The owners of Zoopa Organic Soup, Salad & Bakery – located at 393 Strander Blvd. near Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila – announced Monday that the business has closed due to a dispute with its landlord.
The restaurant re-opened in June 2014 as an all-organic eatery, owned by Jerrod Sessler of Burien.
“In the 18 months since we took over Zoopa we have made significant progress and learned more than we knew we needed to,” reads an announcement on the company’s website. “But, the landlord has other plans. Restaurants are a risk for landlords and one they are not willing to shoulder given the looming threat of forced wage increases which render restaurants unprofitable. The new tenants will bring security and long term income to the landlord and the overall productivity that they want to see for the location. The space will be gutted in the coming weeks to allow those new tenants to move in. We have not had enough notice to find a new location and so are unfortunately forced to close.”
On Friday, May 8, this somewhat cryptic notice was posted to Zoopa’s Facebook page:
If you are truly a Zoopa fan than please join us today, tomorrow or Sunday for a meal. Big changes ahead for the location to be announced Monday.
Numerous commenters have expressed dismay over the closing, which was a shock to many. Here’s more from the company website:
Success for us has been the opportunity to meet and serve you. Our hearts desire has been to provide a unique place for people to eat real food at reasonable prices. We hope you enjoyed it and we are honored that we got to carry the Zoopa torch that so many of us who grew up in the South End knew and loved.
Thank you for making it possible and being part of the Zoopa community. We are also enormously grateful to all those who worked tirelessly serving, preparing and behind the scenes at Zoopa Organic. The team has work tirelessly to serve the community and they should be commended for it.
In the future we will be opening another location under a different brand name, but with the same healthy vision that Zoopa had. Please submit your information below to make sure we let you know when we have more firm plans for this exciting project.