Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oh, the Humanity! Part 2

Well, this closure is much less abrupt than Pita Xpress. Egbert's has been in Belltown longer than I have. When I moved here 19 years ago, they were already well established at 1st & Bell. Their line of business is "gifts and accessories," and indeed, they have had some very interesting stuff from time to time. I'm pretty sure that their decision to close was more the owners deciding to retire than them going broke. I was always surprised to see them chugging along year after year. It made me slightly curious as to how they stayed in business. Well, they managed. And although I haven't set foot in there in well over a decade, I remember them as carrying unique items that were surprisingly inexpensive.

Not to be morbid, but what do you suppose is going to go in this space next? I say a restaurant. It is the way of things. Please no more Asian fusion; Belltown is already saturated! Either that or Egbert's Episode II: Attack of the Egberts, another store exactly like Egbert's. If you've always wanted to shop there and haven't yet, now is the time. They're having a liquidation sale:

So long, Egbert's. Thanks for sticking it out so long in this crummy neighborhood.


Anonymous said...

Gotta tell ya - I'd much rather see another Asian fusion restaurant take over Egbert's space than another stinking bar! We do NOT need more self-absorbed, hipster drunks in Belltown! But, sadly, my bet is on just that. Another high-priced, loud, trendy watering hole for the twenty-something crowd. Yay!

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