West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to everyone who has asked about/pointed out the closure of Alki Huddle (formerly Bamboo). We’ve been trying for about a week to find out what’s happening there, and today, we finally succeeded.
It’s been bought by the ownership of the Hawks Nest Bar and Grill in SODO, and they’re remodeling it to become the Hawks Nest West – “a place to watch the game,” and more. It will be all-ages until 9 pm.
Their goal is to get it open in time for at least the “second round” of playoffs for the Seahawks. And you’ll find some new touches, like a fire pit in the outdoor seating area, and a new menu.
The new owners took it over at the start of the month but it took a few weeks before they were ready to temporarily close it for the remodel. The changeover isn’t a complete surprise – The Huddle had been listed for sale for a while, and the former owner had told WSB that when his new restaurant (Sopranos Antico in Admiral) opens, that would be his only restaurant.
The sign says remodeling – but there’s a lot more to what’s going on inside the Tap Station, which opened in the 35th/Kenyon mini-business district three years ago as a beverage store. When it reopens this Friday, it’ll include “a full, all-ages, family-friendly restaurant” – something in short supply south of Morgan Junction.
Tap Station general manager Jeremy Martin tells WSB, “We’ll have a sandwich-based menu with about a dozen selections, a sandwich for every taste, we hope. We’ll have room for 36 with several tables and two standing rails up front and bench seating in the back room.” That’s what you see, work in progress, in the photo above; we also snapped a preview photo of the menu.
They’ll continue with the “same amount of retail,” just adding the food-and-drink service, and weekly events such as “wine night” on Mondays, “member night” for their beer-club members on Tuesdays, movie nights on Wednesdays, and more. (Here’s their December calendar.) Hours will be 3-10 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 3 pm-11 pm Fridays, noon-11 pm Saturdays, noon-8 pm Sundays.
The West Seattle Food Bank planned to distribute at least 300 holiday-meal birds, and here’s where a big helping came from – at right is Dan Austin, proprietor of Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, where 20 percent of the proceeds one week ago resulted in 480 pounds of turkey and chicken for the WSFB (whose Judi Yazzolino is in the photo too). You too can indulge in holiday giving, all season long – we have ongoing donation drives in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
P.S. Dan adds, “P&P will be closed for Thursday and also Friday so my team can all go head home for some family time. We will be back up and running Saturday for brunch!” (A few local restaurants will be open for at least a part-day tomorrow … our list is here.)
Thanks to the texter who alerted us this morning that Little Prague Bakery and Delicatessen has re-opened its storefront at 6045 California in Morgan Junction. It’s a “soft open” for now; they’re offering not only the bakery treats you’ve long seen at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, but also lunch and dinner items. Today, it’s Hungarian goulash and wienerschnitzel for lunch.
Little Prague tells us the regular hours will be 7 am-7 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 7 am-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm Sundays. If you want to check whether they’re open before checking them out sometime soon, the number is 206-734-5976.
We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, Itto’s Tapas, which is celebrating its first anniversary today (November 21, 2016), and loving all the support and kindness radiating from their West Seattle neighbors! Here’s what they want you to know about what they do:
Itto’s set out to combine the heart and soul of Moroccan culture with the vibrant community of West Seattle in an attempt to create a unique, intimate experience. Named after the owner’s mother, with the intention of honoring her spirit, their focus has been on warm sincere service backed by quality food and drink. With a strong belief that cooking and hosting should involve love and generosity, the Itto’s family aims to create authentic connections with their community. Almost all of their staff not only lives in beautiful West Seattle but works to contribute something else to the spirit of its surroundings through music, visual art, culinary madness, videography, healing arts, and youth counseling. What they’ve come to notice is that West Seattle has brought the same warmth in return. Their guests have allowed them to celebrate symphony night, birthdays, new jobs, anniversaries, babies’ first outings, and everyday shenanigans. Itto’s could not be more excited to participate!
Like many new businesses, Itto’s didn’t want to bite off more than they could chew and started with everyday hours of 4-midnight. Recently, however, they began opening for BRUNCH on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Instead of sticking to the Tapas theme, they’ve decided to bring entree-size plates full of the foods they grew up eating. A large portion of their staff was raised all around the world. To honor that, Itto’s focuses on what they like to call Brunch From Around the World. Morocco, Holland, Turkey, England and Mexico are some of the chosen cultures they are currently highlighting as well as a fun-filled Flagon full of Mimosa Sangria to help wash it down.
