After more than two decades, a Seattle cinnamon-roll favorite is all done — and a rumor about the fate of the space proves sadly untrue.
Say goodbye to those gigantic cinnamon rolls: After more than 20 years, Louisa’s on Eastlake has closed. Owner Alcena Plum says “many factors” led to the end of the neighborhood bakery and cafe, including rising costs and the citywide shortage of cooks (also a nationwide issue).
“The business just couldn’t support the costs to continue, and we were finding it impossible to hire for kitchen staff,” Plum says. “I had to cut back on labor and portions to balance out the costs. But we were still faced with having to raise prices to a level that the community couldn’t support.” Yesterday was the last day.
Plum says it’s been “an honor and a pleasure” to serve the neighborhood, and that she’s “feeling horrible” for her staff about the one-day’s-notice holidaytime closure — she’s set up a gofundme to help them out. Some staff members had worked for Louisa’s for more than 18 years, and Plum says they volunteered to work for tips only for the final day. “They are an amazing group!” she says. (Hopefully, the restaurant-worker shortage will have them gainfully employed again in short order.)
As for the Reddit rumors about Serafina taking over the space for a dessert cafe, that’d be a sweet silver lining, but according to GM David Weeks, “Sadly, there isn’t any truth to it.”
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