West Seattle businesses: The Bridge opens next Thursday

It’s had a few past lives – but what matters most is its future, and next Thursday is the day that 4439 35th SW will open as The Bridge.” At right, meet Rita Dixson and Trevor Garand, both West Seattle residents; you might know them from Talarico’s and Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), respectively, or someplace else.

Rita and Trevor are longtime friends (more than 20 years!) who always wanted to go into business together – and now they have. This past Wednesday morning, they made time in their frantic pre-opening schedule to let WSB in for a chat and a look around. (In the photo, they’re standing next to the northwest corner of the 1,800-square-foot patio they’re particularly thrilled about, looking ahead to summertime – a place where they hope to have live music as well as people enjoying beverages and food in the sunshine.)

We brought you first word of The Bridge more than three months ago – first a brief mention, then a little more shared by Rita. That’s actually a relatively quick turnaround time for a restaurant/bar type project. And while your editor here never made it into Redline (the space’s last incarnation), we’re told this is quite the makeover.

“It needed a lot of TLC,” smiles Rita. Above, that’s the cozy, natural-light – through opaque blinds, since the bus stop is right outside and not much of a view – northeastern corner (which doubles as a stage). It’s right next to the big, homey brick fireplace:

Other homey touches include a beautiful rug under much of the main seating area. The Bridge is 21-and-up only, so its food will be “casual American bar food, with a twist” – a spirited twist, you might say, with treats including Jack Daniel’s-tinged berries and cream; then there will be the chicken caprese and French dip sliders, bacon-wrapped tenderloin, and other savories … “Come in and have a little food on your way home to dinner,” as Rita suggests. The tables are all in place now, most of them barstool-high, with a few booths in the back.

Photos over the booths pay tribute to The Bridge’s name – different angles of the West Seattle Bridge, to which the new establishment is so close, they are hopeful of becoming a favorite stop for commuters:

They also are proud to be in The Triangle, as it changes and evolves. And yes, there was a development proposal on the Huling-owned site, but The Bridge has a long-enough lease, its proprietors say, that they’re certain it’s not proceeding any time soon (don’t worry about falling in love with The Bridge and then losing it). So they’re getting ready to welcome you for a drink (18 draft beers!), a snack, and even – a game of table shuffleboard:

As for TV sports – The Bridge has four screens (one behind the bar), and while they don’t plan to have the sound up for everything, if there’s a big game, you bet. They’re planning to open at 4 pm Mondays-Fridays, probably earlier on weekends. Again, Opening Day/Night is next Thursday, February 24th – and if you stop by, wish Rita a happy birthday – for her, it’s a double reason to celebrate. P.S. You can find “The Bridge” on Facebook, here.

31 Replies to "West Seattle businesses: The Bridge opens next Thursday"

  • jiggers February 18, 2011 (1:25 pm)

    I thought that this building was condemned? I had a drink one time when it was the Redline and forgot to bring my umbrella inside with me.

    • WSB February 18, 2011 (1:30 pm)

      Jig – nope. And Rita and Trevor assure us the roof (which previously had a documented problem or two) is now in great shape. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the ceiling, but it looks quite lovely too. The remodeling period has certainly included some deluges, so if there were still a problem, they would have known! – TR

  • biankat February 18, 2011 (1:29 pm)

    Ahhhh. Finally what looks to be a nice place in that spot. Looking forward to testing the waters :)

  • natinstl February 18, 2011 (1:38 pm)

    The inside certainly looks nice. I wish they would have gone with a more cheerful color outside though, black, how depressing.

  • April February 18, 2011 (1:41 pm)

    I am a HUGE fan of Talaricos (i’m surprised they don’t call out my name when i walk in ;-) So, i’ll be excited and delighted to try out this place if it’s co-owned by one of Talaricos’ owners. Looking forward to it! Thank you for sharing the news!

    • WSB February 18, 2011 (1:48 pm)

      April – Rita wasn’t a Talarico’s owner, but rather, a staff member. For both Rita and Trevor, this is their first ownership endeavor – TR

  • April February 18, 2011 (1:52 pm)

    p.s. do you know if they’ll have awesome happy hour specials like at Talaricos? :)

  • A February 18, 2011 (1:53 pm)

    Saw the building the other day and thought it looked great! Although I do hope they can keep up with all of the grafitti that building is usually covered with (maybe add security cams??). I am looking forward to trying it out. When we get a night out without our 4yo we like to go to places that are 21 and over! :)

  • April February 18, 2011 (1:53 pm)

    Oh, thanks for clarifying TR. Sorry I misunderstood about ownership.

  • Laura Sisson February 18, 2011 (2:07 pm)

    Loved the food at Redline, but it was a scary looking place. This looks so much better!

