BIZNOTE: Wanna Burger and Teriyaki closes

That’s the sign on the door of Wanna Charbroiled Burger and Teriyaki at 1513 SW Holden in Highland Park. After a tip late Monday night about closure plans, we went over at what would have been opening time Tuesday, but they already were shuttered – no sign then, but when we went back in the afternoon, the sign had since been placed. We’ve been unable to reach the restaurant’s ownership by email or phone, and their website has gone down since it was last cached on Sunday, but staff at the SeaMart convenience next door told us that Monday was Wanna’s last day. The restaurant had been open almost a decade; among its predecessors there was the original home of the late, lamented Zippy’s Giant Burgers, which opened in the 16th/Holden spot exactly 15 years ago, moved to White Center three years later, and closed last year.

21 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Wanna Burger and Teriyaki closes"

  • Rick May 3, 2023 (1:31 pm)

    West Seattle is brutal on business.

    • D-Ridge May 3, 2023 (2:08 pm)

      What did “West Seattle” do?

      • Ryan May 3, 2023 (5:11 pm)

        I don’t think Rick is BLAMING west seattle residents in any way….But is rather stating that business out here, for entirely natural, unintentional reasons, struggle to thrive. …and even if they are, what a weird thing to get defensive about. 

  • local May 3, 2023 (1:43 pm)

    Sad. I loved Wanna Burger! If you like the charbroiled style, Habit is a good option. 

  • westseattlebob May 3, 2023 (2:10 pm)

    NOOOOOOO!!! They had an incredible chicken katsu burger. Our neighborhood will be missing a great restaurant option. Sadly another business gone from our neighborhood. I hope someone eventually takes that spot over. WSB, have you heard what their reason was for closing their doors by chance???

    • WSB May 3, 2023 (2:48 pm)

      That’s why I was hoping to reach them but so far multiple phone numbers and email haven’t worked; we also went by again earlier today (on the way to the ramp hole) to see if anyone was there perhaps moving stuff out or ,.. but no.

  • WestSEAresident May 3, 2023 (3:21 pm)

    Any recent updates on the expected opening of the Mexican restaurant that’s expected to take over the prior pizza place that was on California Ave SW in Admiral neighborhood? Thanks 

    • WSB May 3, 2023 (4:57 pm)

      Still progressing through the permit system.

  • The Earl May 3, 2023 (3:48 pm)

    They had wonderful teriyaki.  Burgers were just soso. Would be great to see Zippys move back into the space. 

  • Vanessa May 3, 2023 (4:10 pm)

    Bummer! Some of the best chx teriyaki around. 

  • Cornelius T. Sourdough May 3, 2023 (4:26 pm)

    What a devastating loss!!! I hope all is well with the proprietors. I always enjoyed their product and felt valued as a costumer. They will be missed sorely!

  • Spencer May 3, 2023 (5:04 pm)

    Alas! Wanna Burger, you will live forever in our hearts. 🧡

  • Ryan May 3, 2023 (7:28 pm)

    The building is for sale , wonder if that has anything to do with the closure?

  • Kyle May 3, 2023 (7:50 pm)

    Sorry to see them go. The teriyaki was really good. Hope the owners fill the place with another restaurant. Not many options around there.

  • Travis May 3, 2023 (9:38 pm)

    That was our pandemic hot spot date night takeaway. Thanks for getting us through some rough years Wanna. The terryaki with fried rice was just phenomenal and the people behind the counter were always friendly. 

  • East Coast Cynic May 3, 2023 (9:42 pm)

    Wanna Burger and Teriyaki arguably had some of the best teriyaki in the City period:(

  • nonni May 4, 2023 (8:28 am)

    I hope it’s just due to owners’ retirement wishes, expressed during the pandemic. Best of luck, and thanks for the countless yummy meals!

  • Erik May 4, 2023 (10:36 am)

    They were just ok. Not terrible, not great. Too bad. We are already in a bit of a food dessert on the east side of 9th Ave SW. sad to see another restaurant go.

  • Ws prayers May 4, 2023 (4:18 pm)

    Awe….yes this is a loss …good charbroil burgers habit is ok miss zippys lil Woody’s is good in white center but a little spendy next best burger i guess is 128th and 1st Ave Smokey’s they also had awesome teriyaki fried rice and bbq spare ribs 

  • Robin May 4, 2023 (4:40 pm)

    Noooooo! Teriyaki options are dwindling, but I really enjoyed this place.

  • Spooled May 9, 2023 (5:50 pm)

    A new sign in the door of Wanna Teriyaki says they are doing a remodel.  ECD a month and a half.  Looking forward to it if true!

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