The Igloo Restaurant closed down this spring, but it’s still unclear what will happen to the two-story, 2,200-square-foot building.
Keys Limited Partnership, which owned the building since 2000, said restaurant owners Jorge and Andrea Estrada did not renew their lease this spring amid personal health concerns. Now, the firm is weighing whether to lease another restaurant or to convert the Edgewood Park neighborhood building into offices.
“A restaurant has not been successful for the last 15 years,” said Judi Hickman, property manager. “We’ve had people come in before and say we’re a block from heaven — meaning if we were on Mill Plain Boulevard, we’d be more successful.”
The building has had some scrapes recently. Two months ago, three men in a car were killed when it crashed into the restaurant’s patio. And a fire in March 2017 burned the top level after an iPad charging with an off-market charger started to burn, according to Hickman. That top level had been used as a residence but is now already converted into office space.
Hickman said the neighborhood appears to be thriving, and they are hopeful to keep the building as a restaurant, but it remains to be seen. Keys Limited Partnership is working with an architect to at least redesign the ground floor, she said.
“We’re not for sure,” Hickman said. “We’re trying to get our upstairs done.”
Hickman added that the building likely wouldn’t reopen in 2018.