Eviction notice posted at Pegasus Pizza on Alki

That’s the notice that was posted this morning on the door of Pegasus Pizza (2768 Alki SW); we went there after a reader tip. The doors were chained and locked.

Court records indicate an “unlawful detainer” (eviction) case was filed against the business in July, and that the eviction order followed a hearing and ruling on November 16. According to case documents, the restaurant was ordered to pay its landlord, Alki 37 LLC, more than $146,000. We are working to reach Pegasus’s owners for comment. They moved into this building 15 years ago from a different location on the same block; the space underwent changes six years ago.

133 Replies to "Eviction notice posted at Pegasus Pizza on Alki"

  • Pietro December 2, 2022 (1:02 pm)

    All the pizza haters seem to be winning this week.

    • Mel December 3, 2022 (6:25 pm)

      I LOVED Pegasus. But I also watched their descent into a restaurant I was no longer interested in patronizing. It’s a shame. Possibly made worse by landlord issues, but still, the descent of their service, vibe, and food were horrible. 

  • Jim December 2, 2022 (1:04 pm)

    Well that’s interesting 

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy December 2, 2022 (1:12 pm)

    Two different pizza places likely closed permanently announced this week.  The person who puts up all those signs saying we need another pizza place on closed businesses (I’ve always assumed sarcastically) might be happy.  I am sort of bummed about Pegasus I actually wanted to try it.

  • Rhonda December 2, 2022 (1:12 pm)


  • Cid December 2, 2022 (1:14 pm)

    Spiro’s and now Pegasus? Those are my two favorites. 

    • Karen December 2, 2022 (4:35 pm)

      Meet your new favorite:  Proletariat Pizza in White Center

      • East Coast Cynic December 2, 2022 (8:32 pm)

        Seconded: This east coast palate loves their pies. If Proletariat and West of Chicago get eviction notices, then I’ll be worried.

        • Andros December 6, 2022 (12:03 pm)

          West of Chicago is my new favorite, and I didn’t even have a favorite over here. Their service, staff, atmosphere, and food is all amazing. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but they really have got it together. Plus they are Italian beef is awesome.  If you’ve watched The Bear, then you need to go.  

      • Anonymous December 3, 2022 (6:29 am)

        Great pizza but bad name , proletariat means working class but their pizza is definitely not priced as such lmao

      • Karen 2 December 3, 2022 (8:16 am)

        Love their pizza 

    • Paul December 3, 2022 (3:34 pm)

      Spiro is not closed, is it??!

      • WSB December 3, 2022 (3:49 pm)

        Spiro’s last day is December 16th, as we reported on Thursday.

  • dzag December 2, 2022 (1:18 pm)

    This is sad news and the unfortunate reality of today’s economy. I hope the landlord will work something out with them as if a GREAT place like Pegasus is struggling then sadly the building could remain vacant for a very long time. Sometimes a fair revenue for a property is better than no revenue especially with a looming recession that seems more obvious with this news 

    • Henny December 2, 2022 (3:00 pm)

      There have multiple accounts of them not paying their employees!!! So they should shut down. If you can’t pay people you need to go 

    • Heather December 2, 2022 (3:22 pm)

      Not so great when they don’t pay employees or rent. 

      • East Coast Pies December 2, 2022 (10:59 pm)


        • Unpaid December 3, 2022 (6:57 am)

          Can confirm, I worked there and my paychecks bounced all the time.  At least 15 other employees told me the same thing was happening to them.  We used to see employees of the owners’ other businesses coming in to ask for their pay, too.

        • Marina December 3, 2022 (11:14 am)

          Source? Are you serious? Do a google search. 

        • No Name December 3, 2022 (1:15 pm)

          As someone who worked there I can say this is true 

        • KT December 3, 2022 (5:17 pm)

          Dude, it takes a minute to do a Google search. The rest of us are too busy to reply to your comment.

          • MLS December 8, 2022 (10:40 am)

            No you’re not.

    • my two cents December 2, 2022 (7:35 pm)

      dzag – unless you have real, actual knowledge about this situation – and are able to cite sources, feel it is rather unfair to directly or indirectly place the onus on the owner of the building for the eviction. Baseless accusations don’t do anyone any good. 

