“Like two rebel bookends nestled against a bourgeoisie mega-center, the two properties are remnants of Old Ballard, representing a similar struggle against gentrification.”
Mike’s Chili Parlor is one of the “rebel bookends” referred to in this 2008 post from BallardBlog.com, which describes a visit to Mike’s Chili in Ballard. It’s worth a quick look for that sentence alone, which seems vaguely reminiscent of the Seattle PI’s style from the 1950s. (The title of the post is also quite catchy: “Mike’s Chili Parlor, Selling Chili, Not Their Soul“).
Established in 1922 by Greek immigrant Mike Semandiris, Mike’s Chili is still owned and operated by the same family. It’s the same building, but I’m guessing the very cool Roadside-style sign is a bit newer, say the 1950s.
Here’s a “Before” photo to compare with the “After” one pasted above. The After photo is from last week. This Before photo probably dates back to the mid-00s or so.
Can you see any differences between the Before and After pictures? If you look closely one difference is the new neon beer sign in the right-hand window.