We received word that both Paseo locations were closed as of this morning. The Carribean sandwich shops were a Seattle institution and frequently had long lines of locals and visitors alike.
Here is an summary of what is currently known about the closure from our sister site My Ballard:
Paseo abruptly closes for good
Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on November 11th, 2014
Reportedly, the sign on the front door notes that the closure is due to “unfortunate circumstances” and it thanks customers for their support and loyalty.
The My Ballard team called both Paseo locations multiple times and no one answered the phone.
According to The Seattle Times, an employee at the Paseo’s Fremont location arrived at work expecting business as usual, but was told by the owner that both the Fremont and Ballard stores were shutting down.
“We know he didn’t want this to happen,” a longtime staffer, who wished to remain nameless, told The Seattle Times. The staff member reportedly did not know what had prompted the owner to shut down the popular spot. “He said — and I believe him — he found out he had to close on Monday… he said he was sorry and wished he could find a way to keep going,” the staff member said.
A document regarding an alleged lawsuit filed earlier this year by former Paseo employees against the owners has surfaced online and at this time we are unaware whether or not this has to do with the closure. The My Ballard team has contacted the attorneys at Davies Pearson Attorneys at Law in Tacoma to confirm the legitimacy of the reports and are waiting to hear back.
Locals are sure to be devastated by the closure of the highly popular spot thatYelp listed as #2 on the list of the top 100 places to eat in the country