They are so thrilled to call West Seattle home and are looking forward to many more years with all of their new friends. As they told The Stranger, “We may be small, but we are large with heart.” That’s one of the citywide publications from which Itto’s has had some kind words:
“Few things in life are as pleasurable as walking through a door into a space that takes control of your senses and changes the channel in your head.”- Susan Kelleher, The Seattle Times
“…the convivial atmosphere—particularly in the 21-and-over bar area, which always seems to be filled with neighborhood regulars—makes it clear that, even in their earnestness, Agour and his staff don’t take themselves too seriously…Itto’s is marked most by a generosity of spirit, one that Agour’s mother would surely be proud of.” – Angela Garbes, The Stranger
We thank Itto’s Tapas for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Another new restaurant is on the way to The Admiral District. The space at 2311 California SW where Angelina’s closed in May is going to become Arthur’s. We reached Rebecca Rice, who is opening Arthur’s in partnership with Sara Levin, and here’s what she told us:
We at Arthur’s are really excited to get things underway here in West Seattle — my business partner and I have spent many years as West Seattle residents and we’re looking forward to realizing a dream that serves our beloved neighborhood.
We are currently working with a village of friends and family to bring a comfortable, inviting, and beautiful place to enjoy food, drink, and relaxation from morning until evening. With breakfast served all day seven days a week, a menu that reflects the rise in interest in clean eating alongside early morning, afternoon, and nighttime café staples, and an approachable and beautiful bar (and dining!) space, Arthur’s is looking forward to contributing to an already vibrant and cozy part of West Seattle.
Arthur’s is “aiming for a mid-January open.”
That photo was tweeted by Lauren, one of multiple readers who reported today that the Subway shop at 2758 Alki Avenue SW is closed – “permanently,” according to the note on the door. We first reported in May 2013 that Subway would be the first tenant in a building that until then had been vacant for almost three years since its construction; the sandwich shop opened in August 2013. We weren’t able to reach the company to find out if another franchisee is being sought. One of West Seattle’s four remaining Subways, the one at Jefferson Square, is listed as looking for another operator.
The photo and report were sent by Brenda:
She explains, “We stumbled upon an awesome refuge tonight at Endolyne Joe’s, celebrating their Canada menu. It was nice to get away for a couple hours and enjoy some poutine!” The Toronto menu itself is not an election reaction – it was launched almost a month ago; Endolyne Joe’s (a WSB sponsor) has special regional menus that change every few months.
As reported here earlier this week, the new Italian restaurant on the north edge of The Junction, Raccolto, had a soft-open night last night, and then officially opened tonight. We stopped in for photos. Above is the view from the mezzanine (seating 14 for a private party or 12 at tables), which proprietor Chef Brian Clevenger told us about during our conversation back in September.
Raccolto is open 5-10 pm nightly at 4147 California SW; here’s the menu. This is the third restaurant opening in a year and a half for Clevenger, who lives in West Seattle, after Vendemmia (May 2015) and East Anchor Seafood (March 2016) next door to each other in Madrona.
First, four food/drink biznotes:
RACCOLTO SOFT-OPENS THURSDAY: The new Italian restaurant on the north edge of The Junction (4147 California SW) has announced it will soft-open at 5 pm Thursday. We last spoke with proprietor Chef Brian Clevenger, a West Seattleite, in August – here’s what his restaurant will be all about.
SOPRANOS ANTICO: Thanks to Dave for sending this photo taken through the window of the forthcoming Italian restaurant in Admiral:
WELCOME ROAD WINERY: Thanks to the tipsters who have pointed out that this winery is opening a tasting room at Rally (California/Charlestown). We note they have announced their grand opening, 1-7 pm Saturday, November 19th.
HARRY’S CHICKEN CHANGE: Harry’s Chicken Joint proprietor Bruce Cougan tells WSB they are now closed Tuesdays too, so the hours at Harry’s (6032 California SW) are 4-8 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
And one big achievement for eight “rival” businesses, working together:
EIGHT BUSINESSES, TWO-PLUS TONS OF FOOD: Once again this year, physical-therapy businesses around West Seattle teamed up in October for a friendly food-drive competition. Today, we got the results from Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank:
Drum roll, please!! Again this year, congratulations go out to Louise, Molly, and the entire staff & clients at Life in Balance PT & Pilates for winning the challenge again this year with a total of 1943 lbs. It was neck n’ neck between them and Biojunction Sports Therapy until the last pickup yesterday. You guys played serious! Thank you to all of the offices and their clients who participated this year for a total of approx. 4220 lbs. of food (SW Hand Therapy isn’t in yet) and $150. That is over 3 1/2 times last year! You guys ROCK, and we and our clients are incredibly appreciative. Thank you so much. Here are the individual totals:
Life in Balance – 1943 lbs.
