New West Seattle restaurant/pub: A Terrible Beauty expands here

March 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 79 Comments

Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Thanks to Milton and Mike, who e-mailed tonight to report activity in the former Table 35/Ama Ama/etc. space at California/Edmunds. There, we found Jenna Shannon Garvey O’Brien (right), who, with husband Paddy O’Brien, just finalized the lease on the space, and have already started remodeling. They plan to open May 1st, introducing West Seattle to the official second location of their popular Irish pub and restaurant A Terrible Beauty (the first one is in Renton).

“West Seattle is our stomping grounds!” Jenna told WSB. She and her husband have long
enjoyed the community and the restaurants in West Seattle. Jenna explained that when they have some time off, or have a “date night,” they just head to West Seattle without even having a definite place in mind because of the myriad good options here. Having kept an eye on this specific space, once it became available, they went for it. They’re thrilled to have the chance to create and share what she says will be a warm, welcoming authentic Irish pub and restaurant as an affordable destination for this community.

They plan to have 30 beers on tap and will be doing in-house baking and cooking just like at their original location.

The menu will be the same as the original pub, and A Terrible Beauty will be family-friendly in West Seattle as well. The outside will have a custom stone facing to give it that pub look.

The orange wall behind the counter in the photo above is being renovated will have a custom-built wooden shelved bar, and she’s hoping to get some stylish old wooden doors for the front entrance.

Jenna came to America from Ireland when she was 10. She and Paddy have 6 kids; one of her adult sons was there helping with the remodeling.

What about what some consider the curse of the California/Edmunds location? Their flagship pub in Renton is 7,500 square feet, and was in a space that she says previously had a terrible reputation for 10 years. But she says that with their commitment to authenticity, quality and affordability, A Terrible Beauty built up a strong reputation quickly, growing from 6 employees to 34 in their first year there. Sometimes they’re having to turn patrons away on a Wednesday night!

What will the food be like? Look to their menu online for a preview … Jenna is a vegetarian and ensures that there are appealing choices for vegetarians (she’s excited to hear Chaco Canyon Organic Café is opening in West Seattle too).

So the southeast end of the heart of The Junction won’t be semi-empty for long after all – with A Terrible Beauty moving into ex-Table 35, Bang Bar Thai Restaurant moving into ex-Tom Yum Koong next door, and The Sneakery taking over ex-Liberty Bell.

P.S. You can find A Terrible Beauty on Facebook here, and on Twitter (@terriblebeauty_ ).

79 Comments

  1. Our friends in Renton rave about Terrible Beauty. Hurrah! A great addition to the neighborhood!

    Comment by Kim Sharpe Jones — 10:42 pm March 25, 2011 #

  2. Another pub will serve the Junction well (especially if it is as kid friendly as Elliot Bay Brewery). Some nights, when they are packed, it is hard to wait for a table w/ the kiddos (for obvious reasons). Having more options is a good thing!

    Congrats O’Brians and welcome – from one Irishman to another!

    Comment by Dirk Digler — 10:44 pm March 25, 2011 #

  3. If you include a kids’ play area where parents can view them while dining, then you’ll fill a huge need in this community.

    Comment by neighborly — 10:58 pm March 25, 2011 #

  4. Any chance of getting rarebit on the menu? Still haven’t found a good one in Seattle. Also, please include a good variety in those 30 taps!

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

    Comment by wsgolfer — 11:03 pm March 25, 2011 #

  5. Yummy!! I’m a sucker for pub grub :-)

    Comment by Jen — 11:05 pm March 25, 2011 #

  6. Kid friendly? Try chuckie cheese

    Comment by Pablo Loco — 11:16 pm March 25, 2011 #

  7. Ooh! Will they do sessions? It would be great to have one in West Seattle!

    Comment by datamuse — 11:18 pm March 25, 2011 #

  8. Wow – they aren’t kidding about the Renton location, how many pubs has it been in the last 10 years?
    Just a search of the address pulls up 3 prior to A Terrible Beauty!
    Would be cool to have an Irish Open Music Session here in West Seattle, too.

