Redline WS: New family-friendly sports bar/restaurant almost ready to open

October 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 48 Comments

(From left, Scott Goerig, Mike Bauer, Joshua Huckabay)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The new family-friendly sports bar/restaurant Redline WS is days away from opening.

While it’s just across 35th SW from the site that until three years ago housed the Redline, whose then-proprietor Scott Goerig is now a consultant for Redline WS, this is not a re-creation or relocation. This is something new.

Mike Bauer, retired from the telecom industry, is Redline WS’s owner; he and Goerig talked with us on Monday as finishing touches were well under way.

We found out they’re intending the establishment on the street level of The Residences at 3295 to be not “just” a sports bar and restaurant, but also a coffee shop geared toward the numerous commuters who catch and/or change buses steps away at the busy 35th/Avalon intersection.

“Our biggest hope is that people will understand we are trying to take this to the next level,” Goerig enthuses.

First, if you recall hearing about a “new” Redline in 2011 – then our first Redline WS report in March, when they were hoping to open in June – you might wonder what took so long.

Keep in mind – the building itself has gone through ownership changes on the long road to completion. Goerig says work on the Redline WS space – which will seat 105, more than half in the “family-friendly space” – really only began in mid-June.

Inside, its decor is modern/industrial – stainless steel, chrome, silver/gray/black except for the “red line” theme across the walls.

Sixteen TVs/screens so far, most of them 50″, with up to 30 possible at this point – but they are not only for sports; four are Internet-connected screens that will be showing Metro times thanks to One Bus Away.

Whether you’re waiting or hanging out, the bar itself just might be the biggest in West Seattle, the Redline WS team – which also includes consultant Kris Quigley – suggests.

It has 14 taps, and while they’re not ready to release the full list, they promise “a lot of local craft beers,” including one that will be branded “Redline Red.”

Now, as for the food. “We wanted to bring to the market something different than ‘just a sports bar’,” Goerig explains.

While the food won’t be served family style, much of it is meant to be “sharable,” with platters of “gourmet sliders” – totaling half a pound of Angus beef, plus toppings and custom-baked buns (including “cheesy garlic”). Wings will come with a “big sauce menu.” Pizza will be hand-tossed New York style. Goerig says it’ll be big for “one place to get these three things right.”

Also on the menu, which we got a brief peek at – other offerings from salads to sandwiches to fried pickle chips to hot dogs – Hebrew National, Bauer points out, and nicely prepared for patrons of any age, not just a side note on the kids’ menu (yes, Redline has one of those, too).

They’re proud of the local ingredients and condiments they will offer. Bauer mentions West Seattle-based Shipwreck Honey, for example, with customers getting the chance to buy and take home a Shipwreck-filled honey bear.

The hours will evolve, with lunch/dinner/etc. the first focus, then opening earlier – eventually 6 am – after a month or so, with coffee, pastries, bagels, etc.

It’ll be all-ages until 10 pm.

And all ages will be welcome in the game corner – arcade games are on the way, the Redline WS team says, from pinball to skee ball.

“This is really and truly supposed to be for everyone,” the Redline WS team wants you to know. As for when they’ll open – as of our visit, they had four inspections to pass, but they remained hopeful of at least a soft open by week’s end, with a “grand opening” following about a week later. We’ll have an update when we get the word.

48 Comments

  1. Congratulations and good luck! New businesses are so exciting. Will visit for sure…

    Comment by neoyogi — 3:58 pm October 29, 2013 #

  2. Apologies – this story filed over the day’s previous report about orcas and I didn’t notice in time to fix it before comments started coming in. Our system doesn’t facilitate moving of comments between stories; anyone interested in reposting their comment here is more than welcome! Sorry! – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 4:00 pm October 29, 2013 #

  3. How many parking spaces are in the garage?

    Comment by sw — 4:05 pm October 29, 2013 #

  4. Weird. They didn’t mention anything about parking…

    Comment by WSGuy — 4:12 pm October 29, 2013 #

  5. While this story was briefly published to the wrong page, the parking issue came up. I didn’t mention it in the story but when we were talking with Scott Goerig to set up the interview, he mentioned Redline WS will have parking in the Residences at 3295 garage. (Side note – looking at some documents, since I don’t have a coverage archive because the building was reviewed and approved before we started doing this fulltime, it was proposed with 130 parking spaces for 60 apartments plus the restaurant space, which in the early 2000s was apparently, according to documents, envisioned as a Starbucks and Quizno’s!) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:17 pm October 29, 2013 #

  6. Take a bus, cab or walk. People are going to get hammered.

    Comment by no — 4:41 pm October 29, 2013 #

  7. Navigating a parking garage after I have consumed many beers probably isn’t the best choice I could make.

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    I will be sharing a cab or riding the bus when I do go, can’t wait.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:42 pm October 29, 2013 #

  8. While this isn’t a “sports bar” I can say that the TV situation in this place is insane. Can’t wait to watch some crazy college and NFL action here.
    Not to mention with the set up of the TV’s and size of bar with the custom boths etc… March Madness is goign to be alot of fun at this place. Every single game on. I might die.

