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WEST SEATTLE FOOD & DRINK: Ex-Alki Huddle to become Hawks Nest West

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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.

WEST SEATTLE FOOD & DRINK: Tap Station remodeling to reopen as restaurant

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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.

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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.

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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.

BOWLING BENEFIT SUCCESS: 18th annual Beer Church Turkey Bowl

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Congratulations to Kim Sharpe Jones and Kendall Jones of the Beer Church for rolling up another big score at one of the holiday season’s first big fun(draisers), last Saturday night’s Turkey Bowl. Their 18th annual sold-out bowling benefit at West Seattle Bowl brought in 1,600 pounds of food and $5,000 for the West Seattle Food Bank, which had a team there too:

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Other teams included Furry Faces Foundation:

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More than half the participating groups were from breweries or pubs – and many donated fundraising items too:

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As mentioned here last week, the event also was the launch party for the Beer Church IPA, raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America‘s Northwest Chapter. Here’s where to look for it in the days/weeks ahead!

WEST SEATTLE COFFEE: QED moving in with Harry’s

A new coffee option is about to open north of Morgan Junction, sharing space with Harry’s Chicken Joint.

What had been Harry’s Coffee Joint (until last May) on the south side of the space at 6032 California SW will become a new location of QED Coffee.

QED’s Matt Greenfield tells WSB, “I was a barista at Caffe Fiore in the Admiral District from 2011-2014, and absolutely love serving the folks of West Seattle. I had started QED in my friend’s garage as a wholesale roaster, and we were able to open our first cafe in the Mt. Baker neighborhood in 2015. Having a place in WS to share our coffees has been a long-term goal, and we are so happy to have an opportunity to share the space with Bruce. We now roast in SoDo.”

Opening day is next Wednesday (November 16th). Hours will be 6 am-2 pm Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-3 pm Saturdays-Sundays. Along with the coffee, you’ll find Macrina Bakery pastries, Bread & Bone breakfast sandwiches, Nuflours‘ gluten-free items, organic juices from Columbia Gorge, and, on the weekends, Mighty-O Donuts.

BENEFIT BEER: Beer Church IPA debuts at Turkey Bowl in West Seattle on Saturday

This Saturday, you can be among the first to drink limited-release, philanthropic Beer Church IPA, according to the announcement of its release party during the 18th annual Beer Church Turkey Bowl in West Seattle:

On Saturday, November 12th, Georgetown Brewing releases Beer Church India Pale Ale, a beer brewed in collaboration with three other Seattle-area breweries. Proceeds from the sale of the beer benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Northwest Chapter.

Beer Church IPA was brewed by Georgetown Brewing Company in collaboration with Airways Brewing, Big Al Brewing, Two Beers Brewing, and Beer Church, a Seattle-based organization that finds easy ways for beer drinkers to contribute to worthwhile causes. This is the sixth year that Beer Church has organized and promoted this annual project.

The beer will be released at Beer Church Turkey Bowl, an annual fundraiser now celebrating its 18th anniversary. The sold out bowling party takes place at West Seattle Bowl on Saturday, November 12 at 6:00 P.M. The public is welcome to attend the event, participate in the silent auction and raffle, and enjoy the beer.

Following the official release, Beer Church India Pale Ale will be available at each of the participating breweries’ taprooms, as well as select local restaurants and pubs. Keep an eye on beerchurch.com for a list of locations that will tap this draft-only beer. … Ingredients for Beer Church India Pale Ale were donated by Great Western Malting Company of Vancouver, Washington and YCH Hops of Yakima, Washington. Georgetown Brewing donated its facilities and other resources, while the collaborating breweries helped develop the recipe and contributed to the brewing of the beer.

“This is just another example of the generosity of the local beer and brewing industry,” said Kendall Jones, the President and Founder of Beer Church. “The breweries were happy and excited to support the effort, but beyond that, without the support of YCH Hops and Great Western Malting, none of this would be possible. Their contributions are, literally, the backbone of the beer. Their involvement plays a key role in the fundraising component of the project.”