    Comment by MargL — 11:21 pm March 25, 2011 #

  9. Ah, it’s so cute how optimistic they sound! (don’t they know that spot is cursed?)

    Comment by Alex — 11:41 pm March 25, 2011 #

  10. Btw, nice one Pablo! When I go to a pub, I don’t want to hear kids screaming. Pubs are for adults. Take the kids to Red Robin or something, or *gasp* get a babysitter. :)

    Comment by Alex — 11:46 pm March 25, 2011 #

  11. I have no kids, but I love seeing people bring theirs to places like Elliott Bay. It gives it a nice atmosphere and I can’t remember the last time I was bothered by a kid in a restaurant, pub or otherwise. Expecting families to only be welcome in crappy chains is ridiculous.

    I’m looking forward to this place opening. I don’t often go to Irish pubs because they rarely have a good beer selection, but this one looks better than usual in that regard.

    Comment by Nena — 1:09 am March 26, 2011 #

  12. I’ve noticed Pablo Loco tends to post a lot of comments suggesting people go places other than West Seattle; that’s not very cool. We’ve got a great neighborhood. If you don’t like kids, go elsewhere. People have kids. Deal with it or shut up, but don’t be a WS miser.

    Comment by ummm — 3:10 am March 26, 2011 #

  13. An Irish Pub and restaurant? Yes! I have a feeling the location just found a keeper!

    Comment by cj — 4:25 am March 26, 2011 #

  14. I think the 7,500 sq ft flagship pub is in Renton rather than Bellevue. I’ve only been there for breakfast, but it was really good. I hope the WS location will be open for breakfast, too – especially on weekends!

    Comment by Jen — 7:11 am March 26, 2011 #

  15. This is very exciting, as a a huge fan of the Renton locaton West Seattle is going to love, A Terrible Beauty becasue it is a excellent place for gatherings and a beer and of course Happy Hour!! I am a parent and have always appreciated the fact that they are family friendly until 9pm and then it turns into a “adult” pub!! West Seattle youa re going to love this resturant!! The food is amazing!!

    Comment by Andrea — 7:26 am March 26, 2011 #

  16. The menu looks fantastic! We can’t wait. Thank you for being family friendly!

    Comment by Dc — 7:43 am March 26, 2011 #

  17. This is very good news! Am already getting excited….

    Comment by Magpie — 7:46 am March 26, 2011 #

  18. From one Irishmen to another….welcome!! I cannot wait! As we all know, curses are made to be broken..or is that rules??? No matter….welcome!!!

    Comment by RJB — 8:24 am March 26, 2011 #

  19. So exited! I don’t think the spot is cursed, I just don’t think they have had the right concept. Another casual family friendly spot is a great idea. Who doesn’t love an Irish pub? Occasional live irish music is a must! Please!

    Comment by hatcher — 8:36 am March 26, 2011 #

  20. Welcome to WS! The Celtic Swell shouldn’t be our only irish pub – though I love the Swell – no curse stands a chance against the luck of the Irish!

    Comment by Alkidoc — 9:11 am March 26, 2011 #

  21. hmm..not so sure we need another place for people to get plastered in the Junction..but, what the heck. The menu looks fun-
    - I was SOOO hoping that the infamous ‘The Counter’ burger joint in Ballard would have taken over that space.
    -
    Gotta hit Chaco soon :)

    Comment by grr — 9:40 am March 26, 2011 #

  22. Speaking of our other Irish pub, The Swell, – the few times I’ve been in there I’ve _loved_ the grub but the acoustics are painful! Get large number of people chatting away and it’s impossible to hear the person next to you unless their mouth is next to your ear! Can’t imagine adding music to that mix.

    Not sure how it is in A Terrible Beauty’s current venue but the owner’s might ask the musicians who play there if there’s anything that could be taken into consideration for the remodel of the new place to make live music the most enjoyable to both musicians and diners.

    Pablo – screaming children might be the _least_ of your worries if you get an over amplified live jazz band in there first.

