that I’ve never used because there’s always parking in the store level lot
    now Alaska junction parking………is becoming an issue where I often have to park blocks away; for a multitude of reasons; for example, those of us who lost all our bus service in Admiral 3 yrs ago, now have to drive/park in the junction to take the Rapid Ride or 21; and the junction biz district is thriving, and yes, people still drive/park cars
    hoping this loss of so many eateries in Admiral will bring about new diverse exciting eating establishments; like a 24 hour diner, PLEASE; there’s certainly no lack of people with high salaries living within walking distance of Admiral junction to support new biz

  • HelperMonkey June 12, 2015 (1:59 pm)

    the sad thing is, this is one of the designated bathroom break places for metro drivers!

  • Diane June 12, 2015 (2:00 pm)

    trying to blame this on increased min wage has no factual basis; in fact if you pay attention to biz news throughout our city, most restaurants are thriving and expanding; WA state min wage went up to $9.47/hr on Jan 1; the new city min wage only went up to $10/hr for small biz (like Zatz) on April 1; that’s a 53 cent increase; if paying your staff 53 cents more per hour is a significant burden, there are clearly other big issues with the biz
    “insanely high West Seattle lease rates” is most likely culprit; in past 10 years I’ve talked with several biz owners in junction who moved their shops due to unresponsive landlords who raised their rents way too high

  • Anne June 12, 2015 (2:01 pm)

    Sorry to see Zatz go- seems like there was a huge Bagel Boom everywhere several years ago- not so much anymore- noticed several bagel places closed in So California last month too.
    Hopefully new places- not necessarily apartments/ condos will come in. As to parking- kind of depends when you go to N Admiral- I was at Head-To-Toe yesterday at 1:30 & parked right in front. But going in evenings or weekends to the restaurants & movie – that’s a different matter. Really don’t know where folks will park when the Admiral renovation is done & it becomes a 4 plex. Wish the old Blockbuster property could have been turned into a parking structure- but probably wouldn’t have been profitable for the property owner? At some point some developer will likely offer quite a bit for that prime piece of property. Can’t think of where else to build a parking structure in that area.

  • Kadoo June 12, 2015 (2:15 pm)

    That’s terrible news! I love their bagels and will miss them.

  • furor scribendi June 12, 2015 (2:20 pm)

    Hmmmm… No registered bankruptcy in this district for Zatz, Don Nolan, or for the prior owner either …… hmmmm.

    • WSB June 12, 2015 (2:29 pm)

      Furor, I already looked that up, sorry, I guess I should just show all my work (hated doing that in math class, though) and save others the trouble. The listing has said from the start that owner is out of the area and therefore not able to devote enough time to grow business, or something like that. So maybe it’s in another district …

  • AceMotel June 12, 2015 (2:40 pm)

    Zatz does have a little parking lot in the back, it shares with the bank, the laundromat another store. In response to @joe szilagyi’s post, the Alki businesses depend on parking in the surrounding neighborhood and parking along Admiral Way. I agree totally with @dsa.
    We will miss Zatz very much. In my family, we are all fans of the breakfast bagel, which has often functioned as breakfast, or lunch, or even dinner. Thanks, Zatz!

  • fiz June 12, 2015 (2:42 pm)

    NO!!! I fill a bag at Thriftway during weekly shopping. We love those things.

  • aa June 12, 2015 (2:49 pm)

    I have never had trouble parking either in the back or within a block. I saw they were for sale and thought about buying it. In my opinion their demise was lack of change. If it was me I would have added more choices, fresh muffins, other baked goods, filled that deli case with interesting food. Having it filled with containers of cream cheese is just a waste of space. Just raising prices doesn’t help a business, it causes people to spend less. Offer more choices. Check out los bagels in Arcata, CA. Now that’s a bagel shop!

  • datamuse June 12, 2015 (3:10 pm)

    Bummer! My husband used to stop there every Friday morning to get bagels for his office. (He’s back in school on the other side of the water now, so no more bagel runs.)
    The produce stand at the corner of Alaska and Fauntleroy sells bagels from Seattle Bagel Bakery, which are as close as this east coaster born and bred has found to what I used to have back home. It won’t bring back Zatz but I recommend them for those having a bagel jones.

  • SGG June 12, 2015 (3:19 pm)

    Of course parking is always an issue, but for me it was their prices that kept me from going in. Grabbing a bagel and a coffee should be a morning standard and it shouldn’t cost more than a buck for the bagel, and 2.50 for the coffee. When you realize you are going to walk out of there paying 8 or 9 bucks, it’s pretty easy to just pass it on by.

