The start of a new year inevitably brings with it news of restaurant closures. And 2009 — sure to be a notoriously bad year for businesses everywhere — is already ringing with sad news on the restaurant front.
“I just walked by Shell Creek and they have a sign on the door that they’re now CLOSED!” wrote Nancy Fleck of Edmonds. No surprise, Nance, considering owners Brian and Heidi Petoletti have clearly been holding on by their fingernails, as evidenced by their recent “Pay What You Can Afford” promotion, discussed here in October:
Today their website offers this fare-thee-well, from Brian:
“Both Heidi and I have enjoyed serving the Edmonds community for the past two years. We will always be appreciative for the support and friendships we have made. The poor economic conditions affecting all [of] us over the past year have led to a real decline in our business. Thank you for supporting and respecting our `Priceless’ promotion over the past 2 1/2 months, the dining experiences we have enjoyed will last forever. We wish all of you a very happy and healthy New Year.”
And then there was this from reader Dottie Kelly, regarding Opal atop Queen Anne Hill:
“We live on Queen Anne Avenue and noticed that Opal has closed. There is a new sign on the door saying a new restaurant is coming soon! Do you know anything about this?” Yes, I do, Dottie. More about that in a bit.