Biojunction – 1366 lbs.
Sound PT – 358 lbs.
Highline PT – 186 lbs. + $100
West Seattle Pediatric Therapy – 159 lbs.
Therapeutic Assoc. WS – 118 lbs.
Kinetics PT – 90 lbs.
SW Hand Therapy – TBA
P.S. If your business has a food drive or other donation drive this holiday season, please let us know!
This fall’s most-awaited West Seattle food/drink opening has arrived: The new New Luck Toy (5905 California SW) is open as of about an hour ago. October was the target for co-proprietor Chef Mark Fuller (also known for Ma’Ono in TheJunction) when we checked in a month and a half ago, and he and NLT partner Patric Gabre-Kidan have made it with a week to spare. As Fuller described it to us in September, it’s not a restaurant with a bar – it’s “a bar that will offer a small menu (16-20 items) of classic Chinese-American dishes. 50 seats, and a private karaoke room that will accommodate up to 8 people, cozily.” 4 pm-2 am nightly. The previous venue in the space, Chopstix, closed back in February; the plan for New Luck Toy (named after a longtime Junction restaurant/bar) emerged in March.
Joining us today as a brand-new WSB sponsor is Peel & Press in Morgan Junction, with an anniversary celebration all week. Here’s what they would like you to know:
Peel & Press is excited to celebrate our two-year anniversary on October 29th. We have had a great first two years, with our pizza, pasta, and cocktails well received, including a great review in the Seattle Times. As a thank you to all our customers who have supported us on this adventure, we would like to extend a free appetizer or dessert for your table when you join us this week (through Sunday, October 30th).
The support of West Seattle residents has allowed us to continue to update and expand the restaurant. We are thrilled to be adding an additional covered outdoor seating area for private parties and overflow seating on our busy nights, and yes, there will be heat lamps. We also have a plan to expand our bar seating (without removing any of our current family dining) that should take place over the next year.
Your patronage at Peel & Press has allowed us to support many local charities, schools, and community groups. We whole-heartedly believe in giving back to the community that has given so much to us. Please stay tuned as we pair with local leaders to restore the mural on the back of our Morgan Junction building. We will be hosting a benefit night in the near future and have been working hard on gathering donations and grants to help restore this 1989 piece from the Murals of West Seattle project.
Thank you again for the last two years. We are proud to call West Seattle home and look forward to many anniversaries to come.
Peel & Press is at 6503 California SW, 206-937-1457, open for lunch and brunch as well as dinner and drinks.
We thank Peel & Press for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Seven quick biznotes from the local food/drink scene:
PEEL & PRESS TURNS 2: Today through Sunday, Peel & Press in Morgan Junction (6503 California SW) is celebrating its second anniversary, offering diners a free appetizer or dessert.
STUFFED CAKES TURNING 6: And at 9003 35th SW, Stuffed Cakes is about to turn 6 – mark your calendar for Saturday, November 5th, 10 am-3 pm, when the party will include free mini-cupcakes, face-painting, and prizes.
PELLEGRINI ITALIAN MARKET: Starting tomorrow, Pellegrini Italian Market in The Junction (4521 California SW) has new hours – 11:30 am-8 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm Sundays, closed Mondays. They’ll also have a Happy Hour – 3-5 pm, including $4 glasses of wine with menu entrées.
OUNCES DELAY: If you checked in over the weekend, you might have seen the update that Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) has delayed its soft open. New date soon.
Two notes from our partner site White Center Now:
COMPANY STORE: 21+ bar/restaurant now open in what was Company (9608 16th SW) – WCN story here.
MOONSHOT COFFEE: Soft-opened last weekend in what was Caffé Delia (9622 16th SW) – WCN story here.
Thanks to Kennedy for the photo sent this weekend. These birds are on the doors of the new New Luck Toy, the “dive bar”/Chinese restaurant expected to open soon at 5905 California SW, previous home to Chopstix, Pan Africa Grill, Ho-Win, and going back even further, other restaurants including Bite of China and China King. We are checking to see if a date is set yet; proprietors including Ma’ono‘s Chef Mark Fuller were hoping to open this month, when we last checked in.
P.S. Along with the birds on the door, there’s a dragon out back.
