This is a neighborhood in Seattle that once was industrial and once was called Denny Regrade. Then in the 90’s it got all hip with high rise condos, boutiques, restaurants and bars. One of those great restaurants was The Flying Fish which is now moving to the South Lake Union neighborhood — which Jake likes to call Allentown. I think that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for Belltown. It was fun while it lasted.
Vulcan, she says, has a very specific vision for South Lake Union. That vision includes “four or five restaurants of my caliber: very local, very Seattle restaurants. It’s really `hometown’ to them. They have a clear idea of who they want in there, and the wherewithal to make it happen.”
That’s a far cry from what’s been happening in Belltown, Keff insists, where the bar scene has overtaken the dining scene and movement and closures continue unabated. (Recent deaths include Belltown Bistro and Cucina De-Ra, and several high-profile restaurant spaces remain on the market.) In Belltown, Keff says, “You’ve got a lot of small landlords who never get together to have any say in what happens around them. And before you know it, things have gone to hell.