  • Lindz February 18, 2011 (2:35 pm)

    So proud of Rita and her accomplishments! Can’t wait to check out the new digs. <3

  • Jim February 18, 2011 (2:43 pm)

    I miss pizza pete… (But I don’t miss the pizza)

  • M. February 18, 2011 (3:28 pm)

    Why would i want to stop by and get something to eat if im going to go home and make dinner? hmmm

  • lisa February 18, 2011 (4:14 pm)

    I almost don’t recognize the place formerly a dump called legends. Hope it smells as good as it looks *I’m sure it does*. Former place smelled like the mens room..

  • Rod February 18, 2011 (5:56 pm)

    Inside looks really nice from the pics, menu looks great, just what I’m looking for in a regular hangout. A little acoustic music, outdoor patio, fireplace, shuffleboard!?! Nice. I really am impressed so far! I hope I will continue to be after I actually go there for a meal and some drinks! Good luck to the owners!

  • Lincoln February 18, 2011 (5:58 pm)

    Thanks for the info on this TR. My Scottish beau and I have a pub we’ve enjoyed hanging out at regularly on my visits to NE England to visit him (It’s a long-term long-distance relationship :o)), called The Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne across from the Castle Keep (of the name “Newcastle” – very very olde ;o))…I look forward to taking him to our WS “The Bridge” on his next visit here to try some tasty-sounding food!

  • hatcher February 18, 2011 (7:14 pm)

    Can’t wait! I have been watching this story and anticipating the opening. It looks like extreme makeover…bar edition.

  • spicyfunk February 18, 2011 (8:55 pm)

    I remember Rita and Trevor from Talarico’s and Feedback. They are both awesome. The pics above look like they have done a tremendous amount of work to give this place a rebirth. Looking forward to checking it out. And an outdoor patio in WS – sweet.

  • Mom February 18, 2011 (9:31 pm)

    I was priviledged to see the before and the after… It was a huge huge undertaking and the results are spectacular! It is sure to become one of the nicest neighborhood hang outs around. Nope btw the roof no longer leaks and the smell of the previous men’s room is gone! Now all you smell is “frys” great cooking!

  • rdm February 19, 2011 (3:21 am)

    Happy B-Day to me! I know where Ill be. So what are the hours going to be? Open till 2 I hope.

  • DMW February 19, 2011 (1:57 pm)

    If you know anything about Rita or Trevor you know they have poured their heart, soul, blood, sweat & tears into this… I hope West Seattle can appreciate this piece of the community they are adding. Just think if everyone had something positive to add to the community and worked hard for it -Voila!- better economy, less crime, more smiles. Get some Bridge, ya’ll!

  • Brooklyn February 19, 2011 (3:40 pm)


    I am sorry I am missing opening day, but I will be front and center the day I return from my next trip.

    All the best & the pics look amazing!!!

  • Katherine Salomonsen February 19, 2011 (6:53 pm)

    Go Rita Go!!! i’m a proud baby cousin!!!

  • Pollo February 20, 2011 (6:05 pm)

    Place is gorgeous on the outside, especially compared to what it was. The trellises in the back are a great touch and the exterior is not quit black, a really great color. Rich, gorgeous and classy. Really looking forward to it. And come on, 18 drafts?

  • Eva February 21, 2011 (9:48 am)

    Baby sitter is scheduled! See you on opening night :P I’m so excited for your long, hard won dreams coming true! Congrats you two! *Hugs Trevor*

  • MIKE February 21, 2011 (4:09 pm)

    Rita and Trevor,
    Best of luck to you in your new endeavor. I am so happy your are opening The Bridge and will be sure to hang out with you guys. Especially glad you’ve added shuffleboard…..yay!

  • LT February 21, 2011 (9:23 pm)

    Will they host any free poker games?

  • Yvonne February 23, 2011 (1:24 pm)

    Trevor and Rita.
    Wow, what a beautiful place you have here. I am so proud of Trevor and what he has done. We will miss you at the Feedback, but we know where you live=). Speaking for Paul, Lisa and I, we cannot wait to come in and hang out with you and watch football, baseball and just have fun. We are all very happy for you. Just make sure you have the Diet Coke and St Pauli Non Alcoholic beer ready for me.
    Love ya Trevor.

  • MJC February 24, 2011 (8:49 am)

    I was fortunate enough to attend the soft open last night and let me tell you, IT WAS FABULOUS! We had the bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese (truly to die for) among other fantastic dishes. Not only is the food terrific, it is priced very well and the bloody mary was the best I have had in the city. I cannot wait to frequent The Bridge, it may be my new favorite restaurant. OH and the interior improvements make you forget this place was ever anything but The Bridge! Congrats to Rita and Trevor you have done an amazing job!

  • blah! February 26, 2011 (9:15 pm)

    this place sucks!
    Acosted by the doorman upon entry.
    Frosted windows, ala, dive bar.
    We left! Never to return.

  • Sr. March 3, 2011 (7:38 am)

    What a great addition to the West Seattle community!
    Must be seen to be believed!! My drinks were really good and the food was spectacular! I will be back again for sure….maybe tonight!

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