When the announcement was made on Instagram, the outpouring of grief was heartbreaking… and heartwarming. This beloved restaurant is set to take its final bow in February after 15 years in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
With the heaviest hearts…
Owners Jim Drouhman and Joanne Herron have been thinking about retirement for some time, according to the Capitol Hill blog so they made a deal to sell the restaurant to chef Grayson Corrales. She’ll debut Maripili next spring.
The heartfelt message on Insta ended with this sentiment: “We hope to see you in the next two months so we can say thank you for accepting and supporting us over these amazing 15 years. We appreciate you and we thank you.”
Messages of love poured forth from the Presse faithful.
“A huge loss.”
“This makes me so sad. Thank you for all the wonderful neighborhood memories.”
“How has it been only 15 years? It feels like you’ve always been a part of my life and I’m crying now for the loss.”
The news might hit especially hard because it feels like further proof the neighborhood is changing. But before the last order of frites is served, loyal regulars will be showing up for the meals they love.
What will you miss most?
We reached out to some of the fans who weighed in on Instagram, asking them to share their regular orders. Cue the mouths watering.
“Well, I’ve yet to find any place that rivals Presse’s Croque Madame. It is without fault,” wrote Rosin Kalakona Saez, online dining editor at D Magazine. She had fallen for Presse while working at Seattle Met.
Amy Pennington, author and gardening expert, always orders baked eggs and ham with frites and salade verte for the day time and roast chicken at night with a gin martini at night. But Presse went beyond providing sustenance when she was going through treatment for cancer. “It was a haven, a comfort.”
Digital marketing consultant John Beck said his “usual” depends on what time he arrives. “In the morning it’s always a chocolate croissant and Americano! For lunch, it’s a sandwich and salad with bubbly. At dinner, it’s hard for me to pick anything but the half chicken or steak and frites.”
Kurt Timmermeister, author and award-winning cheesemaker/owner of Kurtwood Farms, said he sorely miss Salade Verte, baguette sandwiches with liver terrine for lunch and then chocolate chaud in the afternoon after cheese deliveries. “I’m sad to hear it’s closing,” he said.