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This is the only view Seattlites will get of the Babalu Mambo Room bar and night spot in Wallingford for awhile. It is from the sidewalk looking in.They've been forced to close or have all those pretty bottles confiscated by the state liquor control folks. Seems they got caught staying open for business after losing their liquor license in April. They'd long been out of compliance with regulations about serving food along with the hard alcoholic beverages available. Well, technically there was food on the menu: a $99 heat 'n eat TV dinner. I wonder how many of those have been purchased by the average patron? :-) And it was reported that employees of the Hawaiian restaurant next door would come over once a night to circulate food menus from that establishment. Kind of a creative way to handle the regulation to serve food, don't you think? That and the nearby hot dog stand outside. Now that they are closed pending the granting of a new license, you'll have to mosey down 45th to other popular neighborhood watering holes for that Friday night after work happy hour with friends and a set by a local band. Me, I just liked the orange interior contrasting with the blue evening light of the street scene outside in this reflection.