BIZNOTES: West Seattle Brewing Tap Shack’s last night; Homefront’s upcoming closure; 15th/Roxbury plan

Three biznotes this afternoon:

TAP SHACK’S LAST NIGHT: West Seattle Brewing reminds us that this is the final night for its Alki Tap Shack (2536 Alki Avenue SW), as reported here a month ago. The weather’s perfect to stop by one last time; Hannah from WS Brewing says “We will have beers, bikes, and bbq, a partnership with Peace Peloton! Starting at 6, Jones BBQ; 7:00-ish, DJ Big Ugly, party into the night!” WS Brewing will continue at its “mothership” location (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW). Ampersand Coffee next door also is affected by the site’s impending redevelopment but will remain open in its current building one more month, then plans to move into the former Tacontainer until the new building is done.

HOMEFRONT CLOSURE: Just up the block – thanks for all the tips about Homefront Smoothies and Ice Cream‘s impending closure at 2622 Alki Avenue SW.

We finally were able to catch up today with proprietor Saravy. She says October 31st is their last day; they lost their lease, and her understanding is that the site owners want to give the space to a relative’s business. Homefront has been there for more than 20 years. Apparently other businesses in the building are staying, according to the one we’ve been able to reach so far. Saravy is looking for another Alki location where she could reopen Homefront, but hasn’t found a new site yet; if you have any ideas, let her know.

15TH/ROXBURY: Several readers asked about the banner on the northeast corner of 15th/Roxbury, announcing a future café. We checked with the building’s owner, Michan of West Seattle Window and Door. She said they are removing the banner as they’re not ready to discuss the plan yet. But WSWD is opening a showroom in the building, which will be open by appointment, on the lower level next to the vape shop.

10 Replies to "BIZNOTES: West Seattle Brewing Tap Shack's last night; Homefront's upcoming closure; 15th/Roxbury plan"

  • Empm September 30, 2022 (7:56 pm)

    Wait, what? So no cafe on 15th and Roxbury? Very confused.

    • WSB September 30, 2022 (8:53 pm)

      It’s a future project. Not as imminent as the banner implied, so they were going to remove it.

  • Brooke September 30, 2022 (8:57 pm)

    That makes me sad about Homefront Smoothies and Ice Cream~ so many fond memories from when my boys were little. I remember my middle son’s scoop falling off the cone on a Summer day when he was about 3…and Saravy giving him another one without missing a beat. Lovely woman. You will be missed and all the best in your future plans. 

  • Auntie September 30, 2022 (9:15 pm)

    Frankly, I think it’s creepy to boot out a good long-term tenant for a family member’s business. What assurance do they have that the family member will succeed/pay rent? I once got kicked out of an apartment where I had lived a long time, always paid on time, etc, just so the manager could house a distant cousin. Nepotism sucks! Seems like being a good tenant just isn’t enough. 

  • icecreamaddict October 1, 2022 (1:53 am)

    I am not happy to hear about Homefront at all.. Love their ice cream and vibe. Really hope they get another lease soon. Good news is now I’ve got good excuses for eating lots of ice cream in October!

  • MT October 1, 2022 (8:50 am)

    Heard Agave is closing too.  Last day was yesterday 9/30.

  • Corliss October 1, 2022 (1:09 pm)

    So sorry to hear about Homefront. We take our grandson there for his “Once a Month” ice cream cone. Then we walk across the street to enjoy a cone with a view. We will miss them.

  • Lisa in Arbor Heights October 2, 2022 (7:40 am)

    So sorry to hear about Homefront closing as well. Such a great spot and I loved supporting small business/families of color. I hope they’re able to find a new Alki location with a better support system who values them as much as the community does. 

  • No vape October 2, 2022 (7:52 am)

    Vape shops are ridiculous. How do we get rid of them?

  • Dr. Kael October 2, 2022 (4:09 pm)

    I moved to W. Seattle in April and have enjoyed exploring it and supporting the local businesses. I haven’t had a chance to check out Homestead but definitely will before they close. It is disheartening when local businesses either have to move, or permanently close. I still prefer the Ma and Pop stores to the big box chains. 

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