    Comment by MargL — 9:50 am March 26, 2011 #

  23. Irish Pub in West Seattle, wonderful news but leave the kids with a sitter. I raised 2 children & took them to family type restaurants. Its not a question of liking kids or not. There are places for adults & places for kids. I wouldn’t dream of telling people in this space to ”shut up” or go elsewhere. A bit of class please or at least fake it if you have none.

    Comment by Norma Berube-Adler — 10:21 am March 26, 2011 #

  24. Ummmmmm, I actually think kids in pubs til 9pm is a pretty authentic Irish experience. Dear friends of ours traveled to the Emerald Isle a few years back and took their kiddos with them to pubs throughout!

    Comment by Jen — 10:33 am March 26, 2011 #

  25. sounds like a great addition to the Junction!! We love Elliott Bay, and would appreciate more pub style eateries… We’ll bring our well-behaved kids there if they are welcomed too- What is with people and their “beef” about families patronizing restaurants that allow in kids? We are good patrons and good tippers when we take the kids with us! If someone’s kids are really bothering you at a restaurant then speak to them about it and stop hiding behind your typed words on the forum! Families like special nights out too! We welcome you Terrible Beauty~

    Comment by ttt — 10:40 am March 26, 2011 #

  26. I dont think the issue is with a place being family friendly, but with this comment: “If you include a kids’ play area where parents can view them while dining, then you’ll fill a huge need in this community.” A play area? McDonalds. Chuckie Cheese. Etc etc. I’m all for families at restaurants if they’re sitting at the table eating, but when it turns into romper room is when it crosses the line.

    That said, I LOVE ATB in Renton, and we are SO pumped to have them in WS.

    Comment by jd — 11:27 am March 26, 2011 #

  27. Do redheads eat for free?

    Comment by JBL — 11:28 am March 26, 2011 #

  28. The kids till 9 concept sounds like a fair compromise, I suppose. :/
    .
    TTT: Do you always tip DOUBLE when you bring kids? Because kid’s meals are cheap, but they make well more than twice the mess (and general mayhem, etc.) for the staff to clean up. FYI, the source of my bias against screaming kids in restaurants isn’t just that it’s annoying to put up with as a fellow customer, it’s that I dealt with it for a long time as a server. Don’t judge until you’ve had to stay late after a shift picking cheerios off the ground, or scraping crayon off the table.

    Comment by Alex — 11:34 am March 26, 2011 #

  29. Ditto the rarebit request. Irish food is my comfort food. Welcome to the neighborhood.

    Comment by Susan — 12:03 pm March 26, 2011 #

  30. To ttt- Whose hiding here? No need for me to hide behind typed words. Its plain & simple, we as patrons should not have to tell ”parents of loud children” to behave. Not a job I want when I am out & about. Families like ”special nights” too then by all means make it special by taking your family to a ”family” type eaterie. If it is an Irish tradition to include children of all ages in a pub, I would not argue that point in Ireland but I would here. Enough said. Best of luck to Terrible Beauty!

    Comment by Norma Berube-Adler — 12:10 pm March 26, 2011 #

  31. @Jen: my husband and I went to Ireland last year and yes, that’s very much the case (we don’t have kids, but we spent a LOT of time in pubs!). It’s really not a big deal.
    .
    I mean, c’mon, people, a proper pub is noisy anyway. Unless the kid’s really being a handful chances are you won’t even notice. Can we let the place open and get settled in before we start criticizing? Geez.
    .
    Oh god, their menu has corned beef and cabbage. My husband is making that today. If he can get it locally without having to make it himself I will never get him out of there! :D

    Comment by datamuse — 12:30 pm March 26, 2011 #

  32. Flash mob with kidlets!!!
    ~
    massive stroller parking at Elliott BB is evidence of family friendly culture in WS, and abundance of families with desire to go out together and spend money at local eateries/pubs
    ~
    one of the previous restaurants at this location was not fond of children in their establishment; where are they now?
    ~
    Welcome A Terrible Beauty

    Comment by Diane — 12:48 pm March 26, 2011 #

  33. Love the idea of another Irish Pub in West Seattle (HT to the Celtic Swell at Alki), and one that is kid friendly makes my heart sing! Besides, any reason to stay in West Seattle for my drinking, eating, playing, shopping, etc. is a GOOD thing IMO. :-)
    .
    Welcome Jenna and Paddy! We can’t wait to meet you!