Sisters Alynn and Kahlena were waiting for A la Mode Pies to open the doors of its West Seattle expansion location first thing this morning. Just one bit of business before the serving could begin – the ceremonial ribbon-cutting!
From left, that’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Dennis, general manager Frank
Krhounek, pastry chef Ashleigh Totin, and ALMP’s “Pie Guy”/founder/etc. Chris Porter. Ribbon cut, it was on to the pie for the aforementioned first customers:
For more about what the new shop’s offering, see our sneak-peek story from last Thursday. It’s been five months since we broke the news that A la Mode Pies would add a West Seattle location (4225 SW Alaska).
New information about the restaurant in the works for the former Zatz Bagels space at 2348 California SW in The Admiral District:
As reported here a month ago, the liquor-license application for the space was in the name Kosara, and included West Seattle restaurateur Plamen Stoyanov as one of the proprietors. When reached by WSB’s Linda Ball, he wasn’t ready to divulge details. She’s continued to check, and then this week, checked back again after a new liquor-license application appeared under the name Soprano Antico. Stoyanov says that’s what the restaurant will be named, and that will be a full-service Italian restaurant, with the menu including – but not limited to – pizza, both classic and Neapolitan. (Currently, nearby Pizzeria 22 is the only certified Neapolitan-pizza maker in West Seattle.) He says they’ll deliver “classic” pizza but the Neapolitan pizza will have to be consumed on-site. They’ll be making their own pasta by hand in-house.
Stoyanov also told WSB that this will be his only restaurant – he is no longer the proprietor of Amante Pizza. He says he’s hoping Soprano Antico, with beer, wine, and seating for about 60, will open by early November. “I want to be open even yesterday,” he said. “But things move slowly.” Stoyanov said he plans to hire 10 to 15 employees for starters.
There it is – the “boozy milkshake” menu for A la Mode Pies‘ West Seattle shop, 4 of 5 named from WSB readers’ suggestions. Five months after we brought you first word that A la Mode was expanding to add a location at Junction 47 (SW Alaska just east of California SW), tonight was friends/family/media open house night, 4 days before the Monday opening.
Pie fries (savory OR sweet), anyone?
As promised, the baking will happen before your eyes while you’re in the shop.
We can’t tell you anything about how it all tastes, because we don’t eat or drink on the job – but it looked pretty luscious, like the peanut-butter mousse pie.
The “pie guy” behind it all is Chris Porter:
His West Seattle shop isn’t just about dessert, it’s offering a “savory menu” too – salads, soup, quiche for brunch, dinner pies including Shepherd’s Pie, and hand pies from barbecue pork to spinach and feta:
As announced in August, next Monday (October 3rd) is the official opening day for A la Mode Pies in West Seattle, at 8 am. Hours will be 8 am-10 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 8 am-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays.
As we continue following up on West Seattle’s next wave of restaurants/bars, we checked in today with Chef Mark Fuller, who you know best from Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky in The Junction. He and Patric Gabre-Kidan are partners in New Luck Toy (5905 California SW), which Fuller says will get its sign this Friday – you might already have noticed the facade’s being painted this week (photo above, taken shortly before publication). They hope to open in the second week of October.
In the meantime, the basics: New Luck Toy is not a restaurant with a bar – Fuller says it “is a bar that will offer a small menu (16-20 items) of classic Chinese-American dishes. 50 seats and a private karaoke room that will accommodate up to 8 people, cozily. Hours will be 4 pm til 2 am.”
About that menu – we asked for a sneak peek and – here it is! (Chef Fuller adds the qualifier that it’s a “sample menu” that “has changed a bit but is mostly the same.”) Beverages? “Frozen drinks and cocktails on draft.”
What’s the biggest reaction they’ve had? “The feedback we have received is that people are excited to have New Luck Toy in West Seattle again.”
If you’re new around here – the New Luck Toy was an old-school Chinese restaurant in the heart of The Junction, where Talarico’s is now (and has been for a decade), about a mile north of the NEW New Luck Toy. Chef Fuller notes that the interior decor will include “a couple original artifacts from the original NLT, thanks to several people in the community who helped unearth these pieces.” (It will have a few pieces of the old Ho-Win, too.)
And if you haven’t already figured it out – New Luck Toy will be 21+.
Looking for our other recent previews/updates? WSB restaurant stories are archived here, newest to oldest.
