Valentinetti’s Italian restaurant closes unexpectedly

The new Italian restaurant that took over the former Hi-Life space in the old firehouse on Market Street abruptly closed their doors today.

Hi-Life, owned by Chow Foods, was rebranded in October to become Valentinetti’s.

“We are sorry to announce the closure of Valentinetti’s effective immediately,” their website reads. The message continues:

“The Seattle restaurant market is in a rapidly ever changing state of flux and in conceptualizing Valentinetti’s, we clearly mis-read what the dining public is seeking. Thanks to the many of you that supported us at the Hi-Life for 15 years and for those that made their way through the front doors at Valentinetti’s in our remarkably short run.”

They say if you have a gift card for the restaurant, those may be redeemed at any other Chow Foods restaurant, including TNT Taqueria, 5-Spot, Endolyne Joe’s, Brewers Row, and Cooks Tavern.

No word yet on what will happen to the staff or the space — we’ll post an update when we learn more.

Thanks to Heather for the tip!


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Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

I’m shocked…SHOCKED, I tell you.

Southeasterner
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Southeasterner

Wow. Surprise to nobody. That was one of the worst re-branding decisions made in Ballard restaurant history.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

Hi-Life closing suddenly and rebranding was surprising and very sad, but this news comes as no surprise at all. Though near the end the service and consistency of Hi-Life hadn’t been up to par, it was still a fave spot to eat, with food you couldn’t get anywhere else nearby. I hope maybe they try reopening Hi-Life with the original menu, paying attention to the quality and service they had in the past.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

No huge surprise, that location isn’t in a very good spot for such a huge restaurant. Rent alone must have been insane.

El Grunion
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El Grunion

tough spot – huge location. i can’t imagine what the rent was. it was also kind of a tough place to enjoy eating at, especially breakfast. its great that young families enjoyed it so but not a great experience for those not wanting to be surrounded by loud kids.

teichou
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teichou

Why was it a tough spot to enjoy eating at? I’ve never been to the old firehouse.

Squintstopher
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Squintstopher

“…But why male models?”

heykfg
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heykfg

Oh no! I loved their pastas!

Turntables-Trails-Seattle
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Turntables-Trails-Seattle

I had several friends who loved Hi-Life, when they heard of the rebrand they were pretty upset. They decided never to go to the new place though because they thought it was a poor choice.

spark
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spark

Seems like a tough location and size to operate a regular low-margin restaurant…maybe one of the local breweries could open a taphouse there

neighborhood
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neighborhood

Good idea, but margins would never work…. best bet is growing brewery expands to this as their primary.

Squintstopher
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Squintstopher

I think this would be a great spot for a brewery or brewpub. It’ll be interesting to see who might snatch up the space.

ballardsucks
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ballardsucks

Wouldn’t be surprised if they sell it to make an 400 space apartment for more yuppies with 2 parking spaces. Thanks Seattle.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

Ooh, that’s some clever trolling you did there, did you come up with that all by yourself?

Aurox
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Aurox

Move to Florida if young people growing up and moving to cities bothers you so much

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

“Love it or Leave it”?!?
How very 1960’s of you!

Aurox
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Aurox

I moved here because I love it and I’m not leaving or going to stop other people from moving here. If certain people are bothered to live in a growing neighborhood with young people moving in then maybe Seattle isn’t the right place to be. It’s not love it or leave it, it’s don’t resent other people loving it.

MrGrayPonytail
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MrGrayPonytail

Bwaahahahahaaaaa

MrGrayPonytail
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MrGrayPonytail

Seems plausible

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

The space is too big for one restaurant — why not two or three? Something like this happened on Melrose Street in Capital Hill.

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MrGrayPonytail
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MrGrayPonytail

When Chow Foods announced the closing of Hi Life I thought they were nuts. Then I heard they were turning it into an Italian restaurant and I thought “well THAT’S just what Ballard needs. ANOTHER Italian restaurant.”
Thank goodness for Señor Moose, where you can still get breakfast, lunch or dinner

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