Beer Church India Pale Ale uses three different hop varieties to create its unabashedly hop-forward character. Along with Ekuanot™ hops, the recipe includes two newly developed, experimental hop varieties that have yet to be named (currently designated as HBC 344 and HBC 522). All of the beer’s hop flavors are supported and balanced by the use of 2-Row Malted Barley and White Wheat Malt. Beer Church IPA clocks in at 6.3 percent Alcohol by Volume (ABV) with the hops providing pine-citrus, tropical, and herbal flavors. It is a bright golden beer with a dry body and light mouthfeel.

West Seattle Bowl is at 39th SW and SW Oregon on the east edge of The Junction.

West Seattle beverages: Opening weekend for Ounces

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It’s opening weekend for Ounces, the tap room and beer garden at 3809 Delridge Way SW. We stopped by on Friday night for photos to see how it all turned out, after our in-progress reports back in August and October. What you see above is the covered outdoor area; below, the cozy indoor space:

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That’s where you’ll find the 30 taps. And where we found co-proprietors Laurel Trujillo and Andrew Trujillo:

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Opening weekend continues noon-10 pm today (Saturday) and noon-8 pm Sunday. All ages; dogs welcome.

WEST SEATTLE FOOD/DRINK: New Luck Toy is open

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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.

P.S. New Luck Toy’s menu isn’t online yet but we got a sneak peek at a test version last month, if you just have to look before you go. And the NLT Instagram page has previewed some slushy cocktails.

FOOD & DRINK BIZNOTES: 7 quick updates

Seven quick biznotes from the local food/drink scene:

FIT BAR TURNS 1: Announced via Instagram, today is the one-year anniversary of the Fit Bar Café in The Admiral District (2222 California SW), with celebratory discounts tomorrow.

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.

West Seattle food and drink: The Nook to open in Admiral

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(WSB photo – Jimmy and Johnny Rolfe with Java)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Nook is taking over what was the Mind Unwind/Treehouse Lounge space in the north end of The Admiral District.

It’ll be a “cozy, quaint” neighborhood bar/lounge/small-plates space run by brothers Jimmy and Johnny Rolfe, with whom we talked this weekend as they worked on the space, which they just bought on Friday from Krystal Kelley, Jason Nivens, and Zac Hutchins. (Kelley’s art collaboration with students will continue – more on that below.)

Many West Seattleites will know Jimmy from his roles at Matador, from West Seattle bartending to his current corporate beverage/bar-operation responsibilities. Johnny has a culinary background. Since the space at 2206 California SW [map] is limited – “not much of a kitchen” – their food offerings will be small plates.

But The Nook will have a full bar, along with beer and wine – with a “local focus,” the brothers say, in an “eclectic array” of offerings. When you add in the second-floor loft space, there’s seating capacity for about 70 people. It will be open to all ages, with a couple of screens that also will likely display an “eclectic” mix – “might be golf one day, snowboarding another,” say the Rolfes. And there’s some outdoor seating, too.

Hours? They’re still deciding, but ultimately they plan to “let the neighborhood tell us” what hours make sense. And they hope to be open within a few weeks.

Now, the future of Mind Unwind, which opened in the then-newly built space almost five years ago as an art/events space, with the addition of Treehouse Lounge less than a year later: Kelley says it will continue as a nonprofit foundation working with students on art and other creative projects – she’s been primarily working at elementary-school campuses anyway.

Meantime, The Nook is working on its online presence (remember, the deal just closed!) and we’ll add a link when they’re up.

West Seattle beverages: Ounces plans to open in 2 weeks

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Ounces has set the date. We checked back today with co-proprietor Laurel Trujillo at the new taproom/beer garden’s location at 3809 Delridge Way SW, and as she showed us, they’re almost ready to go. With some unique touches, too, like the fence made from palettes obtained from Alki Lumber. And spools that will be turned into tables for standing and sitting outside.

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They’ll have a tent area too, and heating; Laurel promises it’ll be “toasty.” They’ll be working on a “tailgate” type of atmosphere – with a big-screen TV under the tent on game days. They’ve made lots of progress since we last checked in with Ounces a month and a half ago, Inside, the bar and 30 taps are installed.