    Comment by Cheryl — 1:16 pm March 26, 2011 #

  34. Wow! I hope the luck o’ the Irish follows you here as well. Irish pub that is family friendly and vegetarian friendly – I’ll definetly be there.

    Comment by Sonia — 1:36 pm March 26, 2011 #

  35. @ all those nay’sayers for a kid-friendly pub… if you are so worried about kids being loud, what are you going to do with all the drunken people who shout and are obnoxious?

    Enough said about that topic… don’t be haters, just enjoy being in West Seattle.

    Comment by Sonia — 1:46 pm March 26, 2011 #

  36. I am SOOOOOOO excited! Can’t wait to try it out!

    Comment by j — 1:49 pm March 26, 2011 #

  37. Tá fáilte romhaibh! Really like the place in Renton and happy to now have you in our neighborhood!

    Comment by Laconique — 1:50 pm March 26, 2011 #

  38. Hey grrr, maybe it’s your experience, but I am able to go to a bar, and even have a drink or two, and leave WITHOUT BEING HAMMERED! I know! Hard to believe, but one or two drinks doesn’t necessarily need to lead to inebriation. Sorry for you that isn’t apparent.

    Comment by dawsonct — 1:50 pm March 26, 2011 #

  39. Elliott BB could use a little healthy competition, IMHO– a deep clean and some upgrades would help a lot.

    Comment by Keith — 2:00 pm March 26, 2011 #

  40. excited that they are moving into the space. so many items on the menu look soooo tasty. I know the Reuben will convince my husband to try the place. welcome to west Seattle!

    Comment by sam-c — 2:09 pm March 26, 2011 #

  41. There’s no such thing as a kid friendly Irish pub. Mutually exclusive…if either concept is to maintain any integrity. I’m a childless alcoholic…I know these things.

    Count me among the ones that count the spot as cursed…incredibly and inexplicably so, but cursed none the less. But so what? Can’t much tear the place down, eh? They’d do well to split that square footage about in half and get two spots there…you’ll NEVER fill that place up enough on a regular enough basis to make what I’m sure is an outrageous monthly lease. That said, I wish them much luck…

    The problems hereunto have probably had to do with too much “fusion”…you know…like kid friendly Irish pubs (!?!?!?…every time I think of it it gets stranger).

    Comment by HimAgain — 2:17 pm March 26, 2011 #

  42. Mistakes were made by previous owners. Table 35 suffered from an UTTER lack of focus (what WERE they?).
    Ama-Ama made a couple of bad mistakes from the beginning, including expanding their vision to fit the space, and choosing an opening chef who wasn’t ready on any level for the responsibility required of the position. A couple of good recipes doesn’t cover for an overall lack of vision, laziness, and inability to manage a crew.
    Ovio had the misfortune to have their rising superstar chef die unexpectedly (I’m certain everyone who follows food trends in America would have been very familiar with Eddie Montoya by now), and the kitchen and management team never really recovered from the shock, in my opinion.
    Nothing “cursed,” simply the reality of the restaurant business. The fact that it is on a corner simply gives any failure more visibility; it’s a matter of perception. A small mid-block storefront that has a bunch of turnover is hardly noticed.

    Comment by dawsonct — 2:47 pm March 26, 2011 #

  43. Welcome to West Seattle TB!! Can’t wait til you open – we live less than a mile away, and will likely be regulars! Looking forward to good beer, good food, and good music! I don’t think the spot is cursed – I just think it has been waiting for a cool, laid back, neighborhood pub to move in.

    Comment by Dandelion — 3:10 pm March 26, 2011 #

  44. From The Renton Reporter:
    As a girl, Jenna’s father gave her a book of Irish photos called “Ireland, a Terrible Beauty.” He then told her that Ireland will only live up to its potential by taking from its history.

