West Seattle biznotes: Thunder Road Guitars; Second Gear Sports; Harry’s Chicken Joint; JC’s Deli; future Panda Express…

September 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 14 Comments

Updates on four West Seattle businesses and one in the works:

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: West Seattle’s only guitar shop, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) at 3916 California SW, is making changes so you have more opportunities to come in. From proprietor Frank Gross:

We are expanding our hours! Since we opened our storefront in November it has been quite clear our hours are a bit limited and I have heard from many customers that we are closed when they come by. That said, we want to make sure everyone who wants to come see the store and makes the trip can! Our new hours are as follows:

Monday: By Appointment
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: Closed

SECOND GEAR SPORTS: The new consignment (etc.) shop in Morgan Junction, first noted here August 6th, is now officially open, after a while in “soft open” mode. We stopped by the 6529 California SW storefront for a photo of owners Mark and Ellen Bremen:

They have just decided on their permanent hours, Ellen says – 10 am-6 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am-5 pm Sundays, closed Mondays. They don’t have a website yet but you can find them on Facebook, here.

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: The restaurant’s six-months-in-business celebration this past weekend was a hit; we stopped in while they were cooking more chicken for the party:

And now we’re sharing the news that Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor) is changing its hours for fall – Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4 pm-8 pm. Find Harry’s at 6032 California SW.

JC’S DELI: New hours here too, as the deli at 9007 35th SW approaches its first anniversary – Fridays through Tuesdays, 11 am-7:30 pm, with the caveat from proprietor Jeanette Cummings that they might close early on slow Sundays.

UPDATE – PANDA EXPRESS IN WESTWOOD VILLAGE: Seven months have passed since we reported that the national Asian-food chain appeared to be headed to part of the former Hollywood Video space on the south side of Westwood Village, and with no activity in the space since then, we’ve received some questions recently about whether it’s still in the works. Today, we found new proof that it is – the interior work is out for bids, which are to be opened this Thursday, so it looks like work will start soon.

14 Comments

  1. Huge love for JC’s. If you haven’t been there yet, you should! Nummers.

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 1:29 pm September 10, 2013 #

  2. I’ve been trying to give Harry’s another shot after a very mediocre plate in their first month, but they sure are making it hard.

    So far I’m 3/3 for them being closed. The 1st time was earlier this summer but it turns out they eliminated their lunch service. In the past couple weeks I’ve made 2 more attempts only to find they had sold out and closed up early.

    guess it is not meant to be.

    Comment by Jacob — 1:55 pm September 10, 2013 #

  3. Hooray for Mark and Ellen! Nice to see a cool local businesses run by local people. And two of the nicest people around. I wish you every success.

    Comment by Eden — 2:04 pm September 10, 2013 #

  4. Yay Mark and Ellen!

    Comment by Bonnie — 2:33 pm September 10, 2013 #

  5. Panda Express? How fun! = )

    Second Gear Sports– great, I need a bike!

    Harry, hope to try you soon!

    Comment by happy — 3:54 pm September 10, 2013 #

  6. I’m not a guitar player but I have to say that I love that Thunder Road is there. Mr. Gross clearly has a great aesthetic as he has done an excellent job of setting up an attractively merchandised store with lots of cool, old guitars that are fun to browse. Not that I’m complaining that there are so many retail food stores around the greater Junction, but I have to say that it is nice to see some non-food business diversity.

    Comment by cjboffoli — 6:29 pm September 10, 2013 #

  7. I definitely need to head by Thunder Road. I’m in the market for a new guitar (good lord do I hate my washburn) and feel the need to torture someone with my drummer-playing-guitar “prowess”. :)

    …Sorry in advance for the awful bar chords. hah

    Comment by Mr. Matt — 7:00 pm September 10, 2013 #

  8. A consignment sports store! YES I will be in I have piles of sports equiment from various ages!! Welcome to the junction.

    Comment by Silly Goose — 8:38 pm September 10, 2013 #

  9. Whoops, the “yay, music!” to Thunder Road didn’t make the earlier note. Sorry about that, Thunder road!

    Comment by happy — 9:18 pm September 10, 2013 #

  10. Three great businesses for us to have in WS!

    Comment by WS parent — 9:23 pm September 10, 2013 #

  11. I sure hope they use real panda at Panda Express, I’m tired of mediocre, faux panda.

    Comment by pigeonmom — 10:21 pm September 10, 2013 #

  12. @ Jacob

    I am sorry you were not able to come in and sample our offerings. Please give us a call and we will treat you a nice dinner to make up for the inconvenience.

    To all- we suggest calling to make sure we are open.

    We are small and our production and storage are very limited and often we run out before closing time. Our chicken is labor and time intensive and produced in very small batches.

    We understand we could solve a lot of production problems if we did not brine the chicken for a day in buttermilk, or if we chose to not double-dredge the pieces in our flour/spice mix. We could skip a step and not smoke the chicken and perhaps even save time and fry the birds in conventional fryers instead of cast-iron skillets.

    But this slow, long process is what makes our chicken unique and we hope most of our friends and guests appreciate the difference.

    Thanks for listening.

    Comment by harry'schickenjoint — 8:53 am September 11, 2013 #

  13. We just wanted to say thank you to WSB and our community for giving us such a warm welcome. Mark and I couldn’t be more excited to have a business in our neighborhood. We’re inspired by the other businesses listed in this piece, as well :-). Ellen Bremen

    Comment by Ellen Bremen — 9:56 pm September 11, 2013 #

  14. Love love love Harry’s Chicken! Have had their food twice so far this summer (both dinner) and it’s some of the best fried chicken I’ve tried in Seattle over many years. The cole slaw is unique as well, kind of pickled rather than mayo-style. Yum, it really is worth it, just call ahead.

    Looking forward to Second Gear and as a non-guitar player I also love that Thunder Road is there–great storefront and I hope they are getting tons of business.

    Comment by Admiral Gal — 8:20 am September 12, 2013 #

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