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The space over the taps will hold the menu board; the starting tap list will be finalized soon. The plan remains Washington beer, wine, cider, and kombucha – some food too.

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Here’s the opening plan for Ounces: First day will be Saturday, October 22nd. A two-week soft-open/shakedown period will follow, and the grand-opening festivities are set for Friday, November 4th, through Sunday, November 6th. Probably some live music – the plan’s still evolving. Hours will be 3-10 pm weekdays, noon-10 pm Saturdays, noon-8 pm Sundays. There’s a spacious on-site parking zone on the north side of the property; on the south end, Ounces plans games, like Cornhole and Giant Jenga.

West Seattle food and drink: Ounces readying taproom/beer garden in North Delridge

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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:

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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.

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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.

BIZNOTE: New bar at the beach

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The photo is courtesy of Pegasus Pizza (2770 Alki SW), which just added another component to its recent remodel – a bar. Last night was opening night, says Pegasus spokesperson Sean McVeigh, who adds that Pegasus’s owners “had a designer from California come up to design and build the bar and it turned out great!” Previous remodeling work included moving the restaurant entrance to its east end; what was its west end is now a property-management office.

West Seattle food and drink: A la Mode Pies sets tentative date. And about those milkshakes…

Continuing our followups on new eating/drinking places in progress, we checked in with Chris Porter, proprietor of A la Mode Pies, which – as first reported here in April – is coming to Junction 47, between The Lodge and Starbucks.

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Porter tells WSB he’s tentatively planning on an opening date of October 3rd, adding, “Neighbors will be smelling apple pie for about a week before, as we’ll be moving over our wholesale and cooking inside in late September.” The original Phinney location will remain open, since this is an expansion, NOT a replacement. Meantime, what he describes as a white-neon sign is set to go up before the end of this month. And we asked about the “boozy milkshake” names that WSB readers suggested in response to a call for suggestions in May – so far, he’s settled on two (both of which were among the suggestions), Admiral Apple and Drunk Monkey, with more to come.

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.

West Seattle beverages: Opening day for Sound & Fog

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“A four-month labor of love” – after 2 years of planning – has finally brought Justin Krebs to opening day for Sound & Fog in The Junction, on the ground floor of Broadstone Sky (4745 40th SW). The coffee/wine bar with beer and “small bites” opened its doors for the first time around noon and will be open until 9 tonight (official hours below).

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We first told you about Sound & Fog back in March; he’s the first-ever tenant in the commercial space on the north side of the building, next to the future city park that’s currently temporary home to Fire Station 32 while its reconstruction is under way in The Triangle. (As we type, some of the firefighters from FS 32 are here trying out what Justin has to offer; they were heard to promise him, “We’ll keep you in business!”)

Available for starters at Sound & Fog – 12 different wines, $6-$12/glass; rotating selection of beer (today, it’s Wander Shoetoss Rye IPA and Holy Mountain Wit); coffee (rotating roasters – Olympia and Broadcast are available today) and tea; espresso soda; Cascara soda. The food selection includes pastries from Standard Bakery, sandwiches and salads from Molly’s, and “small bites” including olives, almonds, and cheese.

Hours for starters, Justin says, will be 6:30 am-7 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 am-9 pm Fridays, 7 am-9 pm Saturdays, 7 am-7 pm Sundays. More photos when we’re back at HQ.

Whisky West now open in Morgan Junction

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It’s (soft) opening night for Whisky West in Morgan Junction! Thanks to Samuel for the tip; we went over to confirm and to get a few photos.

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It’s been two months since we reported that Colin and Donna Pickering, the West Seattleites who run The Whisky Bar downtown, were taking over and renovating the 6451 California SW space that had been Feedback Lounge. Just the other day, they told us they hoped to be open in time for this Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival – and indeed, they are.

HAPPENING NOW: Sips and sights during ‘Spring at South’

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Once the rain moved in at mid-afternoon, the Northwest Wine Academy on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus was definitely the place to be.