  • West Seattle Hipster June 12, 2015 (3:42 pm)

    Such an outpouring of grief for the closing of a bagel store.

  • hooman June 12, 2015 (4:09 pm)

    ok here’s a bulletproof business plan created by careful analysis of this thread: a three story parking garage that sells bagels for 99c and coffee for a nickel.

  • hooman June 12, 2015 (4:11 pm)

    the parking obsessed probably do all their shopping at costco anyway. is that what you want the admiral to look like?

  • J. June 12, 2015 (4:34 pm)

    The worst thing you can eat..is a bagel.

  • Anne June 12, 2015 (5:01 pm)

    hooman- not quite sure how to take your comment. Of course I dont want Admiral to look like Costco- I want to be able to patronize the new improved Admiral Theatre- go to Angelina’s or Mission or Copper Coin- or any other business that comes in – at a time other than mid-day. Admiral doesn’t have the 3hr parking lots that the Junction has. Going behind California Ave- East or West & you run into neighborhood parking.
    For those of you within walking distance of Admiral- no problem for folks like me at the very south end of Calif Ave- driving is how I get to Admiral & patronize the wonderful businesses there- I’d like to continue doing that.

  • heyhey June 12, 2015 (5:14 pm)

    agreed with the bagels being overpriced…bagels should not be that expensive…hope a few more open around town cause a good bagel is a great bagel

  • aa June 12, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    If J thinks bagels are bad, she/he hasn’t seen the new domino’s pizza with little hot dogs all around the crust!

  • Annie June 12, 2015 (5:35 pm)

    Oh no! losing one of the 3 things my kids will eat. And the doggie bagels…

    Sorry to see you go, Zatz!

  • onion June 12, 2015 (5:40 pm)

    J, There are ALWAYS worse things you can eat.

    I usually bought a bagel or two from Zatz early in the day and never had a problem parking directly across the street by the gas station.

    I also didn’t have a problem with Zatz’s prices, although I usually bought just one or two bagels minus the schmeer or sandwich fixings. So I probably wasn’t a very profitable customer.

    My wife has said great things about the coffee shop on the southeast corner of Admiral. People should check them out. As for Mawadda, I visit them regularly because I love Greek food but their overall value proposition seems a bit off. Not quite fast food and not quite dine-in. I would have expected them to fold before Zatz. I hope they succeed, though.

  • Evergreen June 12, 2015 (6:02 pm)

    Mawadda IS awesome.

    So, I just read about the NY bagel making process. Wow, I wish we could find that kind of art form out here!

  • Nice guy in ws June 12, 2015 (6:08 pm)

    Oh man. With all these closings I’m beginning to think about moving to Ballard. Oye.

  • foodie June 12, 2015 (6:09 pm)

    Parking at the former Blockbuster store just got smaller. Anytime Fitness has built a deck off their north wall and a juice bar is going up at the northwest corner of their lot.

  • West Seattle Refugee June 12, 2015 (6:33 pm)

    What’s up the new well off residents of west Seattle don’t leave the house for their bagels?

  • Jake June 12, 2015 (6:41 pm)

    The best Friday night Challah I ever had. Sorry Zatz, we let you down and did not buy enough bagels from you and now the community will miss you dearly.

  • MacJ June 12, 2015 (6:45 pm)

    Lots of parking gripers seem to forget there is a garage right below the Bartells lot that always has plenty of open spots. People need to realize that unless you have a disability walking 100 feet does not equal no parking.

  • E June 12, 2015 (6:56 pm)

    Safeway has the best bagels! For reals!

  • Raye June 12, 2015 (7:07 pm)

    How is parking the issue? There is an underground garage behind Zatz.

  • David Weller June 12, 2015 (7:19 pm)

    That’s the only place I regularly go out of my way to eat at. So sorry to see it go.

  • westseattledood June 12, 2015 (8:49 pm)

    I’ve always been able to park in front or around the corner. No biggie to walk a bit people.

    Anyways, I will miss my regla’ order when I stopped in: toasted pumpernickel with hummus schneer with a tiny cookie chaser.

    The folks there were always nice – even the distracted kids ;). Good luck to them all.

  • dsa June 12, 2015 (8:53 pm)

    Exactly MacJ, There is essentially dedicated HC parking therefore there is *no* parking.

  • Fregirl June 12, 2015 (8:55 pm)

    How about if the parking sucks, you take a bloody bus and get some of these cars off the road?