    Comment by Gesser — 5:11 pm October 29, 2013 #

  9. Now with the Redline opening soon.. any update on the The Bridge’s closing ?

    Comment by chris — 5:12 pm October 29, 2013 #

  10. Since my bars, Alki Tavern and Rocksport, are gone now I’m thinking this may just be my new home…

    Comment by Kara — 5:14 pm October 29, 2013 #

  11. YYYYAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! YYYYYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by MONROE1200 — 5:50 pm October 29, 2013 #

  12. Although I will stick to bars without children, I do wish them all the best!

    Comment by here — 6:06 pm October 29, 2013 #

  13. Definitely not interested in trying to eat and converse with that many tvs.

    Comment by coffee — 6:10 pm October 29, 2013 #

  14. Yaaaaaaaaaaay! This is awesome!

    Comment by Hollywood — 6:13 pm October 29, 2013 #

  15. Only one TV audio feed, per room. There won’t be conflicting audio from all the TVs. News in the morning (maybe The Price is Right… lol). But basically we’re all sports. Sports TV trumps everything else here. Occasionally some house music, but no juke box to compete with.

    We have limited parking in our 35th Ave garage (and think about it… how many places in West Seattle have any parking at all?). Don’t forget, the street is free. And virtually every bus that comes in and out of the WS stops at our door. Take the 21, 50, 773 (Water Taxi Shuttle), and the C-line. They all stop at our door, both north and southbound. We encourage it as the best option, anyway.

    We ARE totally sports!

    Comment by Mike — 7:09 pm October 29, 2013 #

  16. Breakfast?

    Comment by CR — 8:16 pm October 29, 2013 #

  17. That Avalon corridor is notoriously merciless on bar/restaurants that don’t have their act together, so time will tell. However, they were smart to wait until the popular Bridge was forced to move out, creating a timely vacuum.

    Comment by Mel — 8:28 pm October 29, 2013 #

  18. Oooooohhhhhhhh! I’m glad it’s family friendly – lots of my friends have children.

    Comment by heather — 9:02 pm October 29, 2013 #

  19. Please prove me wrong – place looks very doomed. I just can’t imagine how it will work longtime on THAT corner….

    Comment by Thd — 9:37 pm October 29, 2013 #

  20. Kitty corner from Taco Time is not a location that I could or would visit due to lack of adequate access.

    Comment by dsa — 10:02 pm October 29, 2013 #

  21. There are more than 2,000 apartments new and planned within a very short walk. There’s other food in the area but none of it sitdown (once The Bridge moves).

    Comment by WSB — 10:12 pm October 29, 2013 #

  22. Will you have Big Ten TV (the network)? I end up missing a lot of Michigan games since I don’t get BTN at home…

    Comment by W Sea Neighbor — 10:20 pm October 29, 2013 #

  23. Taco Time has seating. And when it’s open Jones BBQ (Seattle Hog Heaven) has some limited seating.

    Comment by dsa — 10:44 pm October 29, 2013 #

  24. Nice! there are lots of soccer matches we can’t watch at home (sounders concacaf or usmnt world cup qualifiers) and no place to have a beer where I can take my kids.

    Comment by Coodies — 11:20 pm October 29, 2013 #

  25. with limited parking in the garage and on the street (unless you find something down Avalon), northend residents will be hard pressed to go there, as there is no dedicated bus service from Admiral. You have to go to the Alaska Junction and change busses, if I remember correctly. And home the same way.

    For those who don’t want to go to a place with kids, please remember that usually places don’t allow kids after a certain hour, usually later. Not sure that will be the way it will be there, though. I think they’ll do a booming business for sports…and for morning coffee.

    Comment by JanS — 11:31 pm October 29, 2013 #

  26. It’s in the story. All ages until 10 pm. Re: sitdown – I meant non-fast-food sitdown, as in somebody comes and takes your order…

    Comment by WSB — 12:05 am October 30, 2013 #

  27. Looking forward to burgers, beer and some football!

    Sounds like Rocksport + to me!

    I will either park in the garage or north of fauntleroy/35th and walk the short distance.

    Can’t wait.

    Comment by Smitty — 6:58 am October 30, 2013 #

  28. yes….when is the “New” Bridge opening? The old Chuck & Sal’s looks like alot of work is going on there….open, open, open!!!! Can’t wait!

    Comment by RJB — 7:05 am October 30, 2013 #

  29. We’ll of course be checking in with them too; their website suggests mid-November.

    Comment by WSB — 7:36 am October 30, 2013 #

  30. Great news, Scott! Will stop in for a brew next tine I’m home. Cheers! T

    Comment by Terry — 7:57 am October 30, 2013 #

  31. I can’t wait to visit. We’ve been missing a place to watch games with the kids since Rocksport closed. And Redline is walkable for my family!

    Hope to see a porter or stout on tap.

