West Seattle restaurants and bars: Vine & Spoon, Alchemy coming to Junction 47

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Thanks for the tips! Signage has just gone up for two more food-and-beverage establishments on the way to Junction 47 – a restaurant called Vine & Spoon on the southwest side of the complex, in the 4700 block of California, and a bar called Alchemy on the southeast side of the complex, in the 4700 block of 42nd SW.

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As mentioned here a while back, we’d been told the spaces were all leased, but that the proprietors of these spaces weren’t ready to uncloak yet. We’ve reached the spokesperson for both, Lesa Linster, who shared this information with WSB:

Vine & Spoon will be a full-service restaurant and bar serving upscale American cuisine in the heart of West Seattle.

(updated) Led by Executive Chef Christopher Jensen along with celebrated chefs Larkin Young and Bryan Ogden, Vine and Spoon is anchored by a belief in real food grown and harvested by the community. All dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients that are organic and non GMO. In addition, all meat is grass fed and wild caught by farmers and local suppliers. The restaurant boasts a private dining area, an open kitchen, an 18-seat bar, and a large garden patio area for outdoor dining. The menu includes a full variety of small bites, large sharable plates, and a dessert menu to satisfy every sweet tooth. The bar offers craft cocktails and an extensive selection of local wine and craft beer. Open daily from 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. with brunch service on weekends. Happy hour will be daily from 4-7 p.m.

Alchemy will be a chemistry-themed cocktail bar featuring molecular mixology techniques and a unique science and potions design aesthetic. Our bartenders will be mixing up colorful craft cocktail reactions in test tubes and flasks using beakers, cylinders, and other scientific devices. The theme will carry over into our drink presentations which will be interactive and fun. The menu will be created by our executive chefs and award-winning master mixologists with a great happy hour featuring delicious small bites. The cocktail bar will be open Sunday – Thursday from 3 pm – 11 pm, and Friday – Saturday from 3 pm – 12 am.

Both are under the same ownership, Linster confirms, as well as a third establishment mentioned on the same website, “The Sweetest Sin” (no details on that yet). She adds that Alchemy’s menu will also be developed by Chef Jensen. Full announcements on all this are due soon – but this is what we have for starters.

31 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants and bars: Vine & Spoon, Alchemy coming to Junction 47"

  • Jon July 26, 2016 (9:00 pm)

    The amount of people who don’t understand GMOs but are so excited to market their GMO food as “non-GMO” is staggering. :|

    • AT July 26, 2016 (10:31 pm)

      Ha!  The description of the bar makes me wonder whether their market research suggested West Seattle would actually want this or just something they feel really clever about.  Seems so out of place – unless of course they allow kids ;)

      And can we stop the dessert = sin thing?  It’s just food, enjoy it in moderation.

    • cj July 28, 2016 (5:51 am)

      I agree

  • M July 26, 2016 (9:11 pm)

    Both sound AWESOME. Can’t wait. 

  • Cashmere July 26, 2016 (10:19 pm)

    Did they indicate “when” they’d open? Because if it’s anything like the lodge, getting excited right now is much, much too early. Although I am somewhat excited 😊

    • WSB July 26, 2016 (10:32 pm)

      That’s one of the followup questions I have out. Probably will get some info tomorrow. And yes, buildout time can vary widely. (Added) Just got back to HQ and do have an answer on that – “shooting for fall.”

  • quinkygirl July 26, 2016 (10:59 pm)

    There seems to be a dearth of great bartenders willing to work in West Seattle bars. At the Whiskey West, there is a guy who put amaretto into a whiskey sour. And his service sucked. WTF? So, I’ll try Alchemy, but it sounds awfully gimmicky. We need a solid craft cocktail bar here. Feedback wasn’t it. Whiskey West isn’t it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Alchemy, but I’m skeptical.

    Always happy to be proven wrong, though.

  • JanS July 26, 2016 (11:05 pm)

    the description of the bar, dear AT, sounds intriguing. Yes, maybe new for West Seattle…but..WTF? Why should we just want the same ol same ol…West Seattle is changing, and maybe we need to change a little along with it. Also…there are plenty of places that allow children, some even serving alcohol. Some of us adults like not having the kids around at times. And this grandma  absolutely loves her grandson. A place for everything and everyone :) These new places sound fascinating…

    • AT July 27, 2016 (10:04 am)

      Oh change is good and it will be great to have more variety on the peninsula and good luck to them.  But from my years of working in Seattle restaurants and watching all the openings and closings around town it doesn’t seem like spherification, liquid nitrogen, sous vide, or any other so-called molecular techniques are a very big draw for very much of the population.  Maybe why the other restaurant touts their simplicity …  time will tell!

  • Mel July 26, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Just what I wanted: more hipster hangouts.

