Video: Pipes, drums, flag for A Terrible Beauty’s Junction parade

It was a short parade, but memorable – A Terrible Beauty‘s co-owner Jenna Shannon Garvey O’Brien led the way, carrying the Irish flag, as members of the Eastside Firefighters Pipes and Drums and Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums paraded on a Junction sidewalk tonight, from California/Alaska to California/Edmunds, where the flag was taken up a ladder for ceremonial placement on the roof by Jenna’s son Mick:

(added) Thanks to Aaron Bocchetti for this view from behind the pipers/drummers – with their detailed outfits, head to toe:

Though A Terrible Beauty has been open since Tuesday, tonight is the official “grand opening” night, and the pipes and drums were scheduled to play inside again right about now. It was a full house as the parade arrived at 7 – and as we drove along West Seattle thoroughfares from California SW to Alki SW, we noticed most places were jumping on this wonderful clear night kicking off the holiday weekend.

20 Replies to "Video: Pipes, drums, flag for A Terrible Beauty's Junction parade"

  • ElizabethElaine July 1, 2011 (10:01 pm)

    It was great! Good music, fun crowd, and AMAZING food!

  • WS Suzanne July 2, 2011 (1:12 am)

    I loitered outside for a hour enjoying the music and all folks who were there. The music was fantastic. What a GREAT addition to the Junction.

    A Terrible Beauty is going to be around for a very long time. That corner has finally found its anchor.

  • littlebrowndog July 2, 2011 (8:47 am)

    We didn’t realize it was the official grand opening. We went there about 4:30 and the place was already packed. The food was fantastic and the prices good. This place is definitely going to last. It’s within walking distance and I can tell it will be a favorite destination.

  • Jiggers July 2, 2011 (9:21 am)

    The neighbors who live in the apartments right across the street are going to love them.

  • JanS July 2, 2011 (11:02 am)

    jiggers, the folks who live in the apts. across the street knew where they were moving to when they moved in. If you don’t want the noise, action, activity, excitement of the junction, one should live farther away :)

  • Jiggers July 2, 2011 (11:15 am)

    Jan..If they hava