Breaking Restaurant News: A Capitol Hill Cafe Closing for Good on Sunday

Julien Perry
Chico Madrid to close on Capitol Hill
Maneki neko says, "Goodbye Chico Madrid!"

Chico Madrid, a favorite little Spanish cafe on Capitol Hill, is closing. Its last day is this Sunday (April 13). The announcement was made on its Facebook page:

Friends – with heavy hearts, we must tell you that Chico Madrid will be closing its doors this Sunday, April 13th. It has been a remarkable year full of devoted regulars, welcoming press and kind neighbors, however we just haven’t reached a sustainable level of business. But we LOVE Chico Madrid and we want all of you to have one last chance to enjoy our delicious food and warm spirit before we close. Please join us this week – we’d love to see you to say thank you.

Jacob Daly, founding member of Chico Madrid (along with Honoré bakery owner Franz Gilbertson), says Chico Madrid will always be a special place and that "we are so grateful to all of those who embraced the concept, our staff and surrounding neighbors. At this time, however, we've decided to focus our efforts elsewhere."

Back in January, the ladies behind Marination (Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison) announced their partnership in Chico Madrid. The parntership, which includes Dani Cone of Fuel, High Five Pie and Cone & Steiner, was expected to bring great things. Back then, Saxton told me that they wanted to expand the liquor program, expand catering, host paella dinners and different events. 

Chico Madrid landed the #6 spot on Seattle Magazine's Best New Restaurants of 2013. If you've never given Chico Madrid a proper visit, now is the time to do so.