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WEST SEATTLE BEER: The Best of Hands Barrelhouse’s plan for ex-Corner Deli space


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One month after John’s Corner Deli closed in Sunrise Heights, we know more about The Best of Hands Barrelhouse, which is taking over the space at 7500 35th Avenue SW. When we first contacted co-proprietor
Nicholas Marianetti last month, after we found an early-stage site plan in city permit files, he said he’d be happy to comment once they finished negotiating a lease. Now, he tells WSB that’s happened, and they’re signing this week, so here’s what’s planned:

The Best of Hands Barrelhouse is a startup specialty brewery with a target launch date of late fall/early winter 2017.

The Barrelhouse will specialize in barrel-aged and barrel-fermented beers as well as wild ales that utilize different souring methods and multiple strains of Brettanomyces. While these sour and/or funky beers will be the brewery’s main focus, we will also produce “clean beers” fermented exclusively by Saccharomyces (brewer’s yeast) that have a proven following here in the Pacific Northwest. We aim to yield styles such as IPAs, barrel-aged stouts, farmhouse ales (such as saisons), and beers crafted in various traditional brewing methods from around the world.

The brewery and taproom will be managed and directed by co-owners Nicholas Marianetti, Gregory Marlor, and Chris Richardson. All three are longtime West Seattleites and veterans of the food and beverage industry. Nicholas and Gregory are Certified Cicerones®, and award winning homebrewers. Chris is a small business owner with 20 years experience in small business operations.

The team is excited to bring their brews and vision to the West Seattle community later this year!

As part of the permit process, the city has to grant a permit for changing the building’s use from retail to “drinking establishment”; Monday’s Land Use Information Bulletin included notice of that application, opening a comment period until March 13th.

Welcome Road Winery: New West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming new WSB sponsor Welcome Road Winery, whose proprietors Leigh McMillan and Kristen Dorrity invite you to their tasting room at 3804 California SW.

Here’s what Welcome Road Winery would like you to know: We are local to West Seattle and make award-winning wine from Washington’s renowned Yakima Valley, and our tasting room is fun and friendly place (with a French ski lodge theme) to taste wine or kick back with a glass on the patio. We also throw great parties and events.

Welcome Road Winery‘s tasting room is for fun-loving wine drinkers who want to taste fabulous wine or enjoy a glass and bite of cheese in a laid-back, friendly, and fun environment. People come back because they love the wine, but also because they have a great time in our tasting room. Typically there is a lot of laughing with friendly people and our room is relaxed and unpretentious.

Our award-winning wines are made in the French winemaking tradition, but with Pacific Northwest spirit. They are elegant and bold, but play nicely with all types of food – from BBQ to holiday dinners to grilled seafood. We are known in particular for our Bordeaux-style blends featuring Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Welcome Road is the epitome of a boutique, urban winery – making just 700 cases of wine per year. Winemaker Leigh is a graduate of the WSU Enology program and works in marketing during the day, while co-owner Kristen practices law. We were inspired to start a winery after visits to wine country throughout France and eastern Washington. We are honored to work with some of the best grape growers from the renowned Yakima Valley, including the great folks at Dineen Vineyards and Two Mountain. These guys have years of experience and consistently produce great fruit. Yakima Valley‘s arid climate, rocky landscape, and ample sunshine make for fantastic grape-growing conditions. We are proud to make wine from this outstanding fruit.

Welcome Road Winery is a member of Seattle Urban Wineries and supports WestSide Baby and Genesee Hill Elementary School. See the Welcome Road wine list here. The Welcome Road Winery tasting room at 3804 California SW is open Fridays 5 to 8 pm and Saturdays 1 to 7 pm.

We thank Welcome Road Winery 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.

FOLLOWUP: The Nook opening next week in Admiral

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Back in October, we brought you first word of the plan for The NOOK at 2206 California SW in The Admiral District. Today, proprietors Jimmy and Johnny send word they’re planning to open on Tuesday (February 7th). Now that they’re almost open, here’s how they’re describing what The NOOK will be:

We are a 21-and-over lounge with beer/wine/spirits; local brews, old World wines, classic and contemporary cocktails, and an open bar for pretty much anything, really!

Guests can come in and have anything from a shot n’ a can of Olympia to a classic Old Fashioned or a nice glass of local and old World wine. The NOOK is all about having a good time with great drinks of whatever your preference while enjoying a cozy, neighborhood atmosphere.

We are shooting to open this Tuesday. Our hours will start out at 4 pm-10 pm Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, 4 pm-12 am Friday & Saturdays; closed Mondays.

We will have bar snacks but primarily our focus is on cold beverages and good times, so come thirsty!

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It’s a cozy space, but there’s also a loft on the second floor (photo added above).

The Westy Sports & Spirits: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today, we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what The Westy Sports & Spirits would like you to know:

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(Photos provided by The Westy)

If you travel up and down 35th Avenue SW on a regular basis, there is a good chance you may have passed us without even knowing it. We are The Westy Sports & Spirits. Open now just over two years, The Westy is owned and operated by West Seattle residents JP Vidican & Paul Ritums.