    Comment by JennyL — 7:57 am October 30, 2013 #

  32. Will you be airing all NFL games?

    Comment by Matt — 8:27 am October 30, 2013 #

  33. Bring back the previous empty lot and great view of Mount Ranier and that would be just fine with me.

    Comment by NW — 8:42 am October 30, 2013 #

  34. can’t have too many sliders and wings…

    Comment by Ugh — 10:18 am October 30, 2013 #

  35. Hey NW – I’ll bet you’re still pining for Gil’s Burgers on the diagonal from this place, too, right?

    Comment by Tony S — 2:29 pm October 30, 2013 #

  36. Feels like Spring 2013 all over again!

    Comment by dawsonct — 4:23 pm October 30, 2013 #

  37. This place and many other types of new retail business in W/S going in our new multi use buildings are in for a rough ride I think. Number one is the parking issues as many of these spots will have very limited parking if at all, limiting their customer base to a very local walk-in crowd. They also have very high rent packages. Most retailers can make it if you have one or the other but two big problems from the start makes it a little tougher and I think there will be a lot of turn-over in these places. Same issues as downtown is seeing with parking, rent, traffic. Just easier to go elsewhere for most if you have a family are meeting people or drive a vehicle. Trying to find a parking spot is very often the first thing I hear from people when I meet for business or just with friends here in junction area and that is getting worse by the day. I wish this new place the best and do look forward to trying them out if I can find a parking.

    Comment by wetone — 4:58 pm October 30, 2013 #

  38. will you be showing UFC ppv?

    Comment by F — 6:31 pm October 30, 2013 #

  39. Need to open a fine dining experience on one of the top floors of these new buildings. Dinner with a view!! Parking will be the poison pill.

    Comment by brandon — 8:48 pm October 30, 2013 #

  40. Mostly OT but someone earlier mentioned Gil’s. I just happened onto a photo of it from the Seattle Municipal Archives via Twitter. Taco Time site?
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seattlemunicipalarchives/9360841676/

    Comment by WSB — 10:56 pm October 30, 2013 #

  41. I cannot WAIT for Redline to open!!! This place is going to be awesome. Their menu looks totally yummy, the layout of the place is open and light, the seating looks comfortable with lots of booths, there are going to be a ton of tvs for watching allll different kinds of sports and games (and with lots of different networks to see games they don’t always show on the west coast), they have some awesome staff working there, and the parking is NOT that big of an issue as people think it is… You can’t walk a block from where you park your car? Come on. I am so excited for them to finally open. It’s going to be a great asset to the west Seattle community and will be welcoming to all. Hurry up and open, guys!!! :)

    Comment by stephanie — 11:25 pm October 30, 2013 #

  42. How exciting!!! I am so tired of searching West Seattle for a Sports Bar and settling on a restaurant that is trying to accommodate those that want a place to watch the big game!!! Now we will have it!

    I live on Alki, and plan on taking the water taxi shuttle… It stops in front of my place and across from Redline! What could be more perfect! No drinking and driving!

    The menu sounds great! I’m hungry! Open now!!!

    These guys have it going in! Have you seen all the apartments being built around there? They will probably have to open another location a couple blocks away just keep the crowds down.

    Good job guys!!!! I know you will succeed!!

    Comment by Paul — 10:59 am October 31, 2013 #

  43. Paul- you have to get your drinking done early…

    in the winter, the water taxi ends around 7pm, and looking at the ‘bus’ schedules in the attached link, it seems like the shuttle also ends around that time.. although I am not completely positive.

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/WaterTaxi/WSeattle.aspx

    somebody asked here too:

    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/reminder-west-seattle-water-taxi-starts-winter-schedule-monday/

    Comment by sam-c — 3:10 pm October 31, 2013 #

  44. Good. No TV’s in the house. Redline WS is close by.
    …Am I the only one who has to walk a mile for TV?

    Comment by No TV — 7:21 pm October 31, 2013 #

  45. WSB-Gil’s, Shakey’s, Boston Market, Taco Time and probably 2 or three other incarnations.

    Comment by Gina — 12:23 pm November 1, 2013 #

  46. Shakey’s! Last one I saw regularly was close to the L.A. apartment where we lived when I was in early grade school. Do remember the Boston Market before Taco Time, though … basic ‘comfort food’ takeout is still not always so easy to come by.

    Comment by WSB — 12:57 pm November 1, 2013 #

  47. I remember Shakey’s and Groucho’s Broiled Burgers (site of old KFC where Starbuck’s is now, if I am remembering correctly… Also, a taco/burrito join (don’t recall name) in the spot Yashuko’s took over in the mid-late 80′s (same owner as Groucho’s i think). What was the old Redline/Bridge, Pizza Haven? Anyone recall what was on the other corner -where the “newer” KFC is currently- back in the day? But most of all I miss the old Mama’s Mexican in the Junction.

    Looking forward to Redline WS as the newest incarnation of places to eat and drink in West Seattle. I’ll prob just walk over after a round a golf! Good luck guys.

    Comment by Scott R — 2:59 pm November 1, 2013 #

  48. Scott R, if I recall correctly, it was a Pizza Pete in the old Redllne/Bridge location. It turned into a Roundtable Pizza sometime after that.

    Comment by WS Lifer — 5:18 pm November 5, 2013 #

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