“I was there Saturday night at 9:30 and it was open as usual with a decent group of customers,” Bandolero patron Sonja Hardenbrook told us. “Walked by Sunday at 3 p.m. and it was all closed up with a goodbye letter on the door. Bummer. I am very sad to see them go.”
Bandolero’s website and Facebook page both make no mention of the closing, and no notice of the closure has been sent over an email mailing list the restaurant frequently uses to contact customers. An email sent last Thursday (Sept. 29, 2011), however, invited patrons to drop by to pick up free “shwag from various beer and liquor companies” that the restaurant had accumulated over the past year.
The restaurant was offering vouchers through online deal sites as recently as Sept. 7, 2011.
Bandolero stood empty today (Monday, Oct. 3, 2011). A sign on the door simply reads: “Dear Friends of Bandolero, Regrettably, we’ve closed for business. Our sincerest thanks for all of your support and friendship over the past 2 years. We’ll miss you. Bandolero Staff & Ownership.”
I have emailed Bandolero owner Jay Farias for more details and will update this post if more information becomes available.
Update, Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011:
The following note was sent today to Bandolero’s email distribution list:
Many of you may have already heard that Bandolero has shut it’s doors. Yes, it’s true. We were made an offer last week from an interested party and, after much thought, it was accepted.
Thank you all so much!
The staff at Bandolero and I have enjoyed our time together with you over the past year and a half and will miss your company and friendship. We wish all of you the very best of luck in your future endeavors. The new owners will be bringing a new and unique concept to the Tangletown neighborhood that I know you’ll love. I’ll leave it up to them to fill you in on the details.
We hope to run into you around town some time in the near future. Seattle is a small town, after all. On behalf of the staff at Bandolero and me, we thank you!
Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar