Queen Anne losing yet another family restaurant due to high rents

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Jimmy McMillan would surely agree
Jimmy McMillan would surely agree

My neighborhood –Upper Queen Anne in Seattle, WA– is losing one of the last inexpensive restaurants in the neighborhood, a family-run Jack-Of-All-Asian-Trades Chinese-sushi restaurant called Calva Cafe. More from Queen Anne View (with a shout-out to another longtime favorite cheap-eats option closing due to high rents, Lower Queen Anne’s Tup Tim Thai):

After 7 years in business on Queen Anne, Calva Café will indeed be closing on May 24th, just a few weeks away. Calva, like other local Queen Anne businesses, is faced with limited options – pay an increased rental rate they can’t afford or close up shop on Queen Anne.

The landlord of the building has increased Calva’s rent twice in the past few years, and with the end of their current lease, the increase is just too much for them to stay in business on Queen Anne. Just as with Tup Tim Thai, Calva’s owners have always paid their rent and have been good tenants. They just can’t keep up with the cost of renting restaurant space on Queen Anne – an increasing cost that’s hard to understand given the number of empty retail spaces on both Upper and Lower Queen Anne.

My son Calvin calls this ‘my restaurant.’ Not for long he doesn’t. Luckily there’s no shortage of braised truffle-infused saffron-scented gold-plated indigestible shit at $17/plate. Let them eat brioche!


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