Two notes from the West Seattle food world:
ENDOLYNE JOE’S, ORIGINAL BAKERY CLOSED ALL WEEK: Thanks to Cindi for the tip. The owner of the Fauntleroy/Endolyne building (45th SW/SW Wildwood) that is home to Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) and The Original Bakery is doing work this week – so both are closed all week. Joe’s even made the cute altered logo at right and has this statement: “Due to landlord-related building improvements for other tenants, Endolyne Joe’s will be closed Monday, September 12th- Monday, September 19th. Regular business will resume September 20th.” The bakery, meantime, is usually closed Mondays anyway, and has posted that it too will reopen September 20th.
A LA MODE PIES FINALIZES WEST SEATTLE OPENING DATE: We’ve been reporting since April that A la Mode Pies is expanding to West Seattle – the official white-neon sign is now up outside its future storefront at 4225 SW Alaska (left photo, courtesy ALMP). Today, A la Mode has finalized the opening date first mentioned here last month: Monday, October 3rd. Hours will be 8 am-10 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 8 am-11 pm Fridays-Saturdays, with a happy-hour-style “pie time” starting at 3:14 pm daily. Savory pies (“with flavors like Slow Braised Beef and Potato, Spinach and Feta, Chicken Pot Pie, BBQ Pulled Pork”) will be offered as well as the “boozy milkshakes” that WSB readers were asked to help name (mentioned in the announcement, Admiral Apple and Genesee Grasshopper), six flavors of ice cream, and “PieFries – shreds of buttery pie dough sprinkled with parmesan and herbs or cinnamon and sugar.” As mentioned in earlier coverage, weekly pie-making classes are planned and regular customers will have “a front-row seat to the pie-making process.”
(Photo courtesy Mission Cantina – from left, Tina Padilla, Shawn Padilla, Peter Morse)
That’s the new ownership team for what was Mission Latin Lounge and is now Mission Cantina (2325 California SW). From the announcement:
Peter Morse, an original owner and manager of the restaurant, has teamed up with new partners, husband and wife Shawn and Tina Padilla. This is the first ownership change for the West Seattle restaurant since it opened in 2005.
Mission Cantina has reason to be enthusiastic about the future, as there are numerous projects in the works, such as expanding the offering of rare and boutique tequila, mezcal, and other agave-based spirits. Peter, Shawn, and Tina will ring the bell when La Escuela Del Misión (The Mission School) is in session in late fall. You’ll never be late for class at this school for tequila, which will provide opportunities to taste the new options. Look for a new sign to reflect the updated name soon and a refreshed interior including new skylights, Mexican tiles, and agave harvesting tools, just to name a few. One much-anticipated change is the launch of a weekend brunch later in the year.
Shawn Padilla tells us there will be some other menu changes – watch for the “big reveal” around Dia de los Muertos, just after Halloween. You’ll likely see the new Mission Cantina signage before then.
Laurel Trujillo‘s dream is coming true. She and husband Andrew Trujillo are converting 3809 Delridge Way SW into a taproom / beer garden space to be called Ounces.
You might remember the successful crowdfunding campaign. Maybe you even participated. Since then, they’ve secured a location and are giving it a complete overhaul, inside and out:
It was previously the medical-marijuana dispensary Safe Access, and before that, a marble-and-tile business, with its history before that even including time as a service station.
The interior space is cozy, with an ordering bar and a seating bar – but the exterior space is sprawling; it includes some parking, and even more room for the actual beer garden, about 3,000 square feet, which will also have room for games such as Cornhole and Jenga.
Which beers will Ounces offer? They’ll be focusing on Washington state beer, wine, and cider, Laurel says, no lineup yet – though they promise 30+ taps – but they’re doing lots of research. Other beverages will include nitro cold-brew coffee and kombucha on tap. Possibly even juice boxes, since this is going to be an all-ages, families-welcome space.
They’ll also be serving some food – deli-type sandwiches, charcuterie plates, snacks. And, she says, they won’t mind if you bring your own, or pick some up at nearby venues like Skylark.
The hours aren’t set yet, but they’re expecting to be open five days a week, with their grand opening likely in the first week of October, as they’re estimating about five more weeks of work.
Pagliacci Pizza sends word that it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary in The Junction tomorrow. And you get the gifts: Free slices (limit two per person) 11 am-4 pm, tomorrow only, at the West Seattle location (4449 California SW) only. If you’ll be off-peninsula during those hours, take note that Pagliacci says its other locations (except for the UW campus) will have a deal in honor of the WS milestone – buy one slice, get one free. Again, all this is tomorrow (Wednesday, August 24th) only.