  • Sarah Schieron June 12, 2015 (9:17 pm)

    Zatz is a great neighbor and community member. They generously provided bagels for the Fairmont Ravine neighborhood clean-up each year.

    I loved their BLT and pickles.

    My family and our neighborhoodwill miss Zatz.

  • Joel Laguatan June 12, 2015 (9:21 pm)

    It’s unfortunate Zatz is shutting its doors. In the PNW, people tend to get pumpernickel bagels. I am saddened because the WONDERFUL STAFF took the time to listen and make my bagel PERFECTO!
    A freak pumpernickel with plain cream cheese on both sliced sides topped with Nove lox, fresh thin sliced red onion and a teaspoon of capers. Closed back up and NOT sandwich cut. The employees got it! They said, “Now that’s the correct technique to keep everything in tact, so YOU WILL enjoy all that goodness thoroughly without losing a drop.
    They told me, they tried this technique to find out. I will miss them and the bagels. I hope they’ll be back or move on to better ventures.😀

  • JC June 12, 2015 (9:43 pm)

    Zats has been for sale for over a year now. The ad has been renewed on craiglist for sometime, which boasts good revenues. If the ad is any indication of the cause, it seems remote ownership may have been more of a hurdle than parking or lease terms. WSB, you may have more luck contacting through the contacts listed in the business for sale ad. Not sure if I can post it but I’ll try: http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bfd/5052716945.html

    • WSB June 12, 2015 (9:50 pm)

      JC, the ad is linked in our original story, above. (Every word/phrase on WSB that is in blue text is a link – no automated or spam links, all links that we hand-curated to provide more information about the word or phrase to which they connect.) The text is the same as when I first saw the ad some months back, so I don’t know that it can truly be construed as current/accurate; it points people to a broker, not to the owner, with whom we spoke briefly today. – TR

  • me June 12, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    I has a sad.

  • AJP June 12, 2015 (11:09 pm)

    Geez people, if you want to have plentiful parking, MOVE TO THE FREAKIN SUBURBS AND ENJOY YOUR STRIP MALLS! West Seattle was designed and built before every house had 2+ cars. People walked and rode their bikes or the bus or the street car!

  • FIKRU June 13, 2015 (12:01 am)

    #SORRY to hear that i use to work 5 blocks away every morning get my brekfst from there i was addicted to have their bagle.I AM From ETHIOPIA and living far from their;by the airport driveing to their once in a while just to have my favorite so now i dont have any reoson driving on west margional way or the admiral speed zone•

  • Marci Eversole June 13, 2015 (1:46 pm)

    Nooooo, this is a true loss to our neighborhood……I am so sorry to hear this news.

  • Greg June 13, 2015 (3:07 pm)

    The economy is fine. What’s changed in admiral? The 15 dollar minimum wage.

    This is the law of unintended consequences. Businesses weren’t supposed to fail and everyone gets a raise, right?

  • kate June 13, 2015 (3:38 pm)

    I’ve loved the pesto bagels & chocolate chip bagels since they opened in the 1990’s. I now live in socal, but my mom mails me some about once a month…so sad to see them go.

  • Jw June 13, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    @AJP- they also didn’t have bagel shops “back then”. I’m with the rest of the crowd here. No parking means no buisness from me. Won’t walk/bike 2 miles up and down hills for a bagel. Sorry to see them go.

  • WSB June 13, 2015 (5:13 pm)

    There is no “$15 minimum wage.” As noted in earlier comment:

  • AIDM June 13, 2015 (10:45 pm)

    This really sucks! In all of the WS business closings over the last 5 years of economic depression, this is the first one that my family frequented regularly. We will really miss Zatz. They were a great member of the community and a great non-cafe place to get actual food at affordable prices. I’m surprised the community wasn’t able to keep this one afloat.

  • kc June 14, 2015 (1:35 pm)

    Definitely not a parking issue, I DRIVE to ZATZ at least once a week, have for years, and have never not been able to find a parking spot on the block.
    I did notice that it was getting dirtier and dirtier inside starting a couple of years ago and the lines were getting shorter and shorter, but still fairly consistent.
    I truly hope someone has a vision and passion for bagels and buys it. With all the new people moving to WS, no we’ll run business should close unless the rent is too high.

  • maplesyrup June 14, 2015 (3:50 pm)

    Sorry to see you go, Zatz. You will be missed.

