Breaking news: About a year ago, Capitol Hill lost a Starbucks

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The Starbucks at Broadway and Pike is permanently closed, the company says. Now there are only 13 across Capitol Hill and the Central District.

Masked by pandemic plywood and temporary closures of other Capitol Hill locations of the Seattle coffee giant during ongoing protests, the permanent exit of the Starbucks in Broadway’s old State Bank building came last July, a spokesperson for the company told CHS this week.

“As part of Starbucks standard course of business, we continually evaluate our business to ensure a healthy store portfolio,” the spokesperson said.

The closure joins a long list of Capitol Hill venues that went out of business during the pandemic and will likely be part of another long roster of closures we find out about only as the economy more fully reopens after months of COVID-19 restrictions.


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Coffee customers might not be mourning. The Starbucks counter in the QFC across the street remains active and cafes up and down Pike and Pine seem to have made it through the pandemic.

Starbucks, meanwhile, was forced to close some of its Capitol Hill locations during protests over the last year as black block demonstrators against police and international corporations targeted the shops with repeated property damage. CHS reported here on the November reopening of the E Olive Way Starbucks amid the protest vandalism.

Still, Starbucks is sorry for leaving a hole in the corner’s retail, food, and drink offerings.

“As difficult as this was, we made the right business decisions for the sake of Starbucks long-term growth,” the spokesperson said. “All Starbucks partners (employees) working at that store had the opportunity to transfer to one of our nearby locations. We are proud to have been part of the Seattle community and continue to serve our customers at our nearby locations.”

The exit leaves a cool old auto row-era building empty at street level. CHS wrote here about the State Bank building that was most recently a Tully’s before Starbucks moved in.

Neighboring nightclub Neighbours, meanwhile, might soon be kicking back into motion. The property remains on the market and suffered vandalism and break-ins during its long COVID-19 shutdown but club ownership has renewed its business filings this week after letting its incorporation lapse during the pandemic.

Capitol Hill and Central District COVID-19 Crisis Closures: CHS has tried to confirm all reported statuses. Please let us know if any information needs to be updated chs@capitolhillseattle.com — LAST UPDATED: 3/23/21

Food and drink

  • Little Neon Taco, reported 3/1/2021
  • By Tae, reported 3/1/2021
  • R Place, reported 2/2/2021
  • The Wandering Goose, reported 12/29/2020
  • Barca, announced 11/11/2020
  • Suika, lease issues, announced 9/27/2020
  • Juicebox Cafe, announced 9/28/20
  • Heritage Distilling Capitol Hill, announced 9/25/20
  • Amandine, closing 9/30/20 announced 9/25/20
  • Bar Sue, announced 9/25/20
  • Marination Station, announced 9/14/20
  • Ha Na, announced 8/27/20
  • Intrigue Coffeehouse, announced 8/21/20
  • Nates Wings & Waffles, Happy Grillmore and the Central District Ice Cream Company, announced 8/6/20
  • Americana, Broadway, announced 7/23/20
  • The Lounge by AT&T and Ada’s Discovery Cafe, E Thomas, announced 7/7/20
  • Bill’s Off Broadway, E Pine, announced 6/24/20
  • Stumptown, 12th Ave, announced 5/26/20
  • Adana, 15th and Pine, announced 5/21/20
  • Tougo, 18th and Union, announced early April, Yesler location remains open
  • My Thai, 10th Ave E, closed but we’re not sure when it shuttered

Retail and more

  • Rocket Fizz, reported 3/23/2021
  • Drizzle and Shine, BurnCycle, and Blue Sky Cleaners, reported 3/1/2021
  • Everyday Music, 10th Ave, June 2021
  • QFC, 15th Ave E, 4/24/21
  • Sameday Testing, 15th Ave E, February
  • GameStop, Broadway, 2020
  • Velocity Dance Center, 12th Ave, will continue as organization but leaving Capitol Hill space, announced 12/4/20.
  • Stock and Pantry, E Pine, announced 10/14/20
  • Take 2, 15th Ave E, announced 9/30/20
  • No Parking, E Pike, announced 9/5/20
  • Ritual House, 19th Ave E, reported 7/15/20
  • Totokaelo, 10th Ave, reported 7/13/20
  • Mode of Fitness, E Pine
  • Urban Outfitters, Broadway, youth fashion chain’s exit began last summer as Broadway Market began search for new tenant
  • Le Frock, E Pike, consignment shop announced permanent closure in April

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