Kathy Casey leaving Ballard, building for sale

Ballard foodie Kathy Casey is reportedly leaving her prime Old Ballard location for a smaller space across the Ship Canal.

The Puget Sound Business Journal is reporting that the nearly 9,000 square foot property with the large brick building that houses “Kathy Casey Studios” and “Dish D’Lish” will be put up for sale, without the use of a broker. The building at 5130 Ballard Ave. has been appraised at just over $1 million. “I want to focus on what I love to do,” Casey told the PSBJ, “which is consulting and the creative side of the business.”(Thanks Ross and Jeff for emailing us!)

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pimp
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pimp

its good she wasn't successful in kicking out the lockspot!

Peachy
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Peachy

She tried to boot out Conor Byrne too. Maybe the new owner will be a nicer neighbor? All I can say is good riddance…

angelatini
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angelatini

Or Conor Byrne!

Ballardian
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Ballardian

Not sure this is a loss…never heard much about her other after the big flap when it looked like she might be kicking out some businesses…lets hope for something cool to fill that space

Finally Spring
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Finally Spring

I only went into Dish D'lish twice, but didn't buy anything because of the high prices. Although I admired the outside of the building, those gilt-edged chairs were kinda scary looking.

But I'd never heard that she tried to get rid of the Lockspot and Conor Byrne! Did she want the Lockspot for her own company? I can't really picture a business like hers, in a building like that.

A Burger, onion rings and a microwbrew – YES!
French Yuppie Salt, and a Amarula Espresso Ecstacy cocktail- NO!

Born right the first time
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Born right the first time

I was never aware of her trying to boot other businesses out, can someone explain that to me?
And can someone explian to me the her appeal? I never thought she deserved any of the attention she got…, really, never understood why people thought she was so great

Miller
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Miller

I've met her — believe me, Ballard is better off without her.

bgirl
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An overly agressive personality like hers, we DON”T need in Ballard. I'm so glad she didn't push her way down Ballard Ave and take over Conner Byrne. By “the other side of the ship canal, does she mean Belltown???

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

She doesn't own the Conor Byrne building anymore. She sold that one over a year ago and the new owners support the bar. I've interacted with her a few times over the years, and my experience has always been pleasant. Her building on the corner of Ballard and Ione is a real gem. My wife and I got married in that space. I wish her all the best.

m
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m

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2006-05-24/arts/a-

Here's the story from the Seattle Weekly from quite a while ago.

The rumor associated with this was that Kathy and husband would constantly call the police about the noise until at one point an officer determined they were living in their workplace in an “illegal apartment” and at that point SPD didn't bother responding to the noise complaints anymore – rumor; just saying….

jon
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jon

She was going to use more of the building for her business and residence than she ended up using. She was originally planning to use the Conor Byrne space when there lease expired and the space she is using now. It was pretty big news a few years ago. Lots of Seattle Weekly coverage.

I like the Lock & Keel and Conor Byrne and I am VERY happy they are going to be around. However, I think all the “Kathy Casey is an evil” talk then, and now, is a total load of B.S. She is the building owner. As long as she is operating within zoning requirements, honoring existing lease agreements, etc. then she has the right to do with her property as she pleases. Whether we agree with her or not is not the point.

Like many I found her to be pretty arrogant when this all went down. At the same time the response of many of the ballad folk showed our worst side IMO.

jules
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jules

see you later, ballard is too cool for her anyway!

Jules
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Jules

The other side of the ship canal is A. Magnolia and B. Lower Queen Anne. Bellotown is much further south; please consult a map.

Also, it wasn't the Lockspot, it was Lock and Keel she was trying to get rid of, along with Conor Byrnes. Well, you move next door to a bar or two, don't expect peace and tranquility!

Sara
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Sara

She's not “nice”, because the new owner hopefully “will be nicer,” she's “overly aggressive” and “vindictive.” Meow! Y'all have got your claws out today, hmmmm?

It's interesting to me that when other businesses in Ballard have closed or moved, the discussion is about the bad economy, or the horrible condo owners driving everyone out, etc etc. When a woman business owner leaves, though, it's all she's not “nice” this and “overly aggressive that” and “good riddance” the other. Verrrrrry interesting.

dineoutguy
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dineoutguy

Dear Sara, nothing sexiest about your comments. Your prejudice is shining through!
Verrrrrry interesting.

Edawg
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Edawg

Ahhh, don't read to much into that one Sara, this has very little to do with being female and a lot to do with business practices and public behavior. I for one didn't care for her personality or her food – emphasis on the food. Uncreative, overly seasoned (salty or sweet), and overpriced. That to me shows that she was a bit out of touch in her approach. Her concepts would probably work very well in L.A.

alex
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alex

Regardless of whether you liked kathy casey or not, she created a great space and maintained it well. The food studios space is amazing and anyone who appreciates a well kept kitchen should appreciate what she created.

I will certainly miss admiring her establishment

Marcy
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Marcy

Does this mean D'd'lish closes too and that godawful sign comes down. Overpriced tourist food in a tourist shop. No wonder she's doing so well at the Airport, tacky, tacky, tacky. After hearing what other businesses go through to get a sign up- per the Historic Ballard Board Process, it is obvious that they bent a little on the design of that sign. Historic? NoFits in with the look of established Historic Ballard? NoGood riddance of that obnoxious, boorish hussy. Go back to Bellevue with your cheap life.Hooray for the Conor Byrne! Everybody should keep an eye out on the new “french” restaurant up in the Obermaier Machine building. One of the owners is the owner of the biggest scourge in Fremont, the Ballroom. The meatmarket bar for the “high heels and testosterone set”.Out and out street brawls by frat boys and their like regularly at closing time. Police are called constantly. The amped out Pioneer Square and Belltown weekend cocaine culture has migrated north. The bar that ruined Fremont and led to a exodus of folks moving out of Fremont. The Fremont Council would love to shut that bar down.Hope you are getting rich enough to go ruin another… Read more »

Furious George
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Furious George

And on behalf Conor Byrne fans everywhere: Good riddance!

m
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m

Yeah – I gotta call bullsh*t on your comment Sara – sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. From one girl to another let me tell you that Kathy's reputation is well deserved and has nothing to do with ovaries.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Thanks for the tie- in re: the ballroom, it's certainly worthy of some healthy skepticism.

Finally Spring
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Finally Spring

Ah, the Lock & Keel, not the Lockspot, as was previously stated. I was having a tough time wondering why she'd want to move into the Lockspot, as much as I love it!

Jules
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Jules

Bella's was owned by a woman, as was Annabelles's, as was Patty Pan, so this comment is not valid. One of the 3 owners of Olsen's Furniture, was a woman as well. (they retired, didn't go out of business.) Being a woman has nothing to do with it. Two of the 4 owners of Jacobsen's Boats are women.
That said, I am not sorry to see Casey go. Her reputation preceded her, and what she tried to do to Conor Byrnes and the Lock & Keel was plain nasty.

alex
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alex

I heard that the “french” restaurant is going to be owned by the former owner of Veil, a far cry from the ballroom.

jules
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jules

sara:
my statement about her was not at all bc she is a woman! just so you know, i used to have a roommate that bartends at conor byrne and we were all very interested in the “deal” back when she was trying to “scoot out” those 2 bars right by her. my comments are based on exactly how she treated me, my friends, and alot of patrons to C.B. and The Lock & Keel. Sorry to offend friends of hers, she just was a very nasty person to deal with and personally, i think all the nasty people in the city should all go live, bitch & moan elsewhere.

boardbrown: i bet your wedding in her building was gorgeous and i hope my comment did not irritate you!

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