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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Funhouse Proprietor Brian Foss Speaks on Potential Development

Posted by on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The good news is, it's not a done deal yet, and Foss wants to continue a bar, and presumably a venue, even if the land is sold:

This note is in response to this story.

First off, I want to apologize for my silence the last 24 hours, in the last two weeks I've dealt with the death of a friend & former employee, one of our door guys got punched by a nazi, plus I went through some legal crap (we won!) so I really wasn't ready to deal with this yesterday.

Here's the facts -

Yes, the owners of the property the Funhouse is on have the land for sale. Yes, there is an interested buyer. But has the land been sold yet? NO!

The deal is still in process, and just a week ago (or thereabouts) they did some drilling in the parking lot for soil samples—there use to be a gas station across the street that was shut down in the early 1960s—so who knows if the soil under our building is contaminated in some way?

Will that effect things? I dunno, but they just got the sample recently, and things are still in progress.
There are other details as well... THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL YET.

What happens if the property is sold?
In our lease we have at least 6 months before we have to vacate the building in the event that it is sold. While it sucks we might get kicked out, this is not going to happen overnight. If the worse case scenario happens we will have time to find a new location and give a proper good bye.

But yeah, I was very surprised by the KOMO story—they are jumping the gun.

The building the Funhouse occupies first opened as Tex's Tavern around 1937. There's some serious history here. Personally, the last time I ever went out for a night of beers and darts with my mother was at Tex's Tavern in late 1990, and she died of cancer soon after in early 1991.

I'm still trying to get my head around things. I have been approached by a number of folks who want to try and save our beloved building—maybe it's possible? If people want to fight for us, well, who am I to give up? I will say the landlords have been very nice and totally up front about stuff, so I hope there's no ill will towards them.

Whats next?
I dunno, I've never been in this position before. I do know that no matter what happens I want to continue being a bar owner with my great business partner, Bobby Kuckleburg. And I want to bring along everyone who's employed at the Funhouse to any future endeavors.

Maybe the deal will just fall apart? Or maybe we can fight and save the building?

Read the Notice of Review Design Review here, and voice your opinion here:

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 06:30 p.m.
Location: Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W
Room 3


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diminished 1
awesome to hear its not a done deal, and great to hear from the funhouse! what can we do to actually help at this point?
Posted by diminished on March 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 2
Good question, diminished. Adding that info to this post now.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on March 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM · Report this
diminished 3
i was thought the city kinda forces design review meetings to be about design, and takes neighborhood impact statements at the environmental review meeting?
Posted by diminished on March 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 4
I actually don't know. Asking the news hounds now and will update.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on March 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Still remember the fun SLOG Happy we had there. Wish them luck.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 6
Turns out you're right, according to the news people, diminished. More info on how you can help as soon as I learn it.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on March 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
Suz 7
Something about the Funhouse has always creeped me out but I hate the idea of another mixed use condo taking it's place.
Posted by Suz on March 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 8
a mixed use rental building (no one is building condos in 2012) is better than being punched by a nazi. go to the design review & tell them it looks like shit (if it does).
Posted by Max Solomon on March 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM · Report this

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