    The book’s title comes from a poem about the Irish insurrection against the English, called Easter, 1916, by William Butler Yeats.

    Although the revolt was unsuccessful, it was a major event leading to the Irish War of Independence.

    The last four lines are centered on the pub’s menu cover.

    “Now and in time to be,
    Wherever green is worn,
    Are changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.”

    Also from the same article, re the Renton location:
    In Ireland, pubs are a place people go to celebrate, but they’re also a place for families. She worked hard to get a license from the state to allow children in the pub.

    “When you walk into an Irish pub, you should feel like you walked into a part of Ireland,” Jenna said. “It’s part of our heritage.”

    The couple created nooks and crannies in the large space and brought in oversized leather sofas for people to cozy up in.

    Comment by Sonoma — 3:59 pm March 26, 2011 #

  45. We’re in White Center, so we’ve hit the Renton locale on several occasions. I have a cousin who travels for business and ends up in Renton a lot, so we use it to meet up with her. They seem to have something for everyone, and are also a great breakfast joint. It will be lovely to have another location to choose from.

    Minor-friendly is also nice – well-behaved kids of all ages (ours are older) are lovely to have around during a family meal. We constantly want to take our teens to places that make our favorite food, but can’t because many of them – though just a restaurant/bar – are 21+.

    Comment by Verde — 7:03 pm March 26, 2011 #

  46. Wow…the comments are crazy. The people that don’t want kids there, probably don’t have them. And, as a mom, and years of restaurant experience in my past…I always do my best to pick up the mess below us. It is always appreciated by staff. Let’s just all go there and have a good time, let’s just all get along…little ones and big ones.

    Comment by Sara — 7:28 pm March 26, 2011 #

  47. @HimAgain: err…have you BEEN to Ireland? I don’t suppose people there would describe pubs as “kid-friendly” because the question doesn’t really arise. They’re not allowed in after 9pm, but during the day, it’s just the norm.

    Comment by datamuse — 8:05 pm March 26, 2011 #

  48. @jd: or the Montlake Ale House, with its Toddler Pit. :D

    Comment by datamuse — 8:25 pm March 26, 2011 #

  49. I have kids, and I don’t want to see kids when I go to a pub. Leave them home or bring them to places that are obviously made for kids.
    .
    Don’t listen to these crazy parents! “Kid friendly” means doom! :-)

    Comment by lil_gal — 9:12 pm March 26, 2011 #

  50. If I pay more than $5 for a complete meal I don’t want to be around a ‘play area’…dinner out is an expensive proposition esp in this economy.

    Comment by Petunia — 9:29 pm March 26, 2011 #

  51. Congratulations and Welcome.

    Comment by Deb Breuler — 10:05 pm March 26, 2011 #

  52. Too many comments to read them all, but am I picking up that kids can drink beer here and there will be a play area for adults? That’s pretty cool you guys!

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — 10:13 pm March 26, 2011 #

  53. Very excited to have Trad just down the street. Welcome!

    Comment by Yardvark — 10:21 pm March 26, 2011 #

  54. @ ummm – where are all these places you say I speak of? and I did not know you could tell someone to shut up on this board, so back at ya

    Comment by Paul — 11:27 pm March 26, 2011 #

  55. Sounds great — welcome, Terrible Beauty!
    Regarding kids and pubs — EBB’s “kids’ platter” is one of the very best kiddie-menu items I’ve seen, at any restaurant of any stripe, and that’s no accident — EBB does a terrific job with families.
    Can’t wait to give Terrible Beauty a similar try, with or without the young ones; have heard great things.

    Comment by JasonG — 11:54 pm March 26, 2011 #

  56. I don’t mind kids in pubs, but the play area idea was just a bit too much for most of us. Just sayin. ;D

    Comment by Cascadianone — 4:54 am March 27, 2011 #

  57. Chaco Canyon has one. Seems smart.

    Comment by Neighborly — 10:24 am March 27, 2011 #

  58. Come on, people! Who doesn’t enjoy an expensive night out, only to hear screaming brats from appetizer through dessert? Fun times!

