Chai House planning to close, employees say

With a “For Rent” sign in the window, employees at Mr. Spot’s Chai House are telling curious customers that the popular Ballard hangout is planning to close at the end of the month. An employee told My Ballard that the decision was made after they learned of a rent increase, and the Chai House may reopen soon in a new space, yet to be determined.

The Chai House is in a prime location right next to Bergen Place on Leary, and a sign in the window says that rent will cost $4,800 a month on a 3-5 year lease. The cafe is often busy with Ballard residents drinking coffee, tea and beer and enjoying the free WiFi. The Chai House also hosts live music, performance art and a small art gallery. We’ll update this story as we learn more later today.

(Thanks OldHippyGirl for the tip in the forum!)

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busdrivermike
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busdrivermike

Where will the urban campers go now to fence the stuff they steal in Magnolia?

Oh, the humanity!

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Where will the bums hangs out that all the 20 yr old hackey sack playing neo-hipppies confuse for 'wise old sages'?

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

I'll miss the smell of petrulli oil and chai in the morning…..sniff!

great idea
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great idea

I always thought that park (Bergen) would be much more palatable if the adjacent cafe (now this empty space) actually opened onto the park, instead of just toward the street.
I'm not sure if this would disrupt the mural on that North wall, but if I rented this space I'd pop a big hole in the wall and put outdoor seating along that whole back part of the park. I believe this area is currently used for illegitamate purposes by the local street population.

Bikes for Bums
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Bikes for Bums

No worries hippies, there's always vagrant-friendly Tullys across the street. Always a couple of bums out front there who can share their wisdom and tell you all about the secrets for their success.

Scott
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Scott

From Capital Hill to Belltown to Ballard. Now where will the new hotpsot be to go? Much like SF, there's only so much land, and too many people. Gee, the cost of rent wouldn't be in that cup of $4.00 coffee would it? And many wonder why things cost so much around these parts.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I'm glad that someone brought up that there are always vagrants hanging outside of Tully's too. I liked Mr Spots (and I'm a tax-paying, showered, home-ownin', middle-class employed person). I'm sad to see it go and see that space turned into an empty storefront like what happened with Epilogue. Broadway on Capitol Hill showed that when there was a block of empty storefronts just past Denny, crime on that street went up. I would rather have a good business like Mr Spots than empty storefronts. Even if god-forbid some of the employees have funny colored hair or dreds.

yayunicorns
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yayunicorns

what's so wrong with hippies? i get it. you must all be yuppies. bah!

Bikes for Bums
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Bikes for Bums

That's right, because yuppies = hippies who grew up. All bored middle class white kids trying to rebel from their bourgeois upbringing. The smart ones realize this by age 30. The dumb ones don't and wind up as either bums themselves, or middle aged divorcees with dead end government jobs like Ms. rose.

JM98107
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JM98107

Empty store fronts in Ballard don't generate much income for the stupid property owners. We are in a recession, so who's going to move in and pay the high rent/leases? This isn't Bellevue.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

Damn

No more places in Ballard to buy heroin after midnight with no references.

Joe
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Joe

That's about the stupidest thing I've ever read on this blog.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

You ain’t seen nothin yet. Give these posters time and their bitterness will astound you.

Kat
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Kat

Yuppie stands for “Young Urban Professional”. Young being mid twenty's to mid, maybe late 30s. Real hippies are all like 60 now. Your statement doesn't make sense.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Except most of these young posters are baristas, waitresses or out of work altogether. I don’t call those professions and they are far from upwardly mobile. I suppose the bitterness comes from the bad timing of their lives meaning they won’t have the chance to max out 40 credit cards and overpay for a house as did those before them.

Dems the breaks kids.

ballardbunny
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ballardbunny

curious if nicole from blackbird already has some insanely overpriced gift store idea for the space since she rents the rest of that block

Mike Karikas
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As a late 20s deodorant-wearing non-hippie, Mr. Spot's closing is the saddest thing I've heard around here in a long time. The space and people were very genuine, and they had a great open mic every week (Flying-V electric ukulele duo, awesome). Great place to get some work done before the music started or have a beer or chai (depending on the mood) later.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

real “yuppies” are now also in their 50s and 60s as they were the young professionals when the term was coined…

Not a Hippie
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Not a Hippie

Hello Landlords? Rent Increases? Right before the pending collapse of commercial realestate prices? With lots of other empty store fronts? $4,800 is a huge amount of rent for a mid traffic retail location like that.

Here come the boring chain stores..

JM98107
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JM98107

Maybe knotty bodies will move in?

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

” Young being mid twenty's to mid, maybe late 30s”

But yuppie is a tired ,old 25 yr old word….tired just like the people who use it.

BallardDINK
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BallardDINK

Holy cow, what's with all this whining about “kids these days”? Good grief, these comments once again demonstrate that myballard is a prime proof of Gabe's Internet Theory.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

How about The Sands off Market!

name
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name

It made me smile. :)

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name

The shelters?