Too hot to cook? Same goes for some West Seattle restaurants/bars/coffee shops (updated)

(Originally published Sunday, continuing to add updates/changes through Monday)

If the heat – the Sea-Tac gauge has hit triple digits! – has you thinking about getting dinner from/at a restaurant, be aware that some local food/beverage businesses are closing early and/or changing their hours to keep their workers safe. After a tip from Paula (thank you!), we started looking around, and here’s what we’ve found so far:

Bakery Nouveau – closing 1 pm Sunday
Bebop Waffle Shop(updated) closed Sunday and Monday
Birdhouse – closing at noon Sunday, closed Monday
Bizzarro Italian Café (White Center) – closed until Tuesday
Cactus – closed Monday
Chupacabra – closed Monday
Circa, closed tonight and all day/night Monday
Coastline Burgers – closed Sunday and Monday
Copper Coin – closed Sunday and Monday
Cupcake Royale – closing at 2 pm Monday
Easy Street Café – restaurant closed Monday, record store trying to stay open
Elliott Bay Brewing – closed at 5 pm Monday
Grillbird Teriyaki – open noon-5 Sunday, closed Monday
Gyro Heroes – closed until Tuesday
Highland Park Corner Store – closed Monday
Hotwire Coffee – closing at 1 pm Sunday and Monday
Itto’s Tapas – closed Monday
JaK’s Grill – closed Sunday and Monday
Jet City Beignet (WSB sponsor) – no Sunday popup
Kamei – closed Sunday and Monday
Locol – closed through Monday (per texter)
Lodge Sports Grille – closed Monday
Lula Coffee – closing noon Monday
Luna Park Café – closed Monday
Marination Ma Kai – closed Monday
Mashiko – only offering cold menu items (including sushi) Sunday night and Monday
Mission Cantina (WSB sponsor) – open 10 am-3 pm Sunday, closed Monday
Moonshot Coffee (White Center) – closed 5 pm Monday
Nos Nos Coffee House – closed until Tuesday
Ounces – closed Monday
Pagliacci – closed early Sunday night, closed Monday
Patrick’s Café and Bakery (White Center) – closed Monday
Prost – closed Sunday and Monday
Realfine Coffee – closing at 1 pm Monday
Skylark – open Sunday 3-8 pm but serving cold sandwiches and salads
The Spot – closed early Sunday, will be closed Monday
Supreme – closed Monday
Swinery – closing at 2 pm Sunday
Talarico’s – closed Monday
Than Brothers Pho – closed Monday
West of Chicago Pizza (WSB sponsor) – closed tonight and Sunday
The Westy – closing 4 pm Sunday, closed Monday
Zippy’s Giant Burgers – will be closed Monday

We are checking other places online and by phone as fast as we can and will keep adding – if you know of others with closures/changes because of the heat wave, please let us know via comments, email (, or text (206-293-6302) – thank you!

P.S. We’re adding known A/C-equipped restaurants/bars to our master cool-off list – see it here – suggestions for those are welcome too!

38 Replies to "Too hot to cook? Same goes for some West Seattle restaurants/bars/coffee shops (updated)"

  • Greg June 26, 2021 (5:37 pm)

    This thermometer is on a picnic table in our backyard in the full sun of Gatewood.  It reads 117 degrees F.  Just illustrates how heat can be absorbed by every day things that we touch.  Protect your kids and pets

    • WSB June 26, 2021 (5:58 pm)

      Thanks for the visual. To the topic of the story, Grillbird posted on social media YESTERDAY that it was 130 degrees in their kitchen. Up there with the western exposure, not surprising,

    • 1994 June 26, 2021 (6:57 pm)

      I see the thermometer goes up to 120 – keep us posted if it reaches the end at 120. 

  • Jeff B June 26, 2021 (6:02 pm)

    We were just at the Can Bar.  They said they are planning to be closed on Monday.  Love the Can Bar!

    • WSB June 26, 2021 (6:04 pm)

      Thank you!

  • Amy June 26, 2021 (6:49 pm)

    West Seattle Bakery Nouveau closing at 1p Sunday, Burien location closing at 3p. 

  • elarem June 26, 2021 (7:39 pm)

    Bakery Nouveau is closing at 1pm  again tomorrow.

  • Sue H June 26, 2021 (7:45 pm)

    FYI, Grillbird posted on Instagram that their heatwave hours this week are 12-5 today and Sunday, closed Monday, and 11-5 Tuesday through Friday.  Also, Heartbeat Organic Cafe said on Instagram to call or text before coming in to make sure they’re still open – they may have to close to keep staff safe if it’s too warm in there.

  • Tim June 26, 2021 (7:51 pm)

    Elliot Bay is closed Sunday but for unrelated issues. Staff issues I believe. 

  • Meg June 26, 2021 (8:12 pm)

    Some of the stores lost power at Westwood Village today.  Hoping they’ll be up and running tomorrow. 

    • WSB June 26, 2021 (8:47 pm)

      We covered the outage separately. Only store we confirmed closed was Marshall’s. Did you see another?

      • Tiffany June 26, 2021 (9:20 pm)

        Sub Shop was closed

      • Auntie June 26, 2021 (9:34 pm)

        QFC was running on a big rented generator – no refrigerated or frozen products available when I was there around 2:00. There was a city light truck in the parking lot working on something.