      • J December 3, 2022 (1:15 am)

        I have been hearing this for a few years from random restaurant service people around west seattle but I remember I did see this also on Reddit too about it. https://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/zty0p/stolen_wages_and_violent_threats_a_recently/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

      • Laura December 3, 2022 (10:13 am)

        Who else would be responsible for an eviction other than the owner of the building…? And they say right in the story that they are a party to the action. Not sure what you’re getting at here.

        • Mike December 3, 2022 (3:09 pm)

          Yeah 146k behind on rent yeah that’s a fact they are being evicted and that much seems like they could have been getting help

      • Case December 3, 2022 (11:33 am)

        https://seasol.net/blog/2012/10/03/pegasus-pizza-pays-up/This is from a workers rights group that helped a couple cooks get their pay. I worked there in high school, never got paid on time, managers gave excuses for why I couldn’t get paid, other co workers got paid with bounced checks. Ask any young adult aged 16-20 who has worked at Pegasus and they will tell you the same. You know you are from West Seattle when Ted owes you money!! 

      • dzag December 3, 2022 (11:56 am)

        @my two cents I sincerely hope you’re right and that the land lord will be able to attract another business that will stay for a very long time. This article did not mention wage theft and I am very against any business that doesn’t pay their employees. @wsb do you know a public resource that people can search for labor violations??? My main concern is I’ve seen a lot on this blog about long term LEGITIMATE small businesses closing probably including mom and pop landlords struggling in this current economic environment and hope that things work out right for all legitimate small businesses involved. Thanks again WSB for great reporting 

      • dzag December 4, 2022 (1:34 pm)

        @my two cents This post did not mention the wage theft or  business practices which shouldn’t be supported. Every few years I have seen several small businesses come and go on Alki and  it is appearing that several small businesses in our area are struggling. Small Businesses are the heart and soul of the community, and with a potential recession I hope our community can come together and support all of our small businesses including Mom and Pop Landlords.             

    • KJ December 3, 2022 (6:06 am)

      ? Your second sentence doesn’t make sense. 

      • Mike December 3, 2022 (3:11 pm)

        It kinda does make sense 

    • LER December 3, 2022 (12:04 pm)

      I guess I don’t understand the comment of “fair revenue”.  We don’t know the story of what the lease was and how that relates to “fair market” lease values in that area.   It sounds like the leaseholders we’re already getting zero revenue for above and beyond period of time and that having an empty building for a while won’t change anything.  

  • Buddy December 2, 2022 (1:33 pm)

    First Spiro’s is leaving and now Pegasus pizza. No more good pizza to eat in West Seattle that my stomach is able to handle.   I guess that the workers better run to the unemployment office to get in line fast! The last time I ate there was many years before Covid and it was so flipping cold inside it was unpleasant! I preferred their original location.

    • Westwood December 2, 2022 (5:56 pm)

      In case you’ve not been paying attention over the last year or so…there is no shortage of employment available for food service workers. 

      • Jennifer Kelly December 3, 2022 (8:56 am)

        Thats inaccurate info. Im an Instaworker and there are not enough jobs to go around in the restaurant industry. Either employers in the area are too damn choosy and keep their current staff doing double duties and not hire, or the number of food service employees outweighs the demand. I literally have to watch my Instawork app around the clock for job notifications in order to book work posted- that literally gets booked by another Instaworker within seconds.

        • JayGuyP December 3, 2022 (7:43 pm)

          Lol you have no clue what you’re talking about, I’m an industry worker and I can walk in almost anywhere and can get a job. This is an employee’s market for once.

  • NephewOfA70YearOldBankSecurityGuard December 2, 2022 (1:53 pm)

    Amazing news, especially after hearing they have a long-term history of not paying their teenage workers.Hopefully a more honest business owner can take over the spot and offer some good food.

    • VJ December 2, 2022 (7:30 pm)

      That is what happened to our daughter, she had to cash her checks Wells Fargo and most of the time the bank wouldn’t cash them because there wasn’t money in the account to pay the check.Ridiculous, we haven’t been there in the last ten years because of that.

  • The Don December 2, 2022 (2:11 pm)

    Ugh.  Two of my go-to’s now extinct.  I know folks say there is a lot of pizza on The Rock, but Pegasus and Spiro’s were community institutions (at least pre-pandemic) in addition to just being pizza joints.  They’ll be missed.