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Its spring-release celebration is part of today’s multi-venue “Spring at South” event on campus, inviting you to explore semi-hidden treasures including not only the NWWA but also the Seattle Chinese Garden, and nearby, the SSC Garden Center, where you’ll find frequent sales of student-grown and -propagated plants:

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While the plant sale’s over for today (watch our calendar for the next one!), the SCG is having an open house until 5 pm, and the spring release/wine tasting event at NWWA continues until 7 pm, with tastings, appetizers, prepared by SSC’s much-lauded culinary program:

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There’s also a food truck – Seattle Mamak, Malaysian street food – on the patio. And you can view art in the NW Wine Academy building and the Chan Education Center by the entrance to the Chinese Garden. SSC is at 6000 16th SW – use the northernmost entrance, which leads to a large parking lot, with NWWA toward its east side, the Chinese Garden on its north side.

West Seattle beverages: Sound & Fog set for Broadstone Sky

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(WSB photos. Above, Sound & Fog proprietor Justin Krebs)

Back when what’s now Broadstone Sky (4745 40th SW) went through Design Review in 2013, board members pushed for the project to include a commercial café-type space on its north side, adjacent to what will eventually be a city park.

The space became part of the plan, and now it has a tenant, just signed: A coffee-and-more café to be called Sound & Fog.

Morgan Junction resident Justin Krebs tells WSB that he’s worked in the coffee business for 13 years, for companies big and not-so-big, and now “it’s time to make money for myself.”

“Sound & Fog is going to be a coffee bar that will feature Olympia Coffee Roasters with rotating roasters monthly from the Seattle area and Internationally,” he explains. In addition to espresso, pour-overs and drip coffee, he expects to “feature a seasonal array of rotating coffee and tea-based beverages. I will also be serving a rotating line of local breweries (3-4) on tap and in bottles as well. In addition to beer, I’ll have a significant offering of seasonal wines to choose from for in-house consumption or bottle takeaway.” Some “small” food offerings, too.

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Right now, the space is a big, bright shell, with windows on three sides. Some of the windows open, so it’ll be airy as well as bright. Some seating is planned along the windows, but the centerpiece of the space will be the bar, right in the middle. One wall will be “retail” for that “takeaway wine.” You might also find a small mural in the space; Krebs is talking with artist friends about that.

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We had to ask about the name. Krebs said coming up with one was “stressful” – until one day, his husband suggested Sound & Fog, and that was it. “It’s what I like about living in West Seattle” – including the occasional foghorns heard from the neighborhood where he lives; he considers the foghorns “romantic” (though he acknowledges with laughter that not everyone might agree).

At Sound & Fog, in the early months you’ll be more likely to hear sirens than foghorns, since temporary Fire Station 32 is on the Parks-owned land to the north, and some construction sound from The Whittaker to the east. But that will all eventually be done and Sound & Fog will be, as Krebs says, “situated well. … My goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere where you can grab a coffee and meet with friends for a beer or glass of wine.”

Krebs expects buildout to start in mid-April, and he hopes to be open by the start of summer about two months later. He’ll be open seven days a week, probably until about 8 Sundays-Thursdays, 10-ish Fridays-Saturdays, for starters.

FOLLOWUP: The Whisky West coming to Morgan Junction

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When the owners of 6451 California SW, most recently the Feedback Lounge, tore away its facade for remodeling, they told us they didn’t have a confirmed tenant yet.

Now, two weeks later, they do.

The prospective tenants we met while checking out the renovations earlier this month were a West Seattle couple, Colin and Donna Pickering, well-known for The Whisky Bar downtown (2122 2nd Avenue).

And our check of the online liquor-license application files today revealed they’ve leased the space, to become their second location.

We just talked with Donna Pickering, who confirms the name will be The Whisky West, and that the space will be as similar to their downtown space as possible.

They’ve operated the downtown bar – on its second location – for 15 years, and owned a home in Gatewood for more than a decade. So for everyone who wanted to see a local operation take over this space, this is it.

She tells us they’re still working out a lot of details – “We’ve just had (the space) for a week!” – even the decision about whether to be 21 and over or to allow under-21s in for part of the day, perhaps just in the afternoon. Whatever the age limits turn out to be, she says they expect to be open from lunch until 2 am, at least for starters.

