- 11/11/2014 at 12:08 pm #75599
This just in from the Seattle Times All You Can Eat Blog…
Article here below…
Paseo, home of some of Seattle’s best and most beloved sandwiches, has abruptly closed its doors.
An employee at the Fremont location of the cheap eats favorite said he came to work Tuesday “expecting to make 5 million sandwiches” as usual, and was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard branches were shutting down.
“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” said another longtime staffer, who declined to give his name because the owners have generally been media-shy over the years.
They had no idea what prompted the move — the cash-only businesses are notoriously popular, with daily lines out the door for specialties like the grilled pork or Caribbean roast. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going.”11/11/2014 at 12:17 pm #75600
I saw that on one of the TV web sites too.11/11/2014 at 12:33 pm #75607
I have a feeling that is a good thing
Seen twitter’s reaction go from “nooooooooooooooooo” to “f them” in a matter of no time.11/11/2014 at 1:00 pm #75616
Well I figured it would be related to taxes somehow…interesting find on that court case, was it ruled on yet? The above seems to just be the lawsuit filed in September.11/11/2014 at 1:08 pm #75617
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PG – tease!11/11/2014 at 1:39 pm #75622
Try Geo’s across the street from Paseos for a real (and awesome) Cuban sandwich. You won’t be disappointed.11/11/2014 at 2:26 pm #75625
I know it’s not a laughing matter, but this is sort of funny…
(And if that lawsuit is 100% truthful, then I’m regretting buying anything from there)11/11/2014 at 2:39 pm #75628
“Error establishing a database connection”
I think the traffic from pennygirl’s post has slashdotted the small news site. ;)11/11/2014 at 3:00 pm #75629
Dave – Good to know but i’d be surprised if it’s anywhere near as good as Paseo! I’m hopeful though.11/11/2014 at 3:04 pm #75630
I just saw on the comment section on the home page that the owner of Thunderbird is looking to hire a cook from Paseos.
When I saw the story break on Facebook I had a feeling it would breath life into the forum11/11/2014 at 3:22 pm #75633
They had way better food than anything I actually ate in Cuba.
They had to be profitable. What a shame that they treated their employees that way. Actually, I think Raul would have treated them better! He has brought some welcome innovation to Cuba – they can actually own cars and homes now. Fidel, though, maybe.11/11/2014 at 3:23 pm #75634
More speculation but if you were sued and lost (from the above link) you would think with a thriving business you could figure out how to keep the doors open! Or maybe there is just more to the story than that. Either way I’m not surprised enterprising people/restaurant/groups would want to hire the owner.11/11/2014 at 3:25 pm #75635
PlantLover – Where they found guilty?11/11/2014 at 4:02 pm #75636
It could be the fact that they are a cash only business. That might have had the IRS sniffing around with a huge (unfounded) bill.11/11/2014 at 4:05 pm #75637
Maybe they where using it for money laundering like in “Scarface”;)11/11/2014 at 4:07 pm #75638
FWIW the Kitsap Report site appears to be a satirical news site and is down for the moment. However their Facebook page is up…. Check out some of the other titles.
The full title of the article linked by pennygirl appears to be: “Paseo’s Reclusive Owner Revealed to be Raul Castro”11/11/2014 at 4:12 pm #75639
The new talk online now that Paseo’s is closed seems to be that Bongo’s Cuban Cafe (6501 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) is comparable to Paseo. Apparently they even make their own bread for their sandwiches. Haven’t ever tried the place, but it has good enough yelp reviews that I likely will be giving it a shot in the near future with an open mind.11/11/2014 at 4:19 pm #75641
Yes Shelley – it was a joke.11/11/2014 at 4:23 pm #75644
Hopefully Bongo’s Cuban Cafe isn’t cash only. That isn’t the great part of town for the street people to know you are carrying.If anyone does check it out let us know what you think.
I wonder if gracie is organizing a vigil tonight:)11/11/2014 at 5:41 pm #75656
BH..good one. Vigil! I had passed Paseo on way home and saw closed and wondered why. Then I heard it on the news.
if lawsuit true, that’s sad. Always impressed they gave employess pay while closed for a month.
I haven’t gone there much because two times Carribean bowl tasted different. I was going to try something different. Guess not!
I had noticed that little place across the street. Maybe I will try that.
so Buffalo, get your candles, some rum to keep warm for the vigil! Me? I will be hunkered down with Pickles under polar fleece blanket.11/11/2014 at 7:17 pm #75672
Well it appears at least the MyBallard team is doing some digging into this per the front page article.
EDIT: The Seattle Times article is also updated with new info!11/11/2014 at 7:44 pm #75674
It’s really good to see something beyond puff pieces on the front page! Awesome.
Something I haven’t seen people mention is that employees were only paid checks for 40 hours per week, but paid in CASH for the many hours they put in beyond that. That’s a whole range of cheating that governments don’t take kindly to. So I’d say it’s definitely the end of the road for Paseo’s.11/11/2014 at 7:47 pm #75675
sad to see it gone, totally surprised to hear the news today
even more surprised to hear about the lawsuit as I used to know some of the workers and never had a bad word in the past about the way it was run
am curious if the key west location is still open11/11/2014 at 9:02 pm #75679
They had the best tofu in the city; so sorry to not get one last sandwich in. Will reserve judgment on how they treated employees on the “there is always two sides…” theory.
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