Ever Wonder What Happened to Chuck and Sally's Tavern in West Seattle?

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The corpse of Chuck and Sally's, on the corner of California Avenue SW and SW Graham Street.
?Weekly editor and resident dive bar connoisseur Mike Seely recalls his lone visit to Chuck and Sally's Tavern like it was a passionate one-night stand that had the potential for some steady loving, if only fate hadn't intervened. He wistfully describes the neighborhood watering hole near Morgan Street Junction as having several pool tables, a loaded jukebox and a friendly regular who surreptitiously picked up his tab for several pitchers.

He also recalls returning a month later to rekindle the relationship, only to find that his mistress had sneaked off behind his back and left a temporarily closed sign hanging in the window. The "temporary" sign has remained in the window for three-plus years, and has been the source of much scrutiny and suggestion on the peninsula. But, all speculation aside, the question still remained: Who is/was Chuck

and Sally's owner and why has the building sat vacant now for so long?

West Seattle Blog wondered if the cause of death was a citation for a zoning violation and bemoaned the shuttered storefront on an otherwise bustling arterial. Seely, meanwhile, opined that the former tavern would make the perfect home for the ready-to-relocate burger joint Zippy's.

A quick search of the King County Assessor's office reveals the owner is Jim Jacobsen, a broker for Windermere Real Estate. Reached by phone, Jacobsen was even more nostalgic about Chuck and Sally's than Seely.

"That tavern had been in my family since 1943 and I've owned it since 1984" Jacobsen says. "I never had so much fun in my life as when I worked there. I worked there from about one minute after I turned 21 until about three years later when I became a real estate broker. The night I turned 21, at midnight, the place was full. And this was in the day when taverns were popular. It was one of the two or three best places in West Seattle." "

Jacobsen explains that the business was named after the original owners, who sold the tavern to his parents.

"I never knew [Chuck and Sally] really existed," he says. "My mother bought it in 1943 along with an uncle. They (Chuck and Sally) had moved to Mount Vernon and bought a tavern there, then they retired in Roseburg, Oregon. After all those years, about 41 years later, they just came by to see if it was still there and if [my mother] still owned it."

Jacobsen says Chuck and Sally's closed because "business just got too slow." He says the zoning violation occurred shortly after the place closed when people started parking their cars in the lot without his permission. He wants to lease the space (he declines to say how much he's asking) but only if he can find a suitable tenant, preferably another friendly neighborhood bar or restaurant.

"We used to have had great taverns and tavern owners in West Seattle," Jacobsen says. "It was all about having fun, not necessarily getting drunk. It was a place in the neighborhood to come after work, have a few beers and not have to drive home. We need places like that."

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