Farewell, Willow House

I just got word that the Willow House, the popular McDowell coffeehouse hangout, will be closing on Sunday night, following a farewell bash with live music performances organized by DJentrification.

Supposedly the poor Willow House employees found out about the closing from a customer, not from the owners.

Why are they closing when the place seems busy? Who knows what the official story is, but allegedly it's because the owners weren't taking good care of the place. There are rumors that they might be reopening in a new space -- perhaps at 17th Ave and Van Buren, in a spot owned by Derek and Gina from the Paisley Violin, or maybe into a building at 6th Street and Pierce -- but don't hold your breath . . .

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