  • Apizzapie December 2, 2022 (2:35 pm)

    Soprano’s Antico blows this place out of the water. Actually some of the best in the city, and nearby. Weren’t there also historical issues of non-payment to employees at Pegasus? 

    • K December 2, 2022 (3:50 pm)

      Basic, overpriced pizza in a tacky atmosphere. No thanks. 

    • Sue H December 2, 2022 (4:07 pm)

      I agree about Sopranos Antico. I discovered them last year and they are hands down the best pizza I’ve had around here in a long time. Everything on their menu that I’ve tried has been great, and I love their calzones. I don’t normally even like red pizza sauce, and theirs is delicious. I like Proletariat also, but Sopranos has a much more varied menu.

    • Latesha B December 2, 2022 (7:14 pm)

      Actually, no it doesn’t.  That place is very mediocre.  It doesn’t belong in the same conversation as Pegasus in terms of pizza quality.  

    • Kris Louise December 3, 2022 (9:37 am)

      I have been there 3 times, each with a “I’ll give them another shot” attitude.  Each time the service was horrible. Once I went alone, had a book with me and was very low maintenance. The staff was hanging out at a table with one of their families and flat out ignored me, maybe because I was the only other person there. When I wanted more diet coke, I literally had to take my empty glass over to the seated server and ask for more. My salad had the wrong dressing and there were no knives at my table. I was the ONLY person there. I’m super easy going, not a constant complainer, but can’t even remember anything about the food (good or bad) because the poor service tainted the visits. 

  • RayWest December 2, 2022 (2:36 pm)

    I’m shocked, by this and also Spiro’s. They have been West Seattle fixtures for so many decades. Little of “Old West Seattle” remains anymore. I wish something could be worked out to save them. Business rent prices are beyond ludicrous, especially for the Alki area as one business after another goes under due to crushing rent.

    • Happy to see them go December 2, 2022 (3:14 pm)

      May be they should’ve paid their employees.  They’ve had that reputation for many years, not just COVID related.

    • my two cents December 2, 2022 (7:39 pm)

      @raywest Do you have actual data for the rent being charged? Can you trace the rent history for the past 15 years? Tired of the knee jerk responses every time a business closes as it seems the automatic reason is the evil landlord, yet no one really seems to be able to demonstrate the business plans in conjunction with the basic overhead of a business. Unless you have that information, it is mere speculation. 

  • MrB December 2, 2022 (2:48 pm)

    A quick search online reveals they’ve been stiffing their employees. Sounds like their business practices have caught up with them. Bummer, we liked their pizza but had I known more I would have never eaten there. 

    • Clay S December 2, 2022 (3:50 pm)

      Precisely. This should not be a shock to anyone.

    • Lisab December 2, 2022 (4:39 pm)

      Good riddance, then.

  • Charles December 2, 2022 (3:02 pm)

    I’ll miss Pegasus. We used to go there after Salsa on Alki and split a pie to fill back up after burning all those calories. 

  • Case December 2, 2022 (3:03 pm)

    Wow! There are so many instances of this business stiffing employees and taking weeks to pay them, giving employees bounced checks to cash, the list goes on and on and this has been happening for years! Their pizza is good but I still say peace out… 

  • Anne December 2, 2022 (3:09 pm)

    There’s always Christo’s on  Alki! Great pizza!

    • Courtney December 2, 2022 (8:34 pm)

      Another vote for delicious christos!!

    • BG December 2, 2022 (9:13 pm)

      Yes!! There is always Christos. I like their Petro’s Special Pizza

    • Sharon Hendricks December 3, 2022 (7:25 am)

      Christo’s does have delicious pizza!

    • WSB11 December 3, 2022 (4:51 pm)

      Not only is Christos absolutely delicious, but both the Fotopoulos’ (Christos owners) and the Nicoloudakis’ (Pegasus owners) frequent my place of business. I must say, the Fotopoulos’ are far more polite, respectful and  pleasant to work with. 

  • Sue H December 2, 2022 (3:12 pm)

    Meanwhile, just yesterday they posted on their Instagram page that they were hosting Santa photos later this month, that they were going to be closed until 4pm Friday (today) due to oven issues, and they were selling gift certificates. A little bit of mixed messaging there!

