EVERETT — Welcome to the second edition of Nuggets, where we talk about local news tidbits, fun local facts and reader tips.
This week’s nuggets are mostly bittersweet, but such is life.
Casa Tequila closes after 30 years
Casa Tequila served its final meal March 26. The family-owned Everett mainstay was known for its burritos, freshly made salsa, margaritas, enchiladas, fajitas and more on their impressive menu.
“We would like to say thank you so much for 30 years of your love, kindness and support,” the Galvan family announced March 9 on Facebook. “We announce with sadness that the time has finally come.”
Oscar Galvan, the son of owner Jose Galvan, said his family didn’t want to take on the longer lease that was required to keep their location. And after three decades, he said his parents deserved to take a deep breath, relax and visit with family.
Oscar Galvan is one of five children who helped run the Mexican restaurant with parents Jose and Yolanda Galvan.
“We all grew up here,” Oscar Galvan said over the phone the day before Casa Tequila closed. His voice was accompanied by a rush of food orders, kitchen pots, customers and dishes in the background. “Customers who have been coming in here for the past 30 years saw all of us grow up.”
The family isn’t sure whether they’ll open another restaurant, but, as Oscar said, “You never know.”
Buck’s American Cafe under new ownership
James Abbott has sold his Everett restaurant to new owners Karina Gorbunova and Brian Swanson.
The couple announced they “have a lot of great ideas” for the restaurant, along with food and drink specials every day. Buck’s is open during normal hours. And not to worry: They are keeping Buck’s famous peanut butter pie, along with other staples, while adding new menu items.
James Abbott began working at Buck’s in 1994 and took over the restaurant in 2014 with his wife, Anne Abbott, who died of an aggressive cancer in January.
Anne and James Abbott ran the restaurant together, with James as the head chef and Anne working behind the scenes on marketing and bookkeeping.
Abbott said he may open a restaurant or other food concept in the future. For now, he wants to take a step back from the industry and spend more time with his daughters.
Edmonds restaurant group raises money for Ukrainians
A local restaurant group is raising money to help feed Ukrainians in the midst of Russia’s war.
Feedme Restaurant & Hospitality Group, an Edmonds-area company that owns Bar Dojo, Salt & Iron and other eateries, will donate 10% of sales to World Central Kitchen’s Disaster Relief Fund. The nonprofit serves meals during war, natural disasters and other crises around the world.
Feedme executive chef/owner Shubert Ho said he hopes to raise $10,000 for World Central Kitchen.
As of March 24, World Central Kitchen reported it had served three million meals in Ukraine and across bordering countries where refugees have arrived, including Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary.
Feedme Hospitality will run its fundraiser over the next three weeks at the following restaurants:
March 29: Salt & Iron, 321 Main St., Edmonds
April 4: MARKET Edmonds, 508 Main St., Edmonds
April 5 : Fire & The Feast, 526 Main St., Edmonds
April 11: Shore Pine Coffee & Gelato, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds
April 13: MARKET Seattle, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle
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