  • 22blades June 15, 2015 (2:08 pm)

    I think there’s an underlying big picture issue here. Lacking is a comprehensive plan for the Admiral District. Lacking a vision, you have Admiral Way without parking for the entire day when instead of just commute hours. The busses don’t even run half the day now. “No Parking” should be 6 am to 9 am westbound and 3 pm to 6 pm eastbound. The area is also literally off the radar with the “Department of Neighborhoods”. I know of a few tireless souls that have tried to enhance the area but they can’t do it alone. A good example is how long the remote landlords of the theater took to give the venue some kind of direction. They simply don’t care. I know of somebody that lives in the neighborhood that has been unable to invest in it. I think Admiral has to start identifying itself as Admiral, not West Seattle. The Junction did. Morgan did. Heck, even White Center did. Admiral “District” is a retail mess unless you’re the few established players.

  • Hutch June 15, 2015 (4:05 pm)

    There is literally parking everywhere down there. If you want a giant sea of parking lots in front of every business move to Issaquah.

  • Curtis June 15, 2015 (4:34 pm)

    Attention Ezell’s Attention Ezell’s please note new vacancy in Admiral. Attention Ezell’s

  • Chris June 15, 2015 (5:22 pm)

    Its also possible to park for two hours in the Metropolitan Market lot. I imagine you can get away with that in the Safeway lot too. Parking hasn’t changed here for 20 years, so I can’t believe that parking is the problem for businesses today in the Admiral Junction.

  • christinimcb June 15, 2015 (10:42 pm)

    we are extremely sad to hear about zatz closing! we loved them so! please come back!!!!

  • Elisaid June 16, 2015 (2:16 pm)

    I’m going to miss my “No Frills” sockeye on Pesto. :( I went there this morning and was stunned. Missed this article last week.

  • RT June 16, 2015 (10:00 pm)

    It’s worth the drive, if you are willing to brave the west seattle bridge traffic…satisfy your bagel craving at Blazing Bagels…on first ave, north of the SODO center and opposite Krispy Creme. Great bagels….

    Still, so sorry to lose Zatz…

  • heidi June 17, 2015 (8:54 pm)

    While sad to see another WS Institution go (booo) Admiral Bird is offering Blazing Bagels-let the staff know which flavor(s) you like and we’ll do our best to fill the void. Hoping there will one day be a PLAN for Admiral District, yes…it’s one of the last lil’ hoods. Do your part to support the local shops and don’t ever be afraid to let us know if there’s something you’d like to see!

  • hadlie June 18, 2015 (3:40 pm)

    noticed there were two dif providers of bagels at thriftway yesterday. I was going to complain to management to bring back Zatz. and now we know. its not parking it was the business management. maybe just fatigue. How interested in selling are you if you are advertising on Craigslist?

    • WSB June 18, 2015 (3:57 pm)

      Had – CL is a really popular place for real-estate listings of all types – I have noticed this for years while researching stories. The CL link in turn pointed to an actual brokerage website.

  • Sad June 19, 2015 (10:31 am)

    So sad to see this place go. 20 years is a long haul for this town. I hate to see the local shops leave the our community. Seems to be the trend these days. We will forever miss the Asiago Bagel. Thank you for 20 years of bagels!!

  • Alaskagal June 19, 2015 (3:25 pm)

    Having moved to the Alaska Junction area from the Admiral District, I too am very sad to see Zatz’s close. They were a generous supporter of the community, and they made great bagels. I suspect that although we have a huge amount of apartment buildings going up, this also spells goodbye for a lot of local businesses here in the Alaska Junction. And parking…huh…what parking? We need two high-rise parking buildings to even attempt to handle the demand that’s coming.

  • BB June 26, 2015 (4:02 pm)

    According to what I just read in Seattle Refined:

    After 20 years of business Zatz A Better Bagel in The Admiral District of West Seattle has just announced its closing. Four restaurants and bar spaces will be replacing the bagel shop.

    • WSB June 26, 2015 (5:35 pm)

      Sorry, but that’s incorrect; for one, Zatz didn’t “just announce” – they announced two weeks ago, and closed two days later. And it will NOT be “replaced by four restaurant/bar spaces” – for one, it’s not big enough for four enterprises to take over; that line looks like a bad rewrite of one line from our story (particularly since they didn’t attribute their information), in which (see above) we reported “Zatz’s closure will leave four restaurant/bar spaces shuttered within one Admiral block …” Having worked in TV for 25 years, I know how TV works, and “Seattle Refined” is just an offshoot of a local TV station. But thanks, sometimes there ARE nuggets of info out there somewhere – TR

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