    • WSB December 2, 2022 (3:30 pm)

      Sometimes places reopen post-eviction notice, which is why our story does not declare them closed, just the visible/quantifiable facts:
      -notice on door
      -door cabled shut
      -court case

      We’ll be going by later to look. As for the Santa event, that is in our Holiday Guide too, sent to us yesterday by their marketing person – TR

      • Sue H December 2, 2022 (4:10 pm)

        I understand that, and I’m not accusing you of the mixed message. It’s just that the notice says that if we see trespassers – which includes the evicted people – on the premises that were supposed to call 911. So I find it very unlikely that they’re going to be open this afternoon as their social media message implied

    • onion December 2, 2022 (5:02 pm)

      Pegasus was selling gift certificates while under an eviction notice? I hope nobody bought one. They’d be stiffing customers as well as employees … and their landlord. We always liked the Tom’s Special but this leaves a really sour aftertaste.

      • Sue December 3, 2022 (10:48 am)

        Not necessarily. They posted about gift cards 5 days ago so it probably predated the notice on the door. But you don’t just get notices posted on your door, you’re usually notified that you’re going to be evicted and no it’s coming if you don’t do something to fix the problem. I posted a question on their social media about why the mixed messaging with their advertising upcoming events and yet have an eviction notice on their door, and they deleted my comment without reply.

  • Shadowtripper December 2, 2022 (3:16 pm)

    Let’s see if I’ve got this straight?  In July the business owed $146,000 in back rent and an eviction process was started.   5 months later after not receiving any rent for the property the business is finally thrown out on the street by the court requiring the Sheriffs department to chain the door.  Where is some compassion for the property owner who has had to continue to pay property taxes, insurance, property upkeep and a mortgage payments without any income from the owner.  Personally I believe a business fails due to circumstances that are usually due to bad business practices.   I’m reasonably sure the property owner attempted to avoid eviction due to the City Council making it near impossible to evict anyone or business during the pandemic.  That said the real tragedy is that West Seattle loses a business that has been in business 15 +years and the property owner risks loosing the investment due to a business that hasn’t pain rent for several years.  Just thinking….

    • hj December 2, 2022 (5:50 pm)

      On one hand, I agree that there is a culture around here of not criticizing local businesses, which I believe is unjustifiably lionizing and stifles honest discussion.

      On the other hand, I definitely don’t have any additional sympathy for commercial landowners. They’re not guaranteed an income stream any more than anyone else, and the possibility of having to pay mortgage and property tax for an unrented property is a risk they should have recognized when they got into the game, so maybe they should plan ahead for these things, like any other properly-run business.

      • alki_2008 December 3, 2022 (1:23 am)

        I agree with you that landlords should expect to pay carrying costs when spaces are vacant, but this space has not been vacant.  If a space is vacant, then a landlord can make efforts to re-rent and get a paying tenant in the space, but when a business “unlawfully detains” the premises without paying rent then a landlord is prevented from even trying to move in a paying tenant.

        Also consider that when a space is vacant, then utilities costs are minimal. But when a business continues to run their business, then utility costs are higher and the landlord is liable for any utilities that are unpaid. I don’t know if Pegasus has been paying the utilities during this time, but if they have not, then the landlord will have to foot that bill as well.

    • WSBorn&Raised December 2, 2022 (6:09 pm)

      Pegasus Pizza has been around for much longer than 15 years… I went there as a young child and it was an fun hangout with friends in high school. It’s sad that this has happened, hopefully someone can take over and have better business practices because I would hate to see a long time WS institution go. 

      • alki_2008 December 3, 2022 (1:26 am)

        The article doesn’t say that Pegasus has only been around for 15 years, but that they were in this specific location for 15 years. Before that, they were in a different location on the street.

    • Kyle December 2, 2022 (8:37 pm)

      I’m sure the long time property owner has made hundreds of thousands if not million in profit off rent over the years, not to mention the millions in equity they now have despite the 5 months of trouble with this tenant. The tenant is at fault here and I support the eviction moves. However, I’m not going to cry a river for the poor, multi-million property owner. I’d gladly switch places to be so lucky.

      • Adam December 3, 2022 (7:17 am)

        Hell yeah. I was scouring the web and any dictionary I could find for the full and complete definition of a hater, yet here it is.

