The Porterhouse update: Job interviews Monday, menu shortly

They “don’t want to disappoint” by setting an opening date yet, but the people working to open the Porterhouse restaurant/bar in the former Blackbird space next to the Admiral Theater told us today during a quick sneak-peek tour that they are getting closer. For one, the new taps are in — “We added 21” (to the pre-existing 4), smiles co-owner Silas Reynolds, a West Seattle native, shown above with co-owner Linda Libby, posing with the 25-in-all taps in the background. That’s just one of the changes they’ve made to the space – they say they’ve made it more open, from the kitchen through the seating area: here’s a quick Flip-cam pan:

For two, they’re about to finalize the menu, which — as discussed in our earlier story about the Porterhouse — is described by Reynolds as “gastro-pub,” though he’s not a huge fan of the term – pub food but with a twist, yet “approachable” and, as Libby puts it, “affordable and tasty – our goal is to create a nice neighborhood restaurant for people who live here.” (Both Reynolds and Libby are chefs, but Porterhouse has its own chef – Katy Lauzon, who previously worked with the two in a Skagit County enterprise.) They’ve chosen their coffee – Vashon Coffee – and desserts will include Molly Moon‘s organic ice cream. They’ll be emphasizing “fresh, local, organic food as much as possible” and as little “processed food” as possible — they’re even hoping to make their own fries and onion rings. And many dishes, they say, will have a bit of a twist, like a tuna sandwich with pickled hopvines. (If we get a copy of the menu before the night’s out, we’ll add it to this story; otherwise we’ll publish a separate update.) Number three, they’re about to start hiring — next Monday (July 27), they’re inviting anybody who’s interested in working at the Porterhouse to come by between noon and 3 pm, and bring a resume. The restaurant hours will be 11 am-11 pm for starters, with the bar open later; they’ll probably add brunch in the not-too-distant future, and they’re working to add outside seating as well – for starters, they’re enhancing the space’s ties to the patio space on the south, with a new openable window added to that end of the bar. (Here’s our previous story about Porterhouse, explaining that the team runs a restaurant of the same name in Mount Vernon — see its website here, but take note that the West Seattle venue will be all-ages.)

19 Replies to "The Porterhouse update: Job interviews Monday, menu shortly"

  • KSJ July 22, 2009 (3:09 pm)

    Yee haw, can’t wait!

  • Bayou July 22, 2009 (3:45 pm)

    I look forward to trying them out. It would be great if they could hire some of the servers from Ama Ama that are suddenly without a job.

  • KBear July 22, 2009 (3:53 pm)

    “Approachable, affordable, and tasty” sounds great! I’ve seen several comments lately about West Seattle becoming a “food destination”, which seems to mean expensive, high-end restaurants with menus that pose a challenge to the average West Seattleite, both in terms of price and selection. I wish we had more new restaurants that focused on good food for people of modest means and unpretentious taste.

  • KBear July 22, 2009 (3:55 pm)

    Their Mount Vernon menu looks tasty, for sure. I hope the West Seattle place won’t be more expensive, though.

  • Bill July 22, 2009 (4:28 pm)

    I’m certainly not going to be much help to them as a customer. Got laid off last friday:( Green shoots my a$$…God bless everyone trying to open a restaurant during these horrid times. How many more Ama Amas are still out there…???

  • Forest July 22, 2009 (4:41 pm)

    That’s an attractive website they have, but how come they haven’t updated it since November of 2002?

  • TD July 22, 2009 (4:46 pm)

    I just looked at their Mount Vernon menu – pretty pricey. $17/$18 pasta dinners? $9/$11 appetizers? hmmm. Those are not pub prices. I’d be interested in hearing if anyone has been to the Mount Vernon location…

    (Quinn’s is a better value as a “gastropub” – on paper at least.)

  • Meghan July 22, 2009 (5:50 pm)

    This sounds like a winning formula FINALLY for this space! A gastro-pub is just what W. Seattle needs. We can get medicore pub fare all over the place. But there aren’t many places that serve really fresh, great quality, interesting pub food. I can’t wait!! Maybe with some competition in the ‘hood, this will force Circa to improve its service. I like their food, but finally gave up going there after the last time 2 servers were trying to serve and bartend the whole place. It was a disaster.

  • christopherboffoli July 22, 2009 (5:57 pm)

    I’m not sure that I’d agree with the characterization that a better quality of food necessarily means it has to be expensive. To the contrary, for too long factory farms and processed foods have conditioned people to think that food should always be dirt cheap (often with a lot of hidden costs). I’d love for West Seattle to become even more of a food destination. It still has a long way to go. It seems to me that if a restaurant’s prices aren’t right for the market it will fail. They should charge what the market will bear. There should be a range of choices not a race to the bottom for someone else’s idea of a common denominator.

  • WSM July 22, 2009 (6:57 pm)

    Good luck guys! Always happy to see a new restaurant open in W.S.

  • baconbutt July 22, 2009 (8:05 pm)

    I hope they get rid of those corpse-blue walls.

  • Yeah-me July 22, 2009 (9:20 pm)

    I wonder if they will remember that West Seattle has a huge family population and actually have a kids menu.

  • Yeah-me July 22, 2009 (9:22 pm)

    Not sure about that comment about the website not being updated…it has events for July and August on it.

  • WSB July 22, 2009 (9:27 pm)

    Yes, they do. However, it won’t be your standard “chicken fingers and french fries” kid menu … they say it’ll offer smaller portions of good fresh food, like salmon and chicken – TR

  • Melissa July 22, 2009 (10:11 pm)

    If the food is as good as he is beautiful, it’s going to be one hell of a place.

  • nlorelee July 22, 2009 (10:30 pm)

    offering a good kids menu… what a novel idea!!! I’ll take the kids out if it means they have options other than fried! I can’t wait!

  • gidget July 23, 2009 (8:43 am)

    I hope they add a few more veggie items or at least have a veggie burger option.

  • AJ July 24, 2009 (3:41 pm)

    Glad this is coming to the neighborhood. Gotta get a deep fryer and make your own fries and onion rings. Chips say cheap and low rent. Agree with the comments about Circa — a disaster.

  • MFG August 15, 2009 (7:01 am)

    Looking forward to trying out Porterhouse–always nice to have a new place to try outside of the Junction, but have to refute the last comment. Circa is far from a disaster: a consistently busy neighborhood institution (over ten years!) with friendly service and housemade EVERYTHING. One of my favorites!

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