(2008 photo by Christopher Boffoli)
As first reported here last Friday, the team behind The Porterhouse – a popular alehouse/restaurant in Mount Vernon – is going to take over the Admiral District restaurant space vacated by Blackbird Bistro last fall. After our first report, we spoke with Porterhouse proprietor Silas Reynolds – turns out he’s a West Seattle native! – to find out full details of what they’re planning — read on for details:
“We’re going to use the same formula to some degree” as the Mount Vernon operation, Reynolds told us by phone. With one major difference for starters: They will allow all ages, “definitely family-friendly and -oriented.”
Another difference: “We’re going to have more taps in West Seattle than up here, with a greater focus on the local beer scene” – and since they are going for a full liquor license, he says, “I want to start bringing in some of the microdistillery (offerings) that have popped up all over the state, micro-gins and -vodkas, etc., to drive home the craft aspect of this.”
Reynolds says he was a brewer for a while but doesn’t plan to be making anything for The Porterhouse: “I’d rather drink it and sell it,” he laughs.
As for the food — he says it’ll be similar to what’s on the menu in Skagit County (see it here), “gastro-pub, for lack of a better term … pub food but a little flashier, a little more fun, more fresh stuff. Three of my aunts have commercial organic greenhouses and we will utilize their goods quite a bit, will definitely do the Northwest thing.”
He’s hoping they’ll be able to open the new restaurant next month. He has been working to get the space since shortly after it closed last September, though he acknowledges “somebody else was in line before me” — that fell through, and now it’s finally coming together for Reynolds.
The plan is to be open “roughly 11 to 11, seven days a week,” possibly Saturday/Sunday brunch eventually too. He expects they’ll start hiring within a few weeks. But most of all, he’s excited to return to his West Seattle roots: “I’m from West Seattle, born and raised, local boy … we just rented a little house in West Seattle,” and he plans to split his time between both operations.
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