On June 4, Waid’s Restaurant & Lounge signed a settlement agreement “agreeing” to the revocation of its liquor license. The Washington State Liquor Board signed on and issued its final order within hours so that as of Wednesday, Waid’s is prohibited from serving alcohol at the establishment.
Stephanie Tschida, Chair of the East Precinct Advosory Council said, “The Attorney General also related that Waid asked if he could keep his business open without a liquor license right after he settled on the record, and she indicated that he could.”
Owner of Waid’s Restaurant & Lounge Waid Sainvil told The Capitol Hill times that he’s unsure of what he’ll do next, though it’s unlikely that he’ll peruse operating a bar again. For now, he’ll keep the establishment open as an afterhour’s venue. Sainvil will serve Red Bull and water, and make up for revenue by charging a cover fee. Potentially he’ll turn the space into a hookah lounge.
“All I ever wanted was to create a place of oneness where any human being – regardless of race, social status, sexual preferences, etc. – could come together under one roof and show love to one another. Making money was never my goal,” Sainvil said. “From the very beginning, it has been a struggle. I have been fighting the city since before I even opened Waid’s. What many people don’t know is that the city had objected for me to acquire a liquor license when I first applied for it based on a DUI that I had five years earlier. Still, I pushed forward because I knew what my goal and my dream were. For the next eight years it was a continuous fight to keep the doors open. I was harassed nonstop by the Seattle Police Department and baseless complaints from some neighbors. Opening and keeping a bar open is one of the hardest businesses to succeed in. Considering what I have been facing, I’m surprised myself to have lasted that long. Now I’m tired and exhausted. The continuous fight has finally taken a toll on me. So, I decided to call it quits. Now I feel relieved. The city bankrupted me and destroyed my dream. But I’m proud of what I achieved. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but this is a new chapter.”
For more information regarding the last years’ saga, here’s: