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Tangletown’s Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar closes

What do you think? (3 Comments) October 3, 2011 at 11:43AM

Bandolero (2253 North 56th St) has closed.

The restaurant and tequila bar opened in August 2010 in a spot formerly occupied by Pour House and Luau Polynesian Lounge.

“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.

The interior of Bandolero earlier today

Update, Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011:

The following note was sent today to Bandolero’s email distribution list:

Dear Friends,

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!

Sincerely,

Jay Farias
Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar

3 Responses to “Tangletown’s Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar closes”

  1. Julsy89 says:

    I’m so sad….

    • Aaron says:

      Yes Julsy89……I would especially be sad if I was one of the many who in the past few months had purchased any of the many groupon type deals the fine folks at Bandolero were hawking….knowing full well their time was coming to an end. Maybe if they had a decent chef in their from the launch of Bandolero they could have built a stronger food customer base and not just bar revenue. The “Chef” was a joke and had never even worked in a restaurant before. Luckily for her (chef) she bailed a month ago knowing the ship was going down. Hope the rest of the employees can find work soon.

  2. GreenLakeMer says:

    I am devastated!!  How about opening in the Circa building at Green Lake, or perhaps the former Vitamilk (aka “hole in the ground”) when it’s finished in a couple of years? 

    @Aaron, I respectfully disagree with your assessment of the food… very cool, unique chili rellenos, and a decent mole enchilada (though no Carta de Oaxaca)… though must confess the thing I will miss the most is bartender Ryan’s Bandit Lemonades!  Oh-so-tasty…