    • Derek December 6, 2022 (9:13 am)

      Why should wealthy properly owners get compassion? Especially here? 

  • Tina December 2, 2022 (3:30 pm)

    Looks like it’s been in the works since July… I looked up the cause number on the KC RC portal.  Sad, we did like their crust a lot.  :(

    • WSB December 2, 2022 (3:35 pm)

      Our story notes this was filed in July. I read many of the case documents before publishing this.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul December 2, 2022 (3:44 pm)

    They also didn’t pay some of their employees and still owe them money.. and it’s been a long time. Very unfair to those young people.

  • Clay S December 2, 2022 (3:48 pm)

    Is anyone truly surprised by this? Friends and neighbors for years have spoken about them bouncing paychecks, and boorish behavior from the owners.

  • MacJ December 2, 2022 (3:49 pm)

    A member of my family was employed there as a teenager, back before Pegasus moved buildings. Their payroll practices were extremely sketchy, to the point that an L&I complaint was looked into. Even though we loved their pizza (especially the old Tom’s Special) we stopped going after we saw how they treated employees.

  • Lola December 2, 2022 (3:59 pm)

    They had several demonstrations in front of their business when they were not paying their employees.  It is sad when a business does not treat the employees well.  We liked their food just not their business practice.  I guess it looks like they took advantage of their landlord as well. 

  • KW December 2, 2022 (4:22 pm)

    Always sad to hear about businesses closing. From my understanding, this particular spot was poorly run and employees weren’t paid consistently.

  • Beto December 2, 2022 (4:31 pm)

    It saddens me to see that many places I used to go with my late spouse have closed since he past past away on 2020.  It’s kind of depressing to see all these changes, maybe because I would like to see the same things I used to see when he was with me, but I know everything changes. But still is depressing. 

    • Westseattlegirl December 2, 2022 (5:36 pm)

      I promise there are soooo many  businesses that deserve your loyalty and support but this isn’t one of them. I’ve lived in West Seattle my entire life, and this place was notorious for stiffing their employees amongst many other things that can’t be written on the Internet.

  • TJ December 2, 2022 (4:34 pm)

    This city has created a nightmare for property owners in the process it takes to evict a delinquent tenant. Not just the residential side, but commercially the true scope isn’t even understood. It’s one thing to fall behind on rent, but another when someone has entirely stopped paying and is obviously in debt to the point that they won’t try to catch up. Yet once the legal process starts it takes many months to get an eviction, all the while not collecting rent. I hope there is a huge collective legal suit against Seattle 

  • 2cents December 2, 2022 (4:55 pm)

    I hope Top Pot moves back in to Alki, that was such a great spot to go to with the kids most mornings.

  • Paul December 2, 2022 (5:21 pm)

    They have also had a history of not paying vendors.  It’s very unfortunate for all involved.  

  • MM December 2, 2022 (7:15 pm)

    Pegasus prices have gone up like crazy $37.00 for a large pizza (almost 40 bucks for a pizza !!!???)  and $24.00 for a small?!  Compared to other pizza places this is outrageous.  Seemed like there was something that was up and there sure was. 

    • BG December 2, 2022 (9:22 pm)

      You have to wonder why the other places prices didn’t go up. What products are they using or are using now? Prices have gone up for a lot of the things sold on pizzas. Did you know Wild wings had to stop selling wings at one point recently because of inflation on chicken? Prices are going up not down. So I would question it. And also rents stay high while pandemic hurt a lot of businesses. A business struggles unfortunately, especially restaurants 

    • J December 3, 2022 (9:29 am)

      That “something” is probably the rent.

  • Robert J Schmidt December 2, 2022 (8:14 pm)

    A lot of presumptions and conjecture in the comments but hats off to WSB for their usual good presentation of facts.

  • Alki resident December 2, 2022 (8:16 pm)

    Good riddance. 

  • Don Bardy December 2, 2022 (8:17 pm)

    This building will sadly remain vacant for months if not years the same way the space previously occupied by Top Pot Donuts is.  The rent is too high.  

    • BG December 2, 2022 (9:50 pm)

      I agree. Rent is obviously too high!! And then you add a Pandemic to it. What are you supposed to do? Nobody has rented the Top Pot place in over 2yrs now. 

