Babalu patrons came out for one last hurrah on Saturday, February 23, and to wish owner Michael Prineas well wishes for “healing and recovery”. We’re not sure what’s wrong but we did spot him recently, using a walker.
The nightclub is now closed with a “For Lease” sign hanging in the window. The Sotheby’s “For Sale” banner also remains on top of the building.
It will be interesting to see what goes in next. When I moved to Wallingford in 1991 it was a great little bead shop. Then it was a Seattle Best Coffee, and either before or after that a non-chain coffeehouse.
Bummer; although I never went (not really my scene) I thought it was sort of cool having a nightclub on 45th.
I never went either, but I loved the diversity it brought to the neighborhood from a business perspective and a demographic one. It will be interesting to see how quickly they find another tenant.
I appreciated the diversity and wish Id known it was going to close.. they had great salsa which now is in pittsville the u district
How about a good burger place, steakhouse or Italian restaurant. Please, we don’t need another fancy, high priced, hipster, vegan, Thai fusion, or Indian joint… we have enough of that. How about a place that serves great mac and cheese, a full bar and great burgers?
Well if they’re taking requests, how about a delicious bakery? La Boul’ is sadly lacking in quality (in my opinion) and we need the northern version of crumble and flake! Or a Tall Grass?
I think that the person who owns the Madrona Ale House should open a place there. That place is great — good pub food, but family friendly in the early evening.
I foresee a futuristic, high concept bank + hair salon moving in. Just what we need!
i think another thai food joint would be good.
lol @ #3
More history (or at least, what I remember, which isn’t the same thing):
Before this location was an SBC, back in the 80s, it was a jewelry store for some time. Don’t know when it became a bead store (I guess I never noticed that.)
Instead of wishing for a bakery or mac & cheesery, or Thai joint, or whatever – open it.
I think Archie McPhees should open a second location there.
Must I point out the obvious? Pot / bongs / throwing stars shop.
Seriously, with the demise of Tully’s on Meridian, it would be nice to have a decent coffee shop there.
How about a new microbrewery so we can keep up with Ballard.
I am still requesting a health oriented deli w/ organic juice bar.. and a place to practice yoga and/or tai chi or other movement arts
I kinda want a chipotle to open there…..if we are taking votes.