West Seattle food news: Sneak peek inside Angelina’s remodeling

Meet Allison and “Skip” Rich (with 2-year-old son Zayne), new owners of Angelina’s in the Admiral District (map). When they took it over and shut it down for remodeling a month ago (previous coverage here and here), they said they hoped to reopen in early October, so we checked back – and found out it’s going to take a few extra weeks – they’re now targeting October 19th. We stopped by yesterday afternoon for a peek at some of what they’ve done to the space so far, with a lot of work left to do:

That short clip shows the 30-foot-long bar that dominates the northern half of the restaurant (right side, where the main entrance was); that side will be 21-up. But Skip says, “Our whole plan is NOT to be a 2 o’clock bar – we’re not going to kick people out, but if nobody’s here … We’re not here to be some crazy raucous sports bar.” See and hear about the rest of the renovations, ahead:

With three weeks to go, the booths are also in place on the restaurant side, which will be all-ages and decidedly family friendly – note this large booth that will be in the back corner on the south side (the tables and booths are natural wood, including reclaimed material from demolition of the prior setup – “we’ve been building the tables at our house,” Allison smiles):

They plan to have chalkboards available in all booths and at all tables – not just for kids to draw or write on (besides their 2-year-old son, they have a 4-year-old daughter, so they know firsthand what might interest the little ones), but also for grownups – “Maybe you’re on a date and you want to play tic-tac-toe,” Skip suggests. If you were an Angelina’s regular, this may bring back memories of the chalkboard in the tiny bathroom; that restroom was “grandfathered” into the building’s previous incarnation but they’re building big new ones now – this clip looks around the dining room starting with the area where the restrooms are going into the back:

Concrete for the floor in the restroom area will be poured by early next week. The monitors aren’t in yet but they’re planning two big TVs in the dining room – placed strategically so they’re not necessarily “in the faces” of all diners, they are quick to point out, but at least you’ll be able to keep track of a sports game if you come for weekend brunch, for example – and TVs over the bar. The rest of the decor will include “khaki” walls matching the wood booths/tabletops, with the ceiling in the same red that adorns the restaurant’s front exterior. Local artists’ work will be on the walls, Allison says, perhaps rotating every few months.

So what about the food, you ask? As reported previously, they plan to keep it Italian, with some extras. They’re also planning to keep Mondays as “kids eat free.” And they’re proud to say that the previous chef is staying on, along with previous staffers. So far, the couple says, everything with the remodeling has gone fairly well – liquor license, building permits, etc. They’ve been working intensively on the space for about three weeks, and that means the halfway mark till the hoped-for October 19 reopening (for the traditional friends/family preview, before opening to the public) – we’ll keep you posted.

25 Replies to "West Seattle food news: Sneak peek inside Angelina's remodeling"

  • Susana September 29, 2009 (11:20 am)

    Wow…so sad to see those walls go! 10 years of my life working there! But excited about what is to come!

  • Alki lover September 29, 2009 (11:52 am)

    Everything sounds so great! I can’t wait to support our local family and come and see the newly remodeled restaurant. Best of Luck to the two of you :)

  • HD September 29, 2009 (11:54 am)

    I hope hope hope the food stays the same. Especially the creamy herb dressing, and the linguini with sausage…

  • celeste17 September 29, 2009 (12:01 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood and glad you are remodeling a great restaurant. Quick question about the acoustics? When the old restaurant was open the sound would just be horrible with all the concrete walls and floors. Will the new arrangement of booths and walls help with deadening that sounds? I love this restaurant but the sounds would drive me crazy.

  • hkb September 29, 2009 (12:11 pm)

    I can’t wait to try the new Angelina’s! It sounds fabulous; and I love family friendly!

  • kirida September 29, 2009 (12:21 pm)

    Awww, I remember Allison from way back at All Star Fitness. She was so sweet and spirited! I can’t wait to bring my family when it opens. The chalkboard idea is great. My toddler will love it aned I know I’ll have fun with it, too. Best of luck!!!

  • KSJ September 29, 2009 (12:24 pm)

    Sounds great, this is all welcome news for the ‘hood. That layout makes so much sense.

    Two thoughts: keep the fresh hot scones and cappucino on the breakfast menu, that made for West Seattle’s best breakfast hands-down. And keep the Italian on the old-school, home-style side. We have a couple fancier Italian joints in Revo and Rustica so I would love to see the new Angelina’s be the kind of place to go for a good ol’ plate of spaghetti and meatballs on the cheap.

  • Meghan September 29, 2009 (1:50 pm)

    I’m so glad there’ll be a 21 and over bar! We used to like to go there, but too many parents allowed their kids to run all over the restaurant. It’s unfortunate that some parents (not the majority, but too many) mistake “family friendly” for “take the evening off and let your kids run around and do whatever they want” restaurants. It doesn’t do the kids any favors either.

