The rampant redevelopment of the city has hit a deep nerve with the impending closure of Tini Bigs, a restaurant and bar that’s been open every single day since it opened on December 2nd, 1996. For just over 20 years, the establishment has prided itself on being open daily, including holidays, to fill a unique niche.
“Originally, I was in the restaurant business as a server in my early years, and I used to work a lot of holidays,” owner Keith Robbins told the Queen Anne News. “Once I got off of work, there was nowhere to go.”
Tini Bigs became that go-to spot for industry people, as well as everyone else. It’s sister, Hula Hula, opened soon after and has been a great local spot for karaoke and tiki cocktails.
However, after 7,000-plus days open in a row, the streak is coming to an end on or before January 2017. The reason for the closure is that the building and lot have been sold, and it’s planned for demolition and redevelopment for a six-story mixed-use building.
Luckily, the closure doesn’t necessarily mean the end. Progress has been made to find a new home for Hula Hula, and although Robbins hasn’t had luck finding the right spot for Tini Bigs, he’s looking! “We’re trying to find a standalone building that’s got some character,” he said. “I don’t want Tini Bigs to be in a brand new building.”
Tini Bigs celebrated its 7,311th consecutive day of business and its 20th anniversary on December 7th. The restaurant will close shortly after the new year, since the building must be vacated by January 31st.
“It’s going to be a tough day when I lock the door for the last time, or watch the wrecking ball,” Robbins said. “It’s not the city I grew up in.”
Featured photo source: QueenAnneNews.com, credit Joe Veyera.