BIZNOTES: TACOntainer changing; No-Name Diner no more; West 5 auction

Three food-biz notes:

(WSB photo, January 2021)

TACONTAINER CHANGING: Thanks to Kathy for the tip. After 13 months, TACOntainer – the taco stand in a small repurposed shipping container at 2530 Alki Avenue SW – is closing. But the container is staying. Proprietor Victor explains, “We’re concluding our TACOntainer operations due to family reasons, unfortunately. This will be our last week for now. We might open a few more times before mid-March but that is uncertain at the moment. Our friends (another Mexican food vendor) will take over our spot and the name will change and the concept will change, but the container will stay.” Victor says there should be more news on that in mid-March, and if his family situation allows, “We hope to be able to come back in a year or so.”

NO-NAME DINER NO MORE: Just down the street, at 2738 Alki Avenue SW, the No-Name Diner has closed. We noticed a sign on the door recently that said “closed for remodeling.” But according to a social-media post, the restaurant closed at the end of January, with proprietor Renae explaining, “A good friend named Vittor and our chef Shawn, along with a small team, will be starting up a whole new concept for a restaurant, and The No-Name Diner will be no more.” The location has gone through a long list of concepts since the sudden closure of Alki Bakery there in late 2010 – before No-Name, it was It’s BBQ Time in the Kitchen, which followed Alki Chicken and Waffles, which was preceded by B’s Po Boy, and before that Fatburger from fall 2013 to early 2017, following Bada Bistro‘s less-than-five-month run, after two years for the Beachside Café.

3 MORE DAYS IN WEST 5 AUCTION: When West 5 in The Junction announced its closure, there was mention of an auction. That auction is happening online right now and has three days to go – with items including its most-famous signage, indoors and outdoors:

Dozens of other items too, as shown here, where you can bid until 8 pm Friday.

10 Replies to "BIZNOTES: TACOntainer changing; No-Name Diner no more; West 5 auction"

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy February 22, 2022 (6:01 pm)

    That diner location is definitely cursed. I look forward to trying what pops up there next though!

  • BW February 22, 2022 (7:29 pm)

    Another one bites the dust. 

  • K February 22, 2022 (7:42 pm)

    Taco Rainer is fantastic!  You will be sorely missed :(

  • Neighbor February 22, 2022 (8:20 pm)

    Sorry to hear about these business closures but as a neighborhood resident neither of them really resonated.  “No Name Diner”?  So, what should I expect?  I never went in, sad to say.  I was looking forward to trying it when they reopened.TACOnainer is a neat idea and Victor is a nice guy but it opened at 12:30, that’s an hour and a half later than it should to catch the WFH lunch rush.  Plus it was absurdly expensive for street tacos.  Hoping the new concept for that location is a more traditional taco truck experience.

  • onion February 22, 2022 (8:33 pm)

    Sorry to hear about the Taco Container. Great food.Alki Bakery was the heart beat of Alki 12-15 years ago, like C&P  is for West Seattle south of the Junction today. Alki deserves a community gathering place, and Starbucks isn’t it.

  • Beetle February 23, 2022 (11:39 am)

    No Name Diner was great, their sides and sliders were yummy, it was a fun place to take the kids and we will miss them.

  • Derek February 23, 2022 (11:49 am)

    Someone needs to get that King light. I feel like Jupiter or some place like that would like it. 

  • shotinthefoot February 23, 2022 (12:00 pm)

    I looked through the West-5 auction site until it just made me unbearably sad. Everything that made West-5 a unique, special place now has a price tag on it. A whole history, nearly two decades. Just so incredibly sad. I hope Tom Henry understands how driving out a well-loved business in the pursuit of a couple more dollars a month affects all of us in West Seattle.  

    • Rumbles February 23, 2022 (5:05 pm)

      No offense, but don’t kid yourself — Tom Henry couldn’t care less!

    • Reality Check February 23, 2022 (6:02 pm)

      What makes me sad is how the story about the closure of West 5 is being spun as the fault of landlords. That is not the truth. 

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