posted 12/01/09 02:06 AM | updated 12/01/09 02:08 AM
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Owner of Mr Villa Offers A New Start to the Rose Garden

Mr Villa's owner Kathrina Tugadi has big plans for what used to be the Rose Garden. For about a year she's been on a search for a location to open a new bar, El Norte. Last week she applied for a liquor license at 13717 Lake City Way N.E. Seattle 98125.

Most of you probably remember the drama that surrounded the closing of the Rose Garden. The attack on the Rose Garden began not long after the Rose Garden made the Top Ten Most Intimidating Seattle Bars the Rose Garden. Last spring SPD requested that the State Liquor Board not to renew the liquor license at the Rose Garden. This was a relief to the community frustrated with the crime that inundated the establishment.

April 9 the official CLOSED sign went up. Soon after the Rose Garden went up on the market for a mere 400,00. There never seemed to be any eager buyers.

"El Norte will look to stray from the typical Lake City bars of pull tabs, pool tables and dartboards and focus on being place for neighbors to gather and friends to connect over a unique collection of food and beverages served simply and priced fairly"

Kathrina Tugadi's Mr Villa has an excellent reputation in the community not to mention citywide. Self proclaimed taco snobs and lovers through out Seattle rave about the authenticity of Mr Villa's Mexican food. She hopes the Rose Garden's past won't prevent her from giving the location a fresh start as authorities indicated that they are hesitant to give "any liquor license at this location".

To this she says "I understand that this address has been a tavern for about 50 years with only the most recent years being troubled with crime and mismanagement. I am hoping that my vision for the property and my commitment to operating a reputable establishment will outweigh its unfortunate recent history, which I have stated as much to the City."

Having lived in Lake City for almost 15 years she sees the need that we have for a laid back neighborhood bar. "El Norte will look to stray from the typical Lake City bars of pull tabs, pool tables and dartboards and focus on being place for neighbors to gather and friends to connect over a unique collection of food and beverages served simply and priced fairly."

This is exactly the kind of place I've been hoping for. As much as we all love the Rimrock, Backdoor, and LC Bar and Grill - they often leave something to be desired as far as food and atmosphere. El Norte would give Seattle a reason to drive north of Fred Meyer on Lake City Way.

Tags: el, norte, rose, garden
El Norte
We need El Norte as much as we need a fashionable coffee shop! I've known Katrina for several years, first as a member of the design community and second as owner of delicious Mr. Villa. I sincerely hope they succeed in their pursuits.
Comment by Native
4 months ago
( +1 votes )
You're Gonna LOVE it!
I'm close friends with Kathrina and Eduardo. Don't worry about a thing, people - they are taking all the steps to make sure El Norte is a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for everyone. There are a lot of great people coming together on this to make sure of it. It's going to be great! Stay tuned!
Comment by MrVillaFan
4 months ago
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Ex-cellent! When's it open?
This is such fabulous news! I love Mr. Villa, and we sorely need a nifty l'il spot on the north end. My hubs and I will be first in line when they open. Thanks, Villa!
Comment by Lakegrrl
4 months ago
( 0 votes )
Hopefully open soon...
They are working on getting the liquor license, then the place will have to be redecorated. We hope it won't be too long!
Comment by MrVillaFan
4 months ago
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El Norte
That's great news, Kathrina and Eduardo know how to run a great bar and restaurant.
Looking forward to more great food and drinks on Lake City Way.
Comment by poguemahone
4 months ago
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Looking forward to it!
I will regularly stop by for a beer and a taco after I jump off the bus at 137th!! This is like a dream come true!!
Comment by Jay in Olympic Hills
4 months ago
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El Norte
We need another bar and resturant in Lake City like a hole in the head. We already have a number of resturants and bars that are trying to make a living, a number of them seem to change hands every year or when ever their lease expires. Lets not add to it by starting another.
Comment by Robert
3 months ago
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