Their specialties will remain whisky and craft cocktails – and “good bar food,” probably with a menu somewhat expanded beyond what they offer in their first location; she mentioned sliders and fish and chips, among other things. They’re likely to have at least 20 beers on tap; their current location also offers 60 bottled beers.

While they won’t have regular music, they do plan to have some local bands.

But there’s still a lot of work to do – “it’s going to be beautiful,” Donna promises – so they’re not expecting to be open before June, she says; if you want a taste of what it’ll be like, visit The Whisky Bar downtown, until The Whisky West opens its doors.

Viscon Cellars: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming West Seattle winery Viscon Cellars as a new WSB sponsor. Our new local sponsors get the chance to tell you about themselves:

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We are West Seattle’s winery. All of our wine is made here in West Seattle; it has been our home for over 20 years.

Our vision and mission is to make premium wine, sourcing grapes from some of Washington’s best vineyards and share with our West Seattle neighbors and friends. When presented with the opportunity to open our tasting room in Woodinville or West Seattle, hands down we chose our own neighborhood and do not regret it for one second.

Our wines are easily approachable and not intimidating. They are great simply by the glass and compliment foods nicely.

There are a lot of wine lovers in West Seattle. Our central location for our neighbors has created a great opportunity for them to try new wines they cannot get elsewhere also while supporting their neighborhood small business. Our customers love that when they come in they get to speak directly with the winemaker and hear about the personal stories of each wine. We even have customers who volunteer their time to help with crush and bottling.

We are fortunate to have a very loyal customer and fan base. So much so that we sold out of our inaugural release of wines before our second planned release of wines was ready to debut. This resulted in us closing temporarily until the new wines were released. They have supported us and introduced their friends to our winery, and their friends have introduced their friends …. so we are truly fortunate to expand our circle of customers through the mutual love of Washington Wine and West Seattle loyalties. It’s fun to hear their reaction when they discover us! Our winery tasting room (at 5910 California Ave SW) has quickly become a neighborhood gathering place. The vibe is friendly and welcoming. We have seen longtime neighbors finally meeting each other face-to-face at our tasting room and discovering their common connections over our wines.

Many folks bring in food from local restaurants or from home and enjoy dinner, conversations and a bottle of our wine on Friday evenings and Saturday late afternoons. We even have an example of a young couple who had just moved to Seattle; we introduced them to another couple having a glass of wine at the tasting room. They became fast friends and even spent Thanksgiving together. We love the sense of community that happens at our shop.

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ABOUT VISCON CELLARS: Ben Viscon is the Winemaker and Owner for Viscon Cellars. He has been making wine for over 12 years in Washington State. He first explored the art of winemaking as a curious hobbyist, then honed his knowledge and education of winemaking by attending University of California, Davis, College of Viticulture and Enology. We are part of Seattle Urban Wineries, a group of 25 wine producers that make and sell wine in their respective neighborhoods throughout the City of Seattle. Our Winery Tasting Room is located at 5910 California Ave. SW, Suite B, in the heart of West Seattle and is open on Fridays from 5-9 pm and Saturdays from 2-7 pm, or by appointment outside of those hours. Our space is also available for private events.

We thank Viscon Cellars 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.

West Seattle food and drink notes: Marée almost ready; Gifts From The Earth preview with a side of ice cream; Pecos Pit progress; more

Four West Seattle food-and-drink notes tonight:

MAREE BISTRO AND BAR UPDATE: The successor to Cassis at 2820 Alki is getting closer to opening, reports a spokesperson. Signage is up:
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The new restaurant is just awaiting its liquor license, and hoping that will come as soon as this week. As we reported last month, the husband-and-wife team of Chef Andy Dekle and Megan Hartz, both of whom were with Cassis throughout its two-year run, are opening the new restaurant with “seasonal, market inspired French cuisine with a Northwest flavor.” Hours will be 5-10 pm Wednesdays through Mondays, happy hour 5-6 pm, plus weekend brunch 10 am-3 pm.