    • WestSeattleBadTakes December 2, 2022 (10:01 pm)

      Our supposedly small business loving neighbors asked for this.

    • Josh December 3, 2022 (3:19 am)

      Top Pot did not leave willingly.  The landlord did not allow them to renew their lease so that they could build the building up by adding luxury apartments or condos above the ground level and did not want tenants during construction.  

    • John December 3, 2022 (10:57 am)

      It’s not just the rent it’s the outrageous property taxes! Over 60% voter approved with 57% supposed to be going to the schools. My grandmother’s home went up $150,000 in value from what it was a year ago even though nothing has been done to it. She’s going to be contesting the property taxes this year

  • BG December 2, 2022 (8:55 pm)

    Sad to see them go. The Pandemic is at fault. All these other businesses on the block are closing too but for other reasons. How do you expect a business to last. I understand about the property owners too suffering from this but the business suffered too. My favorite place to go to with my partner. I’ll miss the Alki Special. 

    • Alki resident December 2, 2022 (9:08 pm)

      The pandemic had nothing to do with it. They should’ve been shuttered years ago. 

    • John December 3, 2022 (10:55 am)

      One of the big issues is property value being absolutely out of control and property taxes being raised and unreasonable amount causing rents to go up. My grandma’s house that hasn’t had any work done to it since the ’80s aside from a little paint and new windows went up $150,000 in value from what it was a year ago. She’s going to be contesting the property taxes for the first time in 30 years of living in the house

  • BG December 2, 2022 (9:44 pm)

    How do you catch up when you’re constantly trying to catch up. It’s unfortunate about the employees not getting paid. I hope that they eventually did. 

  • Al December 2, 2022 (10:04 pm)

    This is just the beginning, restaurants are done, pizza by the slice in very busy spots still work, any place that has good cheap takeout in very busy area will do well, everything else is done. This place was sick before covid killed it

    • aa December 3, 2022 (7:08 am)

      Maybe done for Al,  overall I disagree with your prophecy.   

  • Mj December 2, 2022 (10:06 pm)

    The City and State have some culpability in this due to the extended restrictions on evictions.  This allowed businesses and people to keep digging themselves deeper and deeper into a hole!

  • Zorde December 3, 2022 (5:53 am)

    Sad I love the their food 

  • MondVogel December 3, 2022 (8:28 am)

    Try Pizzeria Credo – proper pizza

  • J December 3, 2022 (9:28 am)

    When these greedy property management companies are charging over 100k in rent annually, not many “small businesses” can exist. 

    • Cris December 3, 2022 (8:00 pm)


    • K December 3, 2022 (8:57 pm)

      They have a history of not paying their employees going back a decade.  I don’t think the landlord is the greedy one here.

  • AdmiralRunner December 3, 2022 (9:33 am)

    Also Pizzeria 22 is great!

  • Bob December 3, 2022 (10:00 am)

    I ordered a pizza and and salad to go yesterday about 2pm. The order was placed through ChowNow.  I left to run some errands and showed up at the resaturant at 5pm.  It was obvious something was not quite right.  I was wondering if they had moved.  I went to the front door expecting to see a note explaining the situation.  The eviction notice had either been covered or removed.  I had forgotten to bring my cell phone with me when I left home, so all I could do was go home.  By the time I arrived home at about 5:15 I had an email and voicemail from ChowNow explaining that the restaurant had closed suddenly and I would be getting a credit back on my credit card.   We hadn’t been there since May. What are the odds of catching them on the day they were evicted?

    • 2 Much Whine December 6, 2022 (5:45 pm)

      Bob, Considering they were likely typically closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas I would say the odds are very close to 1/362.25 (accounting for 1/4 day each year for leap year) that you would order this year on the day they were evicted.  If you want to consider that they managed to be open for 15 years it’s probably closer to 1/5434.  Or was that a hypothetical question?

      • Bob December 9, 2022 (2:32 pm)

        I would say the question was a rhetorical question.  However, I think your math is correct if we assume there was a 100% probability of them being evicted at some point in time, as opposed to some other outcome, such as an orderly closing of some sort or a sale to a new owner.  If we knew what percentage of pizza places in Seattle have been evicted over the years and how many have been sold and/or moved, we could make a better estimate.