    Seriously, there are plenty of places to take your kids. Does it have to be everywhere?

    Comment by Darkseid — 1:26 pm March 27, 2011 #

  59. @ Bob L – very funny!

    Comment by ajwren — 2:36 pm March 27, 2011 #

  60. I thought the word pub was short for public house? Oh wait, this is West Seattle blog, where kids, bicyclists and pedestrians are frowned upon.
    As long as the restaurant allows it and my child is well behaved, I’m taking my kid there. Cheers.

    Comment by c_wit — 3:46 pm March 27, 2011 #

  61. The A Terrible Beauty coming to West Seattle? High Time I say. Jenna is a great fit for the Junction.
    She is the best part of Renton- now. Can’t wait to lift a pint of HARP at the new West Seattle spot-
    She can drive any lingering snakes from that spot.

    Comment by MAX VEKICH — 4:25 pm March 27, 2011 #

  62. C_wit, no, WSB doesn’t frown on kids, bicycles and pedestrians. (While we don’t take editorial positions as a news organization it’s not particularly editorializing to say we’re perfectly in favor of all of the above, plus drivers, bus riders, skateboard riders, paddleboarders ….) Some commenters certainly have strong opinions. Some don’t. Like any news site, only a tiny fraction of readers comment, and who knows who’s really the “silent majority” – thanks for being non-silent, though! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:36 pm March 27, 2011 #

  63. Is there a correlation between spending a lot of time online, posting comments to blogs, and finding childhood offensive? Most people I meet in person appreciate children quite a bit.

    Comment by neighborly — 10:37 pm March 27, 2011 #

  64. Being from Renton (with inlaws in WS), I can say that A Terrible Beauty has singlehandedly helped put downtown Renton on the map for a lot of people who didn’t even know it existed. I have friends from Capitol Hill who come to hang out at A Terrible Beauty for the food and music. And the brunch is fantastic. Just to assuage concerns over the location in WS, the location in Renton was definitely considered “cursed,” as well. People rolled their eyes when another Irish pub opened there, but the O’Briens really know what they’re doing, especially in the food dept. Their food is absolutely scrumptious, and their bar is great, too. You guys have a lot to look forward to!

    Oh, and regarding the kid situation, honestly, the Renton location is always quite lively, with either live or recorded music, and I’ve *never* been bothered by kids there. However, it’s quite large (two stories), and they have things like a Foosball table upstairs, which I’ve seen kids playing with, so perhaps that serves as an official play area.

    Comment by Kevin — 9:22 am March 28, 2011 #

  65. I completely agree with jd. No ‘kids play area’ please. That would be an absolute nightmare. They’re always the loudest source of noise. If you want screaming out of control kids then by all means put in a kids play area. I have no problem with kids sitting down and eating with family….I hope all your booths are filled with families each night.

    Comment by Cowpie — 9:25 am March 28, 2011 #

  66. @neighborly: No one in this forum finds children offensive. As a mother of 2 now adult children, I always had the good sense to take my kids to places frequented by other mothers & their children. A pub should never be a place for young children – why even expose them to drinking at an early age.
    Children in France often drink wine at mealtimes – it is not what we do here. Want to put my $ down & enjoy without having to be exposed to wailing kids or misbehaving children. There are other places to go to & as one blogger said ”do you have to take them everywhere”

    Comment by Norma Berube-Adler — 9:36 am March 28, 2011 #

  67. West Seattle, how lucky can you be to have the magic of Jenna and Paddy come to you! In Renton, there are areas off-limits to those under 21. We find the food, tasty; the servings, ample; the menu, incredible; and the servers, speedy and friendly. Talked myself into it, guess I’ll be there for dinner tonight!

    Comment by Shirley — 4:17 pm March 28, 2011 #

  68. Excited about having an Irish pub here in the Junction. I’ve been to Ireland, sat in many a pub there, and on one particular occasion, listened to music in the pub while sitting at a table with my children. I asked if it was okay they were there, and the bar guy looked at me as though I were nuts. “Of course!” So an Irish pub that wouldn’t welcome children, wouldn’t be an authentic Irish pub. Besides which, the volume of an out of control child can’t compete with a group of men listening to “football”.

