Young American Ale House to close in coming weeks

Restauranteur Maria Hines has come to the difficult decision to close Young American Ale House (1744 NW Market St) for good in the coming weeks. The eatery transitioned from The Golden Beetle in September last year.

Read more details about the closure in Hines’ statement below:

As a restaurateur, there’s always a balancing act in weighing one’s passion as a chef with the reality of operating a successful business. I feel truly fortunate to have so many positive things going on simultaneously.

In this juggling act, and after a lot of patience and hard work, I’ve decided to close my dream pub, Young American Ale House, in the next few weeks in Ballard. I re-concepted Golden Beetle to open Young American Ale House, and with that, had to carry over the debt of Golden Beetle.

Restaurant survival on its own is hard enough and adding the debt on top of that proved too difficult to overcome. I plan to save this great concept for another place at another time and want to thank the wonderful Ballard friends and neighbors we’ve treasured getting to know over the years in that space.

Looking ahead, momentum continues at Tilth (10+ years) and at Agrodolce (5 years this December), both going strong. I’m continuing to advocate on regional food sustainability issues, and entertaining new plans. More exciting news is coming down the road and I’m so grateful for your support!

Guests are encouraged to come in for some of their favorites, including Poutine, Young American Burger, Chicken Pot Pie and signature craft cocktails and local tap beer. Young American Ale House will continue to take reservations for Mother’s Day.

Anthony’s Shilshole to close after 30 years

The My Ballard team is sad to report that long-term Ballard staple, Anthony’s Homeport Shilshole Bay (6135 Seaview Ave NW), will close permanently at the close of business on Sunday, March 27, after 30 years.

The news has been confirmed by Anthony’s restaurant manager and we have reached out to higher management for more information regarding the reasons behind the closure.

The following message has been written on the Anthony’s website:

We are sad to announce that Anthony’s HomePort at Shilshole Bay will be closing. The restaurant’s final day will be Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

We are grateful for the support we have received from the community and look forward to continuing to serve you at our other restaurants.

According to an email from a My Ballard reader, the closure was announced on Tuesday and the reason is a loss of revenue over the years. The reader confirmed that employees have been offered the opportunity to transfer to other Anthony’s locations.

We will update the post when more information is known.

Uma Thai closes its doors for good

Popular Ballard restaurant Uma Thai (5401 20th Ave NW) has closed its doors for good. The My Ballard team stopped by and took the below photo this morning after seeing a for lease sign in the window.


The phone has been disconnected and there is no sign in the window to indicate the reason for the closure.

Uma Thai is sure to be missed by many neighborhood. “Of far greater concern to my family than the demise of Paseo, it seems that Uma Thai may be out of business. We’ve tried to go twice and found it closed. Now they are not answering the phone. We will really, really miss that place,” wrote Angeline on the My Ballard forum.

The My Ballard team will continue to investigate the reason for the closure and update the story.

Phinney’s Santa Fe Cafe to close for good

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The Santa Fe Café (5910 Phinney Ave N) on Phinney Ridge is set to close its doors after 30 years of business on January 1.

Owner Drew Bloom, announced the news on Facebook on December 2 with the following message:

Dear Friends of The Santa Fe Cafe,

Due to mitigating circumstances, I’ve reached the decision that The Santa Fe Cafe will be closing its doors January 1, 2015. This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

I will be looking for work (after some time off!) so if any of you have your ear to the ground or know of somewhere where my talents could be utilized, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks again to the greatest clientele in the City of Seattle.


Seattle Eater reportedly spoke to a staff member that confirmed the closure is due to the landlord not renewing the restaurant’s lease.

The Santa Fe Café was originally opened in 1981 by brothers Steve and Greg Gibbions on Ravenna Ave. The brothers opened the second location in Phinney, shutting the Ravenna Ave location at the end of the 1980s.

Drew Bloom bought the business in 2008, more than 25 years after starting on staff as a dishwasher at the café in 1985.

The café is sure to be sorely missed by fans all over NW Seattle and beyond.

The Santa Fe Café will be open as usual for dinner seven days a week from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and for lunch on weekends 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. until the closure on January 1.