BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Mission Cantina sets reopening date

8:53 AM: Two months ago, new owners were announced for Admiral restaurant/bar Mission Cantina, which had closed in early February after 19 years. This morning, its reopening date has been announced – one week from today. A ribboncutting is planned for 4 pm Tuesday, May 28, according to general manager Mike D. Adams. New owners Gina Topp and Ben Johnson announced in March that they weren’t planning any major changes – “our primary objective is to maintain the community asset that is Mission Cantina.” (If you’ve never been, it’s at 2325 California SW.)

ADDED 10 AM: The formal announcement of the reopening says hours will be 4 pm-midnight Sundays-Thursdays and 4 pm-1 am Fridays and Saturdays.

14 Replies to "BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Mission Cantina sets reopening date"

  • B May 21, 2024 (9:12 am)

    Good news day! Looking forward to getting reacquainted with the MC menu 🌮🌯🫔. 

  • S May 21, 2024 (9:33 am)

    Is this the same Gina Topp who is District 6’s school board representative? 

    • WSB May 21, 2024 (10:13 am)

      Yes, as originally noted when we reported on the new ownership (that story is one of two previous stories linked above).

  • MrWestSide May 21, 2024 (9:50 am)

    Sooo the California Ave Burrito will be back????? 

    • WSB May 21, 2024 (10:13 am)

      Only food info so far, from the news release subsequently sent:

      “Collaborating with our dedicated cook of over a decade, Beto Candejas, we’ve refined our menu to spotlight the signature dishes our customers love.”

      • sbre May 21, 2024 (3:58 pm)

        Beto, Please! Please! Please bring back the nachos plate!!They’re the best dang nachos in the world!!!

    • GM Cley May 21, 2024 (11:01 am)


  • just wondering May 21, 2024 (10:55 am)

    Will there be a new menu?

  • Ron Alexander May 21, 2024 (11:26 am)

    I know from personal experience how difficult restaurant management can be. We are so very elated that our favorite GO-TO West Seattle restaurant, Mission Cantina, has a grand Re-opening coming! We wish you lots of success to keep it going. Seemed it was always crowded with return patrons whenever we dined!! 

  • Steve Randolph May 21, 2024 (4:51 pm)

    Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Best Mexican cuisine in the area, and great service and atmosphere. So glad to see Cley as GM! And, that Beto is staying on. Thanks so much!!

  • PozoleFan May 21, 2024 (5:54 pm)

    I love their Pozole! I can’t wait!

  • grocerylist May 21, 2024 (11:17 pm)

    Please throw-out the old menu/recipes and start over. The food at Mission Cantina was barely edible. The only reason we ever went back was because my daughter liked the toy bin. Make it so adults actually want to go there for the food, not to appease their children.

    • GM Cley May 22, 2024 (11:47 am)

      Thanks for your feedback! We’re keeping the beloved toy bin, of course, and giving our menu a refresh – streamlining and refining customer favorites over time to make sure both kids and adults leave happy.

    • Laura May 22, 2024 (12:21 pm)

      I agree the food was poor. I stopped going there to eat. Hopefully the new chef and kitchen staff will raise the bar. 🥳

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