BIZNOTE FOLLOWUPS: Ex-Baskin Robbins on Admiral; West Seattle Produce

Two followup food-related notes this afternoon:

(WSB photo from last week – the windows have since been further papered)

WHAT’S GOING IN AT THE EX-BASKIN ROBBINS: Since noting the disappearance of Admiral Baskin-Robbins 3 months ago, and the fact it had been on the market, we’ve been watching for signs of something new. Finally those signs emerged recently – work crews, equipment removal, window-papering, reader tips. No permit filings on record but after going by daily and talking to workers there today, we have a bit of info: They say it’s going to be a restaurant with Mediterranean food, to be called Gyros Heroes, and that they hope to be open in about three months. More details when we get them.

WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE: 3+ months after the much-loved produce-and-more business closed at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW, forced out by impending redevelopment, it has yet to find a new location. We checked in this week after noting that they had hoped to announce a new location by spring, and we are now two weeks into that season. WSP’s reply: “We have not found a home yet. It’s been tough trying to find a place that will work for us in the area but we have not given up.”

20 Replies to "BIZNOTE FOLLOWUPS: Ex-Baskin Robbins on Admiral; West Seattle Produce"

  • square eyes April 4, 2018 (4:55 pm)

    I really miss WS Produce.

  • Scott April 4, 2018 (5:03 pm)

    Good luck with the parking issue. 

    • WSB April 4, 2018 (5:09 pm)

      We’ve gone by at least twice a day for the past several days hoping to catch someone there, and indeed, we haven’t seen the “no parking” sign being honored.

  • JanS April 4, 2018 (5:14 pm)

    Mostly, the cars that park there are patrons of Starbucks. Yes, good luck with that.

    wow…B/R is a half block from me down my alley, and I had no idea it
    was closed. Shows how often I go there. Actually, hadn’t been there in
    years.  I love gyros…hope this new place is good. My waistline hopes
    it’s average  ;-).  Kidding, of course. It will be welcome in the ‘hood,
    for sure 

  • JanS April 4, 2018 (5:25 pm)

    just googled the restaurant name…there was a location in Swellvue…er..Bellevue, and another mentioned in Lake Stevens, but there was only a singular gyro, not a plural….wonder if it’s the same people?.  Those two places seems to have changed names now, or simply no longer exist. Will just have to wait and see :)

    • WSB April 4, 2018 (6:43 pm)

      This is all we have so far – since there’s nothing in permit files, stopping by and asking (once we finally found a crew there – we have a low percentage on these kind of drive-bys) was the best we could do. We gave the work crew our card and asked them to ask the owners to contact us.

  • MJ April 4, 2018 (5:26 pm)

    The B and R is being replaced by a Mediterranean restaurant. 

    In chatting with the proprietor the parking will be signed in front of his store.  I believe he indicated the opening in late May.

  • Michelle April 4, 2018 (5:49 pm)

    Sorry Baskin Robbins! But as a lactose intolerant omnivore, I am kinda looking forward to a gyro place. 

  • Vegan April 4, 2018 (7:07 pm)

    Starbucks is busiest in the morning when gyro place is closed. Starbuck customers will be respectful of Gyro Hero’s parking spots.

  • justme April 4, 2018 (8:40 pm)

    Looking forward to this. I miss Mawadda in the Admiral area. They had great Gyros. They left because of lack of parking. The Burien one is still good and has ample parking.

  • I April 4, 2018 (10:02 pm)

    I bet they can’t beat Falafel Salam, that place is super yummy!

  • RP April 4, 2018 (11:29 pm)


  • HelperMonkey April 5, 2018 (8:24 am)

    I miss West Seattle Produce. Shame that they and Tony’s couldn’t go into business together, so there would be fresh produce year round on the 35th/Barton corner. (Before that lot is developed into apodments with no parking) 

    • dawsonct April 7, 2018 (2:06 pm)

      Or, simply take over the Tony’s site from Tony’s son, who seems to not have the same passion for produce-selling that his father had. That place went WAY downhill when he took over. 
      Do they even open anymore? Every time I’ve driven by recently, it just looks like a junkyard.

      No doubt Robby and Shannon could take it over and resume their roles as neighborhood treasures, if given the opportunity.

    • dawsonct April 7, 2018 (2:08 pm)

      BTW, what vehicle owner moves into a dwelling that does not provide them with parking? At least once their initial lease runs out and they figure out what a mistake they made?
      I believe that most who move into apartments with no parking generally have no POV to park. A reality that will become more normalized in the years to come.

  • WookieCheese April 5, 2018 (8:36 am)

    @West Seattle Produce – Please come to Delridge! There’s gotta be a place for you and we desperately need some kind of market that’s not a gross mini-mart!!!

  • Tony S April 5, 2018 (8:38 am)

    Wow, that B&R was one long lasting business; both those buildings were constructed at the same time in the mid-1970’s (Winchell’s where Starbucks is, and B&R). It was a vacant lot forever prior to that (Xmas tree stand in December). I worked there in 1980-81 as a 16 year old — heck of a lot of fun, and boy did we try to put a dent in the unlimited ice cream perk! I’d love to find out whatever happened to Corky Engler (the owner), he had to sell in 1982 to Bea Mullins. Don’t know when she sold out.

  • RayWest April 5, 2018 (9:21 am)
    1. Sure hope W.S. Produce finds a new location in West Seattle. They were a real asset to our community that is being taken over by generic bar/restaurants and chain stores.. 
  • coffeedude April 5, 2018 (9:55 am)

    I would like to see WS Produce go to Tonys.  Since Tony passed it has never been the same.  Guess his son is just not into the business like his dad was.  

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