5 Corners Market & Bar ‘currently closed’

The 5 Corners Market Bar & Kitchen, which replaced Lombardi’s at the corner of 22nd Ave NW and NW Market Street, is closed.

“I went by there last night at 9pm and they were closed,” Hovie Hawk emailed us. “I asked around this morning and it seems they have, indeed, closed down.” Their website says nothing but, “Thank you for your support. We are currently closed.” The restaurant just opened back in December. We’ll update this when we get more information.


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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Never got a chance to make it in there – seems that a lot of companies lately have been investing so much in their opening that they aren’t able to put away enough to last 6-12 months.

If they do reopen, one has to wonder if they were closed for an alcohol or (eek!) health code violation.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Re: “health code”

I don’t see anything turning up in a quick search through King County Public Health website.

loyalheightsryan
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loyalheightsryan

This is especially sad considering the lack of choices in Ballard for restaurants and bars.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That’s too bad. Like everyone else I hadn’t had a chance to make it in there yet, and I guess that’s the problem, not that I would’ve kept them in business, but that not nearly enough of us made it in there to keep them going.
Hopefully the next occupant can make it work as it would be a shame to have that corner empty.

Mirv66
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Mirv66

when places are closed for health or alchol violations they are required to post a notice from the liquor board or health dept. so…

Misslombardis
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Misslombardis

I did eat there and they were very expensive, too trendy for Ballard and not very good. Bring back some neighborhood Italian!

Mirv66
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Mirv66

a quick yelp search has 188 “choices” for bars and restaraunts.

dmadd
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dmadd

I found the food and the bar to be awesome. They have a great cocktail selection and were almost always full. I hope they come back

The Torso
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The Torso

Well if they had just called it “5” or “The Corner Market” “the Corner Bar” or something a little bit catchier…
But with a impossible name like that I could never tell anyone to meet me there, if I did it would go something like this” hey, you wanna meet at that place where Lombardies used to be?”
Great location hopefully something cool will take the spot.

Furious George
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Furious George

Perhaps he meant it ironically. As befits the downtown Ballard scene.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Was a decent place. I went there several times, but I haven’t been in a few months. Seemed busy enough last time I went though.

carlman03
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carlman03

We went there shortly after they opened and the food was ok, but had small portions and too expensive. With so many other great alternatives in Ballard, we never felt the need to go back.
I hope someone is able to make this space work as it is such a great location. Lots of potential customer to be had as the weather gets better. Still hoping Tom Douglas opens up something in Ballard someday.

Guest
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Guest

Should have been called the 5 Month Bar & Kitchen Market. Maybe it was their strategy all along – pop-up restaurants are all the rage.

BallardBoy64
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BallardBoy64

I liked the bar, but never ate there due to excessive prices.

Guest
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Guest

They were way too expensive- even during happy hour. Take that hipsters!

WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat
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WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat

I’m hardly a militant vegetarian. I’m not even a full-time vegetarian.

But rarely have I seen a menu so enthusiastically flip off potential non-meat-eating patrons as 5 Corner’s did. Even the pesce-inclined would have had trouble finding something not strewn with pork fat. They’d be better off at a steakhouse.

Wearing your meat on your sleeve the way 5 Corner did is even off-putting to meat-eaters who might occasionally desire lighter fare and won’t think of your restaurant as offering that sort of flexibility. So while you might attract curiosity-seekers on a carnivorous splurge, you’re less likely to develop a regular clientele.

msballard30
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msballard30

Well that sucks. Liked the place and JUST gave someone a $50 gift certificate to the place two weeks ago! I called the number and a recording (when it finally answered) said that they were closed for business … and then the line was disconnected and went to a circuit busy.

That’s too bad. We liked the place and hate to see any of these local businesses go under … especially in such a short period of time.

Gurple
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Agreed. They should have called it Meaty McMeat Meat. They’ve got a right to serve whatever they want, but even as someone who only shuns beef, there wasn’t much on the menu for me.

Gurple
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I’m skeptical that it was just a bad business plan that did ’em in. This is really sudden, without any obvious attempt to sell the business or at least go out in a planned way. I wonder if something really acute happened — I’m thinking about Tiger Tail and Pies & Pints.

Guest
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Guest

I heard that they felt that they were limited to how many people could fill up the restaurant (which is a pretty big space), and a lack of parking in the area. Parking is becoming a very serious issue for retail businesses in Ballard and for them to thrive more parking needs to come online, or this will become more of an issue.

WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat
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WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat

Tiger Tail had a tax issue, right? But what happened to Pies & Pints? Did they close? That one’s news to me.

Slindy23
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Slindy23

Heard today from a very reputable source that they are indeed “Calling it quits” after only 4 months.

Gurple
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No! No, sorry, didn’t mean to start any rumors. Pies & Pints’ owner, Vincent Gallapaga, died suddenly in ’07. If I recall correctly, they shut down for a few weeks, and when they reopened they had a little sign up in memorial on the counter, but otherwise very little has changed.

Kudoes to the manager who managed that.

WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat
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WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat

You’re a head-scratcher as usual, Guest.

What about all of those empty lots adjacent to the library. The ones that are about $2 after 6:00. And 200 feet from the business in question.

But yeah, nobody should have to pay $2 to park on the way to eat a $14 burger.

WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat
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WouldYouLikeSomeMeatWithThat

Ah, okay. I never knew about that.

Yes, good on them for maintaining his legacy so unassumingly! (Double good on them for the curry pot pie!)

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