BIZNOTE: The Swinery announces it’s closing

After 15 years at 3207 California SW, The Swinery is closing. Its proprietors asked us to publish this announcement:

Dearest customers, it breaks our hearts to announce that the Swinery will be closing March 24th, 2024.

The economy has made it impossible for us to continue.

Since 2009 we have had the pleasure of getting to know you, and watching your families grow.

We will not be leaving our beloved West Seattle, so hopefully we’ll see you around town.

Follow us on Facebook, you never know when or where the Swinery may pop up next for your Cassoulet, sausages etc…

Thank you all for everything,

Kim and Danny

The Swinery’s original ownership founded the butcher shop/eatery in 2009; it’s had much acclaim, and even national-TV spotlights – along the way. Kim – who has worked there since that first year – and Danny bought it in 2018. They’ve turned to community help in recent years, and have had The Swinery on the market, but have now decided to close their doors.

ADDED: Kim says she’d like to build an email list to notify people if they do a pop-up, community BBQ, etc. – if you’d want to be on that list, is the address.

25 Replies to "BIZNOTE: The Swinery announces it's closing"

  • WS Resident March 14, 2024 (3:59 pm)

    This is a hard one… my now husband worked there for several years, and I used to often visit him when he was at work. Kim became a close friend and confidant and would let me hang out while I was waiting for my then-boyfriend to finish the last hour of work.  The pandemic made it hard to visit as often, but we would occasionally stop by and chat with Kim and the rest of the gang. The sandwiches and fries were delicious and made with love. The Swinery was like family, and they will be deeply missed in the WS community! The swinery was an important location in my relationship, and this really hurts.

  • WSMom March 14, 2024 (4:23 pm)

    We LOVE the Swinery! So sorry to hear that they are closing. Their food is amazing, and they are so, so, so nice. The Swinery will be greatly missed.

  • Jeff March 14, 2024 (4:25 pm)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The single best sandwich shop in all of Seattle. Heartbreaking

  • Paul March 14, 2024 (4:35 pm)

    So sorry to hear of another local loss.  I know its so hard to keep doors open for a small business.  

  • KT March 14, 2024 (5:33 pm)

    Time to move that gem to White Center!  The last affordable place for rent.

  • Lucy March 14, 2024 (5:57 pm)

    Oh no!   Love this local business.  Friendly staff, awesome products.  I’m sorry.  

  • Alki resident March 14, 2024 (6:17 pm)

    The Swinery fought the good fight. This’ll be a huge loss for West Seattle. So sorry for the owners. 

  • Ly March 14, 2024 (8:43 pm)

    Noooo! I love getting my duck breast from you guys. Such nice people working there too. Sad 😢 

  • Ty March 14, 2024 (9:50 pm)

    Meal prep for the weekend:The Swinery ✅Its a start…

  • Bob March 14, 2024 (10:42 pm)

    Fell to my knees outside a Thriftway. Devastated. 

  • Mike March 14, 2024 (10:59 pm)

    Fanatic food and even better people. Very friendly and helpful every time I visited!

  • SwineTime March 14, 2024 (11:51 pm)

    Such a huge bummer. So many tasty wonderful cuts and products here that you can’t find anywhere else in West Seattle. Already feeling lost without a place to pick up some slab bacon. The in-house sausages and duck breasts they source are a boon to WS home chefs. Lovely owners, too, who I wish all the luck in the world. 

  • Jim March 15, 2024 (1:07 am)

    Another Domino falls in the meat grinder of Urban density

  • James Walker March 15, 2024 (1:07 am)

    Good times to go vegetarian…

  • Stirling March 15, 2024 (3:39 am)

    How sad. I would travel from Magnolia just to get their boudin noir for Noêl.

  • Keenan March 15, 2024 (7:04 am)

    Very sad, I loved this place.  They would always look in the back for bones for my dog when I asked them.  Great burgers too, but I’ll admit they were so expensive I only got them once or twice a year as a treat.

    We won’t really have any high end butcher shops in West Seattle after it closes, will we?  I guess Metropolitan Market will be the new best option?

    • Marlow Harris March 26, 2024 (11:38 am)

      Sad that the Swinery is closing but there’s also the butcher shop at Lady Jaye’s. 

  • lala March 15, 2024 (7:39 am)

    NOOOOOO, this makes me so sad :[

  • Bestofluck March 15, 2024 (8:17 am)

    This is a brutal economy for restaurants right now. Labor costs are very high in Seattle, cost of rent is high, and now the cost of goods are inflated.  Having a family of 4 I’ve all but cut out dinning out anymore, and the truth is I’ve stopped going to the places I love like Swinery. This news is very sad, and unfortunately a sign of the times.  Wishing the owners and workers the best of luck, this was such a wonderful spot. 

  • So Sad! March 15, 2024 (8:58 am)

    The Swinery is the kind of small business that enhances a community. We were lucky to enjoy their great food and friendly staff for so many years. Best of luck Danny and Kim! You will be missed

  • Andy March 15, 2024 (10:44 am)

    There isn’t a better quality tasting burger. Really sad to see them go. 

  • Pookie March 15, 2024 (11:59 am)

    This is a sad loss. I will forever miss the Pulled Pork with Carolina Sauce.

  • RayWest March 16, 2024 (9:25 am)

    Unfortunate news. Good food and loved the quaint, cozy and homey atmosphere. Hope they are reborn in a new location not too far away. Good luck to them.

  • Nancy March 17, 2024 (7:51 am)

    Swinery is one-of-a-kind with duck fat fries (say no to seed oils!!) and a delicious tri-tip sandwich.  Quality costs more, but it was soooo worth it.  Yes, the economy is not good and eating out is much harder on the wallet.  We will miss you and wish you the best and please pop up soon :)

  • LJ March 23, 2024 (6:35 pm)

    I’m sad that another high quality local business is closing. Best of luck to the owners in their future endeavors.  As for another high quality, independent butcher check out Meat The Live Butcher just north of White Center. Tom, the owner is from a family of butchers and such a nice guy!

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