Once you discover The Westy, you find it isn’t your typical sports bar. Yes, you will most likely find the sports you seek showing on one of the 18 TVs, as we have been recognized as a “go-to” viewing destination for your local teams and more by the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, & Eater.

You’ll discover The Westy is deceptively larger than it appears from the outside. Once inside, you will discover a comfortable, neighborhood hangout where friends gather to enjoy good food, drinks, and games.

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The Westy has a seasonal menu that is home to more than just deep-fried pub food, like the burger with Ghost Pepper cheese, award-winning chili (2016 Junction Harvest Festival), and one of the most popular items on the menu, our Broccoli. On the beverage side, you will find 13 monthly rotating draft beers/ciders/sours, over 120 different whiskies, 2 cocktails on tap, and much more. For your entertainment, you of course have the TVs, but also classic Skee-Ball, retro arcade game classics, and Golden Tee.

The Westy is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 am until 2:00 am; Saturday/Sunday, 9:00 am until 2:00 am, with breakfast served until 2:00 pm.

Special $5 Late-Night Bites 7 nights a week, from 11:00 pm – 1:00 am

Happy Hour Monday thru Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

And introducing our new ‘Hangover Happy Hour,’ Sat/Sun 9:00 am – 11:00 am

We are thankful for the West Seattle community and our neighbors for an unbelievable first two years, and we look forward to serving you for many more. The Westy is at 7908 35th SW; 206-937-8977.

We thank The Westy Sports & Spirits 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.

UPDATE: QED Coffee, Sound & Fog join nationwide ACLU fundraiser

3:04 PM: One of West Seattle’s newest coffee shops, QED Coffee (6032 California SW), just sent word they’re joining the nationwide Friday-Sunday coffee-shop fundraiser for the ACLU. The coffee-industry publication Sprudge organized the benefit, as explained here, where you’ll also find the list of 400+ cafés participating nationwide so far. Sprudge’s announcement explains, “Today (the ACLU is) defending innocent refugee and immigrant families impacted by the recent executive orders — tomorrow they could be defending you, because they are committed to defending all of us.” Matt from QED tells WSB, “A portion of sales, as well as any extra monies that people want to give, we will be donating” after the weekend. (If any other West Seattle/White Center coffee shops join, please let us know.)

4:19 PM: Sound and Fog Coffee/Wine Bar (4735 40th SW) just sent word they’re in, too, Friday-Sunday.

NOW OPEN: Dutchboy Coffee in Highland Park

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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

First thing this morning, two hours before dawn and six degrees below freezing, Jenni Watkins officially opened Dutchboy Coffee at 16th SW and SW Holden.

She has big dreams for her little coffee shop at Highland Park’s busiest intersection.

And it has a big namesake – Dutch, the 8-year-old Newfoundland who belongs to Jenni and husband Todd Watkins. Or maybe, they belong to him. He won’t be a fixture at the stand that carries his name and likeness – but they wanted him to be there for our photo op and interview on this grand-opening morning.

“He’s brought us a lot of friends,” laughed Jenni. “We didn’t know half our neighbors” before that.

Things have changed. This morning, she says, almost everyone on their block came by to be part of Dutchboy Coffee’s opening day.

“We just love our neighborhood,” Jenni smiles. A neighbor, in fact, did the design work for their signage and menu.

Dutchboy Coffee is the first business for Jenni and Todd, who also helped build the stand – while you might recall that other coffee stands (JoJo’s and Jenny’s) used to be in that spot, this is a brand-new structure, with custom features added to a modular building.

Jenni and Todd have lived in Highland Park since 2004 and “decided we’d like to work with the community.” Dutchboy is starting simple, with coffee (Fonté) and pastries (Little Rae’s), and planning to build on that – Jenni is working toward baking for herself within six months or so (that requires a whole different level of permit), and hoping to add sandwiches someday.

When warmer weather arrives, tables and chairs will appear in the space between the Dutchboy stand and the commercial building that shares the site on the southeast corner of 16th/Holden.

For starters, Dutchboy’s hours are 6 am-2 pm Mondays-Fridays. That could change; Jenni will be listening to customers’ suggestions and requests. And in the meantime, their main message is on a board by the stand’s front window: “Welcome to Your Dutchboy!”

SPORTS: Seattle Jam 2016 wheelchair basketball @ WSHS

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The final games are just under way as the National Wheelchair Basketball Association‘s Seattle Jam 2016 wraps up in the West Seattle High School gym. We caught part of the two games just before lunch break, Seattle Sonics vs. Albuquerque Kings, above, and San Diego Wolfpack vs. Rogue Valley Scorpions, below:

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Those four teams are among the six Division 1 wheelchair-basketball teams from around the West who are participating in Seattle Jam this weekend, along with seven Junior Division teams.

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Sponsors include Seattle Adaptive Sports, always looking for volunteers to help with events like this.

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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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.

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