Owner Jon Holt told my cryptically Monday that St. Helens Cafe is closed "temporarily." No one has answered the cafe's telephone since then.
For the record, I had the distinction of being St. Helens Cafe's first customer when it opened in February 2007. It just worked out that way.
Meantime, I'm told that St. Helens' wine is headed back to the distributor. Double meantime, the owner of nearby Kings Books posts in The You Plate Special:
The word on the street, St. Helens Cafe, the fish and chips joint has closed. Yet, on the St. Helens St side next to Stadium Bistro, a coffee shop will open, there's a door punched into the wall on the side of the building. It looks like take-out only by the size of it.
UPDATE A trusted source tells me that Tacoma restaurateur is discussing purchasing the building. Stay tuned.