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!)