      • Meg June 26, 2021 (11:28 pm)

        Bed Bath & Beyond and Big Five

    • First Responder June 27, 2021 (12:26 pm)

      Kathy, please resist blaming consumers. Big oil companies have reaped profits for decades. Big car companies keep selling more and more internal combustion vehicles. Heck, even electric vehicles grind brake pads and tires into a melange of carcinogenic dust that kills people and other living things, including every water body. It’s too easy to blame people driving cars, I get it, we’re all easy targets. But if you want make change, focus on big oil and automobile making profiteers. 

      • AN June 27, 2021 (1:43 pm)

        Respectfully, I don’t understand this comment. Aren’t consumers the customers / the ones who consume what “big oil”, etc. are outputting? That is Kathy’s point. Less consumption, less creation of things to consume, no?

  • Sukie June 26, 2021 (8:26 pm)

    Just stopped by Gyros Heroes. They are closed and likely won’t open until Tuesday (though call to confirm).

  • Sue H June 26, 2021 (8:47 pm)

    Not a restaurant, but Pet Elements posted on Facebook that on Sunday they will be open from 9:00 to 3:00 as their air conditioner is broken. It’s supposed to be fixed on Monday, but if not they may have to close early again as well.

  • climate worry June 26, 2021 (10:05 pm)

    Average temp this time of year is 73.

    Portland might reach 115 tomorrow.

    What is happening?


  • Tina June 26, 2021 (10:10 pm)

    WSB Is absolutely amazing. I’m trying to find what restaurants are open or closed or have AC in other neighborhoods and there is nothing. <3 thank you so much 

  • Nick June 26, 2021 (11:40 pm)

    Coastline Burgers will be closed Sunday and Monday. 

  • Me June 27, 2021 (7:37 am)

    Called Kamei in the Junction this morning (amazing how much I can get done when I wake up before 6am!!) and they are closed today (Sun) and tomorrow per their outgoing VM. 

  • Sue H June 27, 2021 (9:26 am)

    Boombox posted on Facebook that they are closed today, Sunday, and will reopen on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

  • Kathy June 27, 2021 (11:01 am)

    Let’s see, climate warming is caused in large part by fossil fuel burning vehicles. Yet yesterday as I pulled my trailer with an ebike to do grocery shopping, I was passed by many people driving internal combustion machines around in circles trying to find parking near the beach, running errands of only a few miles within West Seattle, leaving their engines idling while looking at their phones or even running the engine while out of their car doing something else. You can get a good used electric vehicle for around 10-11K with no sales tax and low cost operation (about the price of 3 ebikes). Why not leave your internal combustion machine at home unless you need it for long distance trips? Walk, bike or take transit to do your errands. Or invest in a used EV if you have a place to plug it in and use it for most of your local trips. Something has to give, we can’t keep burning fuel at the rate we are and expect our planet to continue to be liveable.

    • wetone June 27, 2021 (3:54 pm)

      Kathy your a saint, doing what you feel is right for yourself, but that may not be the answer for many. You mentioned EV vehicles, which are ok and we have one, but how about the materials used to make the batteries ? Where it comes from and the labor used in the process. Then you have the disposal of old batteries and where the material ends up. Until those procedures/ processes change and improve fossil fuel doesn’t look so bad. Just one more thing is the US does not have a power grid that would handle a big influx of EVs at this point…..

      • Kathy June 27, 2021 (8:19 pm)

        WETONE, What would you rather bike behind in traffic, a vehicle expelling exhaust fumes in your face or an EV? I’ll take the EV, thank you. 

    • Lucy June 27, 2021 (3:58 pm)

      How do you propose recharging those EVs?

      • Kathy June 27, 2021 (8:12 pm)

        I use a 110 outdoor outlet on the side of my house with an extension cord for my car. Costs about 2-3 dollars per week in electricity.  Some people won’t have a convenient space to plug in, of course. 

    • K June 27, 2021 (5:40 pm)

      Thanks for your thoughtful post, Kathy. I know people love to rag on EVs, (me included–our “green” politicians’ obsession with them is ridiculous), but why do people always focus on picking apart EVs when the discussion around transportation comes up around climate change? We need stop avoiding the actual problem–wealthy world citizens and their insatiable appetite for consumption of all kinds, especially fossil fuels. We should drive less, advocate for safer facilities to walk and bike, and use our existing facilities to bike and walk whenever possible. And stop electing politicians who believe widening freeways will solve a single one of our problems. Our lives are on the line.

    • Anne June 30, 2021 (7:41 am)

      You sure do make a lot of assumptions about people. 

  • oldgranola June 27, 2021 (12:36 pm)

    Future Primitive Brewing announced  closure today and Monday so far. Too bad, they have installed misters outside  but still decided to temp close.

  • LyndaB June 27, 2021 (2:09 pm)

    Nos Nos announced on their Instagram that they will be closed Monday and Tuesday. 

    • BJG June 28, 2021 (11:29 am)

      So grateful to Glen at Great American Diner for feeding us and his restaurant full of hot and hungry people last night. As always this wonderful, dedicated man and his staff came through. We can count on him! The A/C, salad, and mojitos were a lifesaver! Thanks!

  • Dean June 27, 2021 (7:34 pm)

    Ma’ono and Buddha Ruksa appear to be closed today too 

  • Sweetpea June 28, 2021 (6:44 am)

    Luna Park Cafe-Closed today.  Thanks everyone!  Stay cool! 

  • Junctioner June 28, 2021 (4:06 pm)

    I just called Taco Time.  They informed me they closed at 4:00 pm today due to the heat and to keep their crew safe.

  • Marie June 28, 2021 (4:42 pm)

    Went down to Cactus, which was a wonderfully cool respite yesterday.  Alas, closed today.

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