SEATTLE (AP) — Lower Queen Anne’s popular coffee shop has closed its doors.
The proprietor of Uptown Espresso claims that the once-thriving area forced him away due to homeless difficulties. According to him, the conversion of The Inn at Queen Anne from a hotel attracted more formerly homeless persons to the area.
He and his neighbours, who live around the street from The Inn, say the consequences of that decision are already being felt in Lower Queen Anne. “Right now, being a coffee bar merchant at the bottom of Queen Anne Hill is kind of a horrible situation,” Paul Odom said. Fonté Coffee Roaster’s longstanding owner doesn’t mince words when it comes to why he closed Uptown Espresso’s flagship shop after 37 years.
He explained that “people are having to step over bodies that are laying in front of the door.” “Or they could be urinating in front of your door, or even in the store.” Despite this, Odom says he planned to remodel in advance of the Climate Pledge Arena’s launch.
Then, in May, King County announced that as part of its commitment to address homelessness, it would purchase the hotel across the street. “We made the decision to close,” Odom explained.
“It’s quite bad,” said David Meinert, owner of the Mecca Café, which is located across the street from the old Uptown.
“On this street, nobody does outdoor seating,” Meinert observed. “It’s because of the homeless situation,” she says. You won’t be able to put seats out here. People are camping in them and sitting in them if you did. You won’t be able to get rid of them. “Police won’t do anything about it; they won’t be able to do much about it.”