    • Roger July 27, 2016 (8:48 am)

      ^has no idea what is a hipster

  • Jeanie July 26, 2016 (11:23 pm)

    Upscale = expensive. But if it’s good, I’ll give it a try. 

    I like this: “ In addition, all meat is grass fed and wild caught by farmers and local suppliers. “ I am picturing farmers chasing and catching wild cows and wild chickens.


  • Meade Thayer July 27, 2016 (12:27 am)

    Always interesting to see new places…but the cost of specialty cocktails is getting crazy and in some places they don’t even fill up the glass!

  • Stephen Sakuda July 27, 2016 (5:28 am)

    We need new restaurants and bars in west seattle! Excited to try these places out! Especially the vine and spoon concept! 

  • newnative July 27, 2016 (5:48 am)

    Thanks, Jeanie for seeing it too.  Back where I come from, the farmers also hunt but usually for game and not their own livestock.  West Seattle chickens can get wiley, though.  

  • Bahaha! July 27, 2016 (7:38 am)

    That cocktail bar will last six months. Please just make me a bourbon with BAR ginger (aka: Sprite, splash of coke and bitters). NOT ginger beer. 

  • WSGirl July 27, 2016 (9:30 am)

    There are a number of bars in West Seattle that make really, really good cocktails, if you know what you’re ordering and what to look for. Don’t fill up the glass? You want more mixer? You want a smaller glass? Alcohol can’t legally be short-poured. 

  • Josh B. July 27, 2016 (10:17 am)

    I’m always excited to get anew place in the neighborhood, hipster or not, but I’m a little weary of another BLANK & BLANK named restaurant (that feels like a few years too late) and a gimmicky-sounding bar.  The thing that gives me hope is Bryan Ogden has worked in a Michelin starred, James Beard winning restaurant and his father is arguably a celebrity chef, so he is far from an amateur.  However, none of his experience is in the local area, so hopefully the other partners have a solid grasp of the restaurant scene here.

    Interesting article about the father and son:
    https://www.zagat.com/b/the-next-generation-bradley-and-bryan-ogden

  • Mr. Baumer July 27, 2016 (10:56 am)

    Welcome to West Ballard. 

  • sw July 27, 2016 (12:12 pm)

    Love the negativity on here (and other related threads).  People want new and different places to eat/drink then when they come it’s met with “But that’s not what I wanted.”  The diversity of what’s opening is fantastic – dumplings, noodles, pie, cocktails, bistro/ice cream shoppe…  this is indicative of a thriving neighborhood.  Will they all survive?  Time will tell, your patronage will decide.  

    20 years ago fine dining in West Seattle was The Keg.  Let’s be happy, folks.

    • JVP July 27, 2016 (5:55 pm)

      Totally agree.  Bring on the new restaurants! Our little neighborhoods is getting a lot better.

  • Peter July 27, 2016 (4:50 pm)

    I’m a little shocked at the number of commenters preemptively trashing these local businesses before the even open. Seriously, what’s your problem people?

  • Meyer July 27, 2016 (4:54 pm)

    Very excited – can’t wait to try these places. They sound like they will be great additions to The Junction.

  • JayDee July 27, 2016 (5:12 pm)

    What about the duonymed Press & Peel? They were supposed to be a cocktail bar in addition to a pizza joint. Do they make good cocktails? I saw West 5 knows what they are doing with a shaker.

    • Ducky July 27, 2016 (5:28 pm)

      Peel & Press has an outstanding lemon drop, just sayin’.

    • JVP July 27, 2016 (5:59 pm)

      Ma Ono also knows their way around a beverage.  I’ve had a few of the classic whisky drinks done just right there.

  • Chad Jackson July 28, 2016 (10:24 am)

    I personally am really excited for the new additions to the area. I think both of these concepts sound amazing and can’t wait to try them!!!

  • Bruce July 28, 2016 (12:27 pm)

    I’m with JANS, why not hopefully  get two new, great spots to eat/drink? I’m anxious to see what these celebrated chefs bring to the table. I’m familiar with the Ogden’s work and he and his father have done some cool things… cheers!

  • Elton August 8, 2016 (5:28 pm)

    *shrugs* Haters gonna hate.

    I, too, am looking forward to have more places to go out in the Junction area with the Mrs. The fact that new businesses want to invest in the neighborhood is a great sign, in my opinion.

  • Adam August 10, 2016 (2:03 pm)

    Can’t wait to try this spot!  Sounds amazing!  Really sad how unwelcoming our community has become with the negative response.  We should welcome these businesses to our community and support them.  This is progress people!                        

  • Barry August 11, 2016 (3:11 pm)

    I am excited for the new restaurants and cocktail lounge.  Great new places, great for the job market, great for small business overall.  It’s no wonder though that Seattle gets the label “The Seattle Freeze”.  All this negativity spewed all over the blog.  Is this really what the West Seattle populace is about…?  #NOTWelcoming

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