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Paseo Is Back on the Menu

By master · January 30th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Following the reopening of Paseo on Fremont Ave on January 8th, the sandwiches that drove Seattle crazy are back on everyone’s menu. The new owner Ryan Santwire purchased the infamous Caribbean restaurant at a bankruptcy auction in December, an early Christmas present for Seattlites. You can read about Paseo’s unexpected closure here.

Paseo the day it unexpectedly closed with a sign on the door.

Not even two months after Paseo suddenly closed it is open for business, grilling up onions, and now accepting credit cards. Retaining the same recipes and many of the same employees Santwire reopened Paseo under the radar until a customer shared the news on Facebook and sandwiches flew out the door. Santwire has also tried to anticipate demand, especially stocking enough bread, so customers will not have to leave empty handed.

You can visit Paseo in the same pink building on N Fremont Ave on Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Ballard location is expected to reopen in the coming weeks.



2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jezbian // Jan 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    My gf and i got Paseo sandwiches and a pint of beans last week. We had been waiting with great anticipation for them to re-open, and our mouths were watering!

    Unfortunately we were unimpressed and even let down – the beans lacked the slight sweetness and spicy heat that they used to have, and the sandwiches, while they LOOKED the same, were NOT the same sandwiches we have been known to stand in line for and bring out of town friends to have and fall in love with as we have. The bread seemed a bit smaller than before perhaps, and it was not toasted as much as usual. The onions were about the only thing that really seemed to have not changed. The meats (hers was the pulled pork, mine was the chicken breast) did not have nearly the same amount of flavours as they used to, and even though she had specified that my sandwich was to have NO cilantro it came with a TON of cilantro (and it was shredded up so i had a hard time scraping it all off – they used to just use longer stalks of it so if this mixup had occurred i might not have been so put off by it)…we will give it another month or so and try again, but unfortunately if things don’t improve we will have to wait until we find our way to Key West where the original recipes are still being served.

    (FWIW – Yes, i KNOW that Lorenzo took the recipes with him and that they are having to recreate stuff from memories.)

  • 2 Fremont // Feb 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I too was disappointed. We’ve eaten there twice since the new ownership and the meat has been dry and all the flavors are thinner and weaker. Criticism aside it’s still reasonably good, it’s just not great like it used to be. I heard the cashier telling a customer the recipes were the same which is not true. Note- the prices on the website are on average 15% less than at the actual restaurant.

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