CHICKEN AND ICE CREAM CHEF TEAM: Harry’s Chicken Joint proprietor Bruce Cougan tells WSB his restaurant will close for one night this Saturday (January 23rd) to be part of the annual Gifts From The Earth benefit at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). He adds:

It’s an honor to be included as a guest chef and a privilege to give back to the school where I received such excellent training and support. This year I will be joined by local (West Seattle) chef, friend, and collaborator, Matt Bumpas of Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream. Matt spent time at Poppy working as a chef, and it’s primarily his menu, inspired by some of the dishes at Poppy, that will be served for this event:

*Fennel salad with blood orange, hazelnut, Moroccan olive & Ibores
*Fried mussels with preserved lemon aioli & pickled shallot
*Cauliflower almond soup w/ harissa yogurt
*Beef short rib tagine w/ celery root puree & apple slaw 
*Thyme labneh panna cotta w/ urfa biber toffee & satsuma

Matt is a graduate of Seattle Central’s culinary program. He is currently looking for a brick and mortar location here in West Seattle for his legendary ice cream. He has been very successful at local events and farmer’s markets and now it’s time for him to secure a storefront. His ice cream stand was a big hit last summer at the Morgan Junction Festival.

P.S. Tickets are still available for Gifts From The Earth, which usually sells out. Each table is assigned a chef from the all-star list of participants, and is served a custom five-course menu.

PECOS PIT PROGRESS: Banner signage now covers the old signs at what was Beni Hoshi Teriyaki and is being transformed into Pecos Pit BBQ, at 35th/Fauntleroy:
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The restaurant is advertising in the WSB West Seattle Jobs Offered forum for a general manager. Last projection of an opening date was “spring.” Meantime, community members concerned about traffic into and out of the restaurant location, especially the drive-thru that will exit onto narrow SW Genesee, got a reply from the city, saying this is too small a project to trigger a full review, and that the curb cut for that exit, on the north side of the property, has been there a long time.

WESTWOOD’S 4TH STARBUCKS: Last May, we reported that a Starbucks stand was in the works for Target at Westwood Village – where it follows a standalone Starbucks store, a stand inside QFC, and a café inside Barnes and Noble. Longtime WSB’er MIWS reports that construction is now under way in the snack-bar corner by the store’s entrance.

West Seattle scene: Northwest Wine Academy goes blue and green (along with red and white)

January 14, 2016 5:59 pm
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(Photo courtesy Kevin Maloney, South Seattle College)
5:59 PM THURSDAY: You know Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) for its reds, its whites … and today, its blues and greens. The photo was taken while reps of Mayor Ed Murray‘s office were visiting NWWA this afternoon – there to pick up some choice NWWA wine for the mayor’s impending coast-to-coast bet with his counterpart in Charlotte, NC, over Sunday’s Seahawks-Panthers game.

ADDED 9:55 AM FRIDAY: We asked the mayor’s office which wines – here’s the photo:

Their announcement this morning:

Mayor Ed Murray has entered into a friendly wager with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts ahead of Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. Sunday’s game marks the second consecutive year the two teams have met in the Divisional round, with the Seahawks winning last year 31-17.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating another Seahawk playoff win with another package of prizes from yet another Mayor of Charlotte,” said Mayor Murray. “We have never lost to the Panthers in the playoffs and I know Coach Carroll has the team ready for this road playoff game. Last week’s game is proof that the Seahawks can beat any opponent, in any weather, in any stadium.”

“As much as I’d love to share our fine southern cuisine with our cross-country colleagues, they will have to settle for eating crow after we beat the ‘Hawks’,” said Mayor Roberts. “Coach Rivera has the team prepared to defeat anyone standing in their path to the Super Bowl. Pete Carroll will be sleepless in Charlotte trying to develop a game plan to stop Cam Newton.”

If the Seahawks beat the Panthers, Mayor Roberts will send Mayor Murray barbeque from Mac’s Speed Shop, beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, and salted caramel brownies from Amelie’s French Bakery.

If the Panthers defeat the Seahawks, Mayor Murray will send Mayor Roberts beer from Pike Brewing, wine from the South Seattle College’s Northwest Wine Academy, and Chinese barbeque from Kau Kau in the Chinatown-International District.

Sunday’s game kicks off at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at 10:05 a.m. Pacific time.

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