Blue C Sushi, which has a location in Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall, abruptly closed all seven branches including five in the Seattle area due to financial problems, according to a memo the company emailed to employees Sunday night after dinner service. That’s according to a report from our online news partner The Seattle Times.
Blue C also has locations at Bellevue, Downtown Seattle, Southcenter, and the University Village.The two other California restaurants have also closed.
Financial records filed with the King County Superior Court and the state Department of Revenue indicated Madison Holdings Inc., Blue C Sushi’s parent company, had a history of falling behind on its taxes, owing $194,957 as recently as 2016, The Times said.
Several employees came to work their lunch shift Monday only to find the doors locked. In an email, Blue C Sushi told employees to come to designated Starbucks to pick up their final paychecks later this week. In an internal memo obtained by The Seattle Times, management advised employees to “deposit it promptly.” You can read more about that in The Times story.
A sign at the Alderwood restaurant says: “We’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve you all through the years, and it saddens us to announce that we are closing. We have had so much fun along the way while creating deep, lasting friendships with our community. We thank you for your years of patronage and wish you the very best.”
According to Eater Seattle (seattle.eater.com), employees at all locations lost their jobs as of January 6th, with some being retained to help clean and close the sites. The Glassdoor.com website shows Blue C Sushi — headquartered in Seattle — employing between 201 to 500 employees.
Any gift cards to Blue C Sushi are void, pending a decision by its holding company, Madison Holdings.
Blue C, in business for 15 years, was known for offering their food on a conveyor belt, which passed by each table.
— Photos and reporting by David Carlos