Totem House closes after 62 years in Ballard

Since 1948 people have been eating fish and chips at the Totem House. The restaurant, which sits just across the street from the Ballard Locks, is a yet another neighborhood victim of the economy.

Everything inside is being removed and hauled away. Chairs, the kitchen stove and even the teepee is being dismantled. The owner declined to talk with us, but the sign on the door says it all: “Goodbye friends,” the first line reads, “The economy has overtaken us. We will miss you greatly.”

Nora Charles first posted this in the forum and Cate responded, “I remember my family getting their fish and chips and sitting on the hillside above the locks eating it – must of been forty-five years ago. Hard to see something left from childhood disappear.”

Mechelle Bush has been coming to the Totem House for years. She stopped by Friday afternoon after seeing the sign on the door, not really believing that the Ballard institution has closed. “In the summer, in the winter, I’d stop by and get chowder on the way home from work. Yeah, I’m gonna miss it,” she tells us. “I feel bad for them. A lot of good memories. It’s just tragic.”

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Max
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Max

To the MyBallard blogger: a “[sic]” needs to be inserted after the phrase “must of.”

Max
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Max

To the MyBallard blogger: a “[sic]” needs to be inserted after the phrase “must of.”

robert
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robert

good bye killer grease!

Getalife
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Getalife

no it doesn’t, spelling nazi.

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

It’s not a spelling issue. It’s the complete misuse of a word and bastardization of the intended phrase. The result is a homonymn for the intended “must have,” but it is still f%#king incorrect.

The Swedes are welcome to cite poster Cate’s words, but the moment it rises to the level of an article, they have a responsibility not to propagate the lousy English.

That [sic] is a levee against a rising tide of stupidity.

Barfly
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Barfly

You can never have enough kitsch.

Cate
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Cate

I believe that was the correct use of a colloquial expression which suited the informal nature of the thread.

Lwrseattle
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Lwrseattle

Apparently, I had my last fish sandwich from Totem House just yesterday; at the time I had no idea the restaurant was closing, how sad!

Mark
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Mark

I used to work there back in the mid 70’s. Sorry to see it go. :(

JustSayin'
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JustSayin'

Much as respect your eye for grammatical error, Max, you’re cranking up the level of douchebaggery a bit with your ever-so-helpful editorial advice.

Amthompson77
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Amthompson77

I am very sad to hear about Totems closing. Love the fish and chowder. Would stop in every time I went to Ballard then head to the beach and eat with the seagulls. The Ballard I grew up in is just not the same anymore. Thanks for years of good eats.

Ufo
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Ufo

Why do some people waste so much time and effort on picking on each others grammer? who cares ? it just makes you sound like an ass. If you have that much extra time, volunteer someplace and think of someone else for a change.
Happy New Year!

Shenandoah575
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Shenandoah575

defend it as you may, it’s incorrect.

just like “cardamon”

BallardBasement
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BallardBasement

G’bye Totem House. Never ate there after an employee of ours told us that, as a new worker there, it was “de rigueur” to pee in the chowder. Ick.

donarb
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donarb

Yea, I used to tell my teacher in school, “Why are you picking on my grammar, it just makes you look like an ass?”

Fishstick
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Fishstick

Come on man, really?!

reasonable debate
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reasonable debate

Perhaps it was a peevish post, but the point is valid. Nobody likes to have their grammar corrected, and in perhaps it is inappropriate a forum. Nevertheless, if blogs like this aspire to journalistic credibility, then they must adhere to proper editing standards in their articles. Clarity and proper grammar are part of these standards.

Foghorn Leghorn
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Foghorn Leghorn

So does MyBallard use the MLA or the APA? Commence bickering … now.

SPG
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SPG

I won’t pick on your “grammer”, but I will pick on your spelling. The correct spelling is grammar.
You may think that picking on spelling and grammar makes the picker sound like an ass, but the pickee sounds like an uneducated halfwit when they misspell or misuse common words. We’re not even talking about advancced grammar principles or splitting hairs, but basic mistakes that people should be embarrassed to write. “should of” instead of “should’ve” or “should have” is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
The other telltale signs of someone who didn’t care enough to learn, or now doesn’t care enough to even bother to not look stupid are the misuse of to, too, and two, using there no matter if they’re or their is called for.

TartarTart
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TartarTart

I’m sorry that their food wasn’t good enough for me to have eaten there more often, but it just wasn’t. The chowder tasted of flour and clam base, with only an air-blessing of cream. Even so, I’m sorry to hear that another Ballard business has closed. Perhaps another fish and chips restaurant will open in its place? The Lockspot used to be good, but has really slipped over the last several years. Ballard could really used a decent purveyor of fried fish, and maybe we’ll get one now.

leafdrop
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leafdrop

Your spelling conflicts are boring …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Happy new year!!!!

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

But thank you, Cate, for providing Shenandoah575 and I the opportunity to agree on something!

Happy New Years merriment to all!

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

Correcting my own…

“Happy New Year’s merriment to all!”

Scott
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Scott

Upon reading most comments I have come to the conclusion most people are bleeps. Seattle has become SNARK central. The story could be about free gold and within the 3rd comment we’re talking about spelling and who’s an ass. This is why I give up trying to inform the “experts” on everything that permeate this once fair region. Totem house closed? Simple. More Obamanonics.

Oldskool
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Oldskool

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo0000000000000 :(

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