(2007 photo by Christopher Boffoli)
A West Seattle Junction icon is turning 8 in a few weeks, and inviting you to the party. Just got an official announcement on behalf of West 5 – read on after the jump for the party date, and a look back at how West 5 made history:
On February 8th 2003, the West 5 lounge opened its doors at 4539 California Ave SW in the West Seattle Junction. Eight years later, the “glowing crown” has become an icon of the neighborhood, renowned for serving delicious meals and creative libations enjoyed by residents of West Seattle and beyond.
West 5 is located in the very heart of West Seattle, and residing in the hearts of the proprietors of West 5 is a genuine respect for the heritage and history of the West Seattle community. Owners Dean Overton and Dave Montoure are both born-and-bred West Seattle natives; their heritage and passion for the community is reflected in the unique iconic West Seattle artifacts and décor that they both ardently collect and display throughout West 5.
Reflecting on the anniversary is co-owner Dave Montoure:“This is a milestone I could not have imagined nine years ago when Dean and I quit our corporate day jobs to become restaurateurs. With so many changes in the Junction, it feels good to be known as the place that offers the quintessential West Seattle experience to residents and visitors to the area.”
In addition to being the venue for marriage proposals and visits from rock legends, since its opening in 2003 West 5 has established itself as the first non smoking cocktail lounge in Seattle, proving that a successful smoke-free cocktail lounge was possible well ahead of the subsequent Washington state legislation that banned smoking in such establishments.
To celebrate their 8th Anniversary, West 5 will be holding an all-day party on Tuesday, February 8th. West 5 will be offering their award-winning Happy Hour all day and night long (11:00 to midnight), and will be offering a few giveaways and unveiling a bit of history from the establishment’s previous use.
“Things get tough during a down economy and unfortunately we’ve seen some places come and go,” said co-owner Dean Overton. “We feel fortunate to keep chugging along, offering wholesome food and excellent cocktails.