        • 2 Much Whine December 9, 2022 (3:15 pm)

          I like the way you think and agree that I should have suggested it was rhetorical, not hypothetical.

  • I love beer December 3, 2022 (10:18 am)

    Always great to see how pizza stirs emotions. IMHO, Proletariat makes yummy pies, but Peel n Press on California is the best pizza I’ve tried in West Seattle. If you love pizza, definitely check them out and you’ll see what I mean.

  • S. Jackson December 3, 2022 (11:11 am)

    BG, from what I can tell most people think the pandemic is over. Otherwise, there would be far more people wearing masks in grocery stores and other retail locations – even in West Seattle. So I rather doubt Covid played much of a role as far as a continued drop off in business goes. 

  • marbz December 3, 2022 (2:09 pm)

    Well, then there is this…apparently the owner’s karma just caught up with them…pegasus-pizza-fight

    • wssz December 3, 2022 (6:54 pm)

      Thanks for posting this link. Wow.  What an absolutely miserable legacy to leave behind. It’s remarkable these owners have been able to remain in business as long as they have.

      I’ve known people over the years who worked there and everyone said it was the worst work situation they encountered even years later. They were regularly shorted on their paychecks and trying to collect their final check was next to impossible. I hope all of the employees landed on their feet and found ethical and kind employers who valued them. 

      To the owners of Pegasus Pizza: Your time has clearly run out of taking advantage of people who tried their best but were treated incredibly poorly by you. Your history and actions are unforgiveable. If you dare open another business, everyone beware and stay far away — no employees, no customers, no vendors. The names: Pegasus Pizza Owner: Ted Nicoloudakis ; General Manager: Sarah Suseyi. 

  • AK December 3, 2022 (2:12 pm)

    This was a heartbreaking post to read for multiple reasons. Not only because of being a long time fan of their food and a semi-regular, but also to learn of all these reports of them not paying employees properly. This eviction says a lot about what’s been going on behind the scenes – what a shame!

    The Alki Special was my favorite pizza in the city. Time to hunt down a good alternative.

  • Tired of Delrirge December 3, 2022 (2:35 pm)

    Went there 2-3 times 6-7 years ago. I remember thinking their food was sub par for a restaraunt. Never went back.

  • Navi December 3, 2022 (7:57 pm)

    The rent is outrageous in US because landlords lobbying Congress, rent or shelter should never be that expensive it’s should be affordable and never used as mainstream to generate income or make money. 

    • Flat_broke December 4, 2022 (8:33 am)

      Look at property tax valuations. My property tax went up 55% in 2021 so now 1/3rd of my mortgage is county property tax. Those costs get passed down to renters.

    • Shadowtripper December 4, 2022 (8:46 pm)

      If purchasing income property was forbidden to be used to generate income or make money, no-one would invest.  No one investing, no property to rent.  The incentive to take the risk and purchase income property is benefiting from the income it produces.   The Seattle City Council & State has continued to increase property taxes on commercial and residential property.  Insurance costs, maintenance and recent damage caused by hoodlums smashing windows & graffiti removal may seem trefoil unless you are the person having to pay it.  If you feel rents are too high stop voting for those that continue to add costs that get added on to your rent.  

  • on board December 4, 2022 (10:03 am)

    First I’ve heard of the labor issues with this place. So very sad. I’m surprised I never heard of this. I always appreciated their location in the restaurant mix of Alki, even though the pizza wasn’t my fave since I prefer thin crust and wood fired. It must have had something going for it to be successful at Alki for all these years where so many restaurants seem to fail. Shame they couldn’t do so ethically. A real loss for everyone.

  • M-L December 4, 2022 (1:42 pm)

    Alki is brimming with restaurants and already has their pizza front covered. I’d much rather see a corner store go up in that location, as the loss of Alki Urban Market has never been filled and now makes picking up one or two small items a driving trip rather than a walking one. If they don’t want the hassle of tearing out the kitchen, I’d love to see something like Wildwood Market, which has half their space reserved for essentials and groceries and the other half for made-to-order sandwiches and coffee. Bring back the neighborhood corner store!

  • AL December 5, 2022 (3:10 pm)

    west Seattle so going down hill.that pizza place was the best.