    Comment by Kathleen — 6:50 am March 29, 2011 #

  69. I’ve been dreaming of a new Irish pub in “downtown” West Seattle since I moved here 3 years ago! We love this neighborhood, and it sounds like the O’Brien folks will be a great fit. Looking forward to enjoying a pint of the black stuff with yous.

    Comment by Tim — 9:51 am March 29, 2011 #

  70. I don’t mind kids in a restaurant at all, but a play area? That I don’t understand.

    I learned as a child that going out to a restaurant was a time that I was supposed to sit at the table with the adults, eating and talking with them. Doing so was how I learned by example to behave in a restaurant for the rest of my life.

    Playing was a separate experience, saved for before or after dinner, either at home, or outside.

    I’m guessing that may be what some folks here are getting at?

    Comment by rlv — 3:04 pm March 31, 2011 #

  71. So excited! We frequent Terrible Beauty twice a week in Renton. We just moved to West Seattle…and are so excited! Jenna is awesome, and the food is delish! Beef dip all the way!

    Comment by Patti and Travis — 11:46 am April 2, 2011 #

  72. Terrible Beauty has the BEST Reuben’s anywhere :) it’s a great restaurant – I’m so thrilled they’re coming to West Seattle!

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 7:36 am April 16, 2011 #

  73. I’ve lived in the Soundview apartments just across the five-point intersection from what’s going to be our new “A Terrible Beauty” and have had a view of it for almost nine years.

    When I first moved here, that spot was a gay bar “Guppies”, then “Ovio”, then “Ama Ama”, then “Table 35″. As being so close to this place, I’ve always wished there would be just a great bar/restaurant to hang out after work and such.

    About a week ago, my girlfriend and I were walking to dinner (Talaricos) and I noticed the Irish flag in the window. I INSTANTLY assumed (and hoped) that this location would be an Irish Pub! And sure enough, while peeking in the windows, I saw the menu and was elated!

    Three things I love: Stout, Traditional Irish music, and pub grub! I’ll be their first customer!

    (And I can see the construction from my window!)

    Comment by Anthony Evans — 7:12 pm April 17, 2011 #

  74. We walked right by EBB tonight because of the jogging strollers and lines of folks with kids. We would have spent about $50 for two of us in there tonight. We’ve done this several times. We even remarked at how we like Feedback and Talaricos because it’s not a screamy kiddie experience like EBB has become. We like kids – just not in a pub. Sorry folks – you ruin my microbrew when I have to sit next to your 3 year old. Just sayin’

    Comment by Beer with the kids — 9:54 pm April 19, 2011 #

  75. The location probably isn’t cursed but local perception holds that it is–ask just about anyone.

    Bring in the priest, shaman, or whatever you like. Burn sage and wave it in every corner. If I were you I’d make a show of it–or even a joke of it–rather than sweeping it under the carpet like previous owners did.

    Who knows? A curse may add to Terrible Beauty mystique!

    Comment by Whitney — 11:03 am April 29, 2011 #

  76. Wow…watch out Gareth. You finally have some competition in town.

    Comment by BretM — 1:15 pm May 2, 2011 #

  77. Just had a Smithwicks in a Guinness glass @ Paddy Coyne’s last week – ick – please keep up the Irish Pub tradition and serve your delicious beer in a proper beer glass :) – I love going to Ireland and watching the bartenders pour a perfect beer into a perfect beer glass, it’s an art, and tastes so much better! Yay

    Comment by Kristen — 6:58 am May 10, 2011 #

  78. …and Kell’s occupies the old city morgue and has done just fine. That is not one of West Seattle’s cursed places. I wish the owners all the best. Good to have you in the ‘hood.

    Comment by Macaroon — 4:18 pm May 30, 2011 #

  79. Ni feidir fanacht leat a oscailt! Is fearr de luck. Pog dom, ta me na heireann agus an Guinness pas a fhail. ☺

    Comment by HappilyWaiting — 7:45 pm June 5, 2011 #

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