  • WSB September 29, 2009 (2:00 pm)

    Forgot to include this in the story but the full menu will be served in the bar, and bar drinks will be available in the restaurant – TR

  • KNM September 29, 2009 (5:25 pm)

    Hip Hip Hooray! We can’t wait for Angelina’s to re-open and are excited for all the improvements!

  • yikes September 29, 2009 (7:37 pm)

    Please please keep the steak salad! Looking forward to visiting!

  • Brian September 29, 2009 (7:51 pm)

    As a customer for many years, I look forward to the return of Angelina’s.

    My wishes:

    1. Keep the chicken parmesian/garlic pasta entree. Pretty please with sugar on top.

    2. Lose the TVs in the dining room. For those who want to watch TV while they eat, there is the bar. For those who don’t, please leave the sanctuary of a quiet dining room.

    Good luck!

  • hollyplace September 29, 2009 (8:48 pm)

    how about the carmel dessert? Yumm!

  • Keith September 30, 2009 (1:32 am)

    I have to second Brian’s comment on the big TVs. Having them in the bar area is one thing, but in the dining room it’s a detriment to… well, dining!

  • Tiffany Heuman September 30, 2009 (10:16 am)

    what!?!?! I know Her, we grew up together and I had no idea she was the new owner! Awesome Allison! Hint hint: hope you keep the clam linguine on the menu. Let me know if you need a website built. http://www.jetscapes.com

  • 4thGenWestSider September 30, 2009 (11:21 am)

    He used to be one of the managers at Duke’s on Alki. One of the most abrasive and rude people we have ever come across. I didn’t believe it when friends told me until I experienced it myself. Too bad, as we used to love Angelina’s. Write that one off the list.

  • Skip Rich September 30, 2009 (12:41 pm)

    wow, I am truely sorry that long ago i offended you and your friends. I would like the oppertunity to apologize for what ever it is that I did. I am at Angolina’s just about every day right now so if you would like to come by i would very much like to say i am sorry.

  • 3rdGenWestSider - Jana September 30, 2009 (2:07 pm)

    Wow! I went to high school with Allison and she’s a sweetie! Too bad that guy/gal (4thGenWestSider) is so quick to write the new Angelina’s off so fast just because of one bad experience with Skip. People are humans not robots and we all make mistakes. Have a little grace buddy, maybe Skip was having a bad month or week. Sheesh, some of the ‘ol time Westsider’s need to lighten up.

  • Nate September 30, 2009 (7:57 pm)

    Mmmm… Fettucini Alfredo…. Garlic Pasta…. Cant wait. Hope the food is just as good as always! Good Luck!

  • ekent September 30, 2009 (8:13 pm)

    WOW is right, 4thGenWestSider needs to relax a lot Skip and my son were in co-op together and he is far from abrasive or rude. Super excited about new energy being brought to Angelina’s space.
    By the way, what’s the name?

  • Carmel September 30, 2009 (10:14 pm)

    Expect the BEST West Seattle!!!! There are no two people better suited for restaurant owners!!! This has been a long and well deserved dream come true. If any of you have been fortunate enough to have Allison wait on you or Skip to mix you a drink, you know what I mean! They are both genuine, kind and very knowledgeable of the restaurant industry and it’s operations. As a previous server, bartender ,trainer and manager…. for many years in the industry, I know talent when I see it and these two are WONDERFUL and AMAZING people that will do everything they can to insure your food and experience is both enjoyable and memorable! You are going to Love Angelina’s! Best of luck, I just can’t wait!

  • karen October 1, 2009 (7:55 am)

    I worked with Skip and Allison in preschool and they are two of the nicest people you ever want to meet. Skip gave very generously of his time to help with a preschool project and Allison just brightens a room by being in it. We have never been to Angelina’s but you can bet that it’s on our To Do list now!!

  • Angelina Faithful October 1, 2009 (9:00 am)

    That does it! I am fed up with televisions in dining rooms. If I want to eat in front of a TV, I will stay home. We loved Angelina’s with the quaint salt and peppers and the mellow atmosphere. Sure, it needed spiffing up – but TVs? I don’t think so.

  • rowboat October 21, 2009 (10:08 pm)

    Will there still be the nice stove in the new interior somewhere? So warm to cozy up to.

  • Wendy November 7, 2009 (8:53 am)

    Can’t wait to try the “new” restaurant in West Seattle with the BEST owners around! Congratulations to Allison and Skip for pursuing their dreams.
    If you’re still looking for menu input, we’d love to see something on the lighter side as well.

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