  • FRANK BOOTH December 6, 2022 (11:43 am)

    Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden is delivering on his promise to build an economy that works for working families I guess Pegaus Pizza didn’t get the memo..RIP – I’ll miss THE GREEK SALAD & FETA BREAD!

    • aa December 7, 2022 (9:22 pm)

      In my opinion, drawing a correlation between this business that has not held to it’s responsibilities to consistently pay its employees, vendors, or landlord, and our current President is beyond ridiculous.  When you fondly remember that greek salad, also remember that it was likely prepared and served to you by people who were not getting paid on a regular basis. The owners of this business were selfish. Rather then accept the financial reality of their failing business and close, they selfishly stayed open causing financial strain on everyone in their path.  That decision lays solely at their feet.    

  • Alkivista December 7, 2022 (12:35 am)

    Best pizza in town! Only competitor was Northlake Tavern  back in the day.  Out of range.  Seems odd the way this hit without warning. Kinda brutal – not just to the owner, but to the loyal workers who now will certainly not get paid. Naysayers aside, they had a viable business with a singular product for decades with a loyal customer base .  Survived COVID right side up – not an easy feat. Then all of a sudden they capsize after the storm is over.   Might there have been a massive rent increase like I have heard of elsewhere in West Seattle?  I would be interested in hearing what the owner has to say. Could this be a place for compassionate crowd funding to keep one of our favorite places alive? And what or who is Alki37LLC?  

    • WSB December 7, 2022 (7:32 am)

      -We would be interested to hear what they have to say, too, and sought comment through several channels, but to date have not received a reply. We are reachable 24/7 if they change their mind about commenting.

      -According to documents in the court file, per questions you asked – (a) No, according to court documents, this did not “hit without warning” – aside from the fact that, as we wrote above, the court action was filed in July, the court documents say the restaurant owners owed the landlords money dating back to last December and had been ordered in March to pay up or get out. A payment plan was then worked out, but the new action alleges that payments weren’t made. (b) No, there was no “massive rent increase” – according to the lease and subsequent “amendments” as shown the court file – the base rent – initially $9628/month going back to the inception of the lease in 2016 – was reduced to $8901 in 2020 because of the pandemic, and the documents say the landlords extended that in 2021. (c) Alki 37 LLC is the landlord/building owner, shown in state files as associated with Alki Property Management (whose office is next to Pegasus). – TR

      • manda December 11, 2022 (7:34 am)

        they dont pay their employees, their vendors, etc. they deserved this. they arent good people

    • PeterPizzaEater December 12, 2022 (1:03 pm)

      Pegasus Pizza also received PPP loans that were forgiven and grants from the city of Seattle. It sounds like they were putting money into their new restaurant by the stadiums – Tony T’s – instead of paying rent or employee paycheckshttps://www.federalpay.org/paycheck-protection-program/nicoloudakis-inc-seattle-wa

    • als December 15, 2022 (7:41 pm)

      There will be no such compassionate crowdfunding set up to a business owner who cannot appropriately pay employees. They clearly couldn’t pay their rent either.

  • MLS December 8, 2022 (10:51 am)

    Sad to see another Alki business go.  There seems to be a number of storefronts empty down there.  Off the top of my head, Pegasus, former Phonecia, former Top Pot donuts, former West Seattle Brewery (across from Pepperdocks), former Alki Beach Pub.  Any others vacant now?  Beginning to give the appearance of dying town.

    • WSB December 8, 2022 (11:24 am)

      As noted yesterday, the former ABP is about to reopen as Driftwood. Former WS Brewing is supposed to undergo construction (along with Ampersand site next door). However, three of the locations you mention have indeed been vacant a while and remain up for lease (the two spaces where Top Pot and various neighbors were, and the former cleaners space next to what’s now Gyros on Alki and had been Phoenecia).

  • Alki eyes December 14, 2022 (4:06 pm)

    I just drove by there and the door was unchained, one of the owners truck was out front. Maybe they used one of their PPP loans to pay back the landlord. Eviction notice still on the front door, aren’t we supposed to call 911?

  • als December 15, 2022 (7:39 pm)

    Sign was being taken down tonight.

    • WSB December 15, 2022 (8:31 pm)

      Thanks. We’ve been going by daily to see if anything was going on (and watching court files) – was still up when we went by late morning.

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