Lombardi’s to close next month

On October 9th, the 23-year-old Lombardi’s restaurant on Market Street will close its doors for good.

The news was announced today on the restaurant’s blog. Owner Diane Symms says that her daughter will take over the restaurant business, keeping the two other Lombardi’s locations, in Issaquah and Everett, open, but the Ballard location will close.

From the blog:

Symms made the decision to close the Ballard Lombardi’s after being approached by another local entrepreneur. She can’t reveal much about the transaction but said the new owner has deep roots in the Seattle restaurant community. The new restaurant will be a “gastro pub” and expects to be open in early December. Details on the new restaurant will be announced by its owner in the coming weeks.

Before closing in Ballard, restaurant-goers can enjoy the “infamous” Lombardi’s Garlic Festival with garlic creations from appetizers to ice cream. On September 25th, there will be a special musical performance by the Voices of Seattle, a local Jazz/R&B group.

Stay tuned for more information on the “gastro pub” that will replace Lombardi’s. (Thanks @toddbishop and @Carlman03 for the tip via Twitter.)


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James Donaldson
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Total speculation, but could it be Douglas?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

NNNOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Sigghh……oh well. Man, I’ve enjoyed that place since my twenties. Never have been disppointed. I’ll miss them!

Meanwhile, hopefully “gastropub” (wikipedia, here I come) will not be a pretentious and awful as I fear, and it will be nice to have Tom Douglas finally in Ballard. Thats my guess, anyway.

Crud

Ballard Bennett
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Ballard Bennett

Interesting – that’s a prime location. Tom Douglas?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Like I said, below, I’ll bet it is.

oldHippyGirl
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oldHippyGirl

Darn — It’s been a comfortable, quiet standby for years. What the heck is a gastropub? Beer and over-expensive noshes, I’m guessing.

Plus1forTomDinBallard
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Plus1forTomDinBallard

R.I.P.

Alonzoneighbor
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Alonzoneighbor

from Wiki: A gastropub is a pub/bar that serves a higher standard of food than your typical pub grub or bar food. This concept got its start in the UK but has been speading ever since and is gaining traction in major US cities such as New York. The gastropub was also used in a recent episode of Kitchen Nightmares in which Gordon Ramsey converted a US restaurant into a gastropub.

Anthony
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Anthony

Great another gastropub, say what you will about this place but I will miss smelling that roasted garlic blocks away.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I hate to be one of the negative ones, but I don’t care for beer, and I’ll bet “gastropub” means “expensive” pub. Dang it, I wanted to love the idea of TD coming here!

Juliana
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Juliana

I wish the new place well (and the Lombardi’s folks, too), but the description “gastro pub” has got to go. As far as I’m concerned, “gastro” is short for gastroenteritis.

j.walterweatherman
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j.walterweatherman

I was always underwhelmed by Lombardi’s… looking forward to the new place!

Y-T
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Y-T

I like Alfy’s pizza

Y-T
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Y-T

I like Alfy’s pizza

Lynnie
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Lynnie

It definitely is Tom Douglas – I have heard him say in public on several occasions that he was planning on opening a gastropub (those exact words) in Ballard.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I hate being blasted in the face with garlic just for choosing to walk down 22nd. Good riddance.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Maybe the gym won’t smell like hot, steamy garlic anymore…

Barfly
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Barfly

Gotta laugh, you could serve sliced cardboard with ketchup on it and some of those old Scandos in there would never have known the difference.

Vote yes on Tom Douglas.

Rubenvictor
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Rubenvictor

I heard Harvey’s Tavern is going to open back up in this location.

BHS68
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BHS68

Seems like a good location for a drugstore . . . .

Moniquepayton
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Moniquepayton

The Harvey’s rumor is totally legit. I bumped into Audrey and John at the 4 B’s a few weeks back and they could hardly contain their excitement at having found a new home after such a long hiatus from stuffed bunny rabbits and golfball-sized sausages on huge, thick pies. The only thing that could possibly muck it up is if those fucking Burke-Gilman bike advocates try to get a trail to run through the center of the building. That’s no worse than what they want now down past Fred Meyer. Good thing my truck has a sturdy grill. I’m a CEO!

Sarah
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Sarah

That’s what I’m thinking, too. Tom Douglas was, after all, eyeballing a location down the street…

Lc
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Lc

It is not Tom Douglas and it is not Harvey’s Tavern. But it will be good.

Lc

Stapler
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Stapler

oh give it a rest. you act as if the bike trail wants to use anything but public property that some d-bags want to use as parking for their business.

is that truck comment a threat? you’re a disgusting person if it is.

Moniquepayton
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Moniquepayton

It’s not a threat, it’s a promise. And these colors don’t run!

Qwerty
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Qwerty

Meh. I’ve had mixed experiences at Lombardi’s over the years, but I’m sorry to see yet another longtime Ballard institution go, and yet one more neo-Belltown enclave stuck in its place.

All we get now are bars. Oh yeah, that’s exactly what Ballard needs, another bar. Yeah, Lombardi’s serves drinks, along with their food. Sounds like the new place will flip that relationship – you go there to drink, and maybe grab a bite on the side. Just what we need.

A sincere question (OK, I’m a fool to ask here…): how many bars does Ballard really need? Or how many bars are good, and how many are too many? Even if you love having one bar after another, could there ever be a point at which there were too many bars? What if EVERY business in Ballard was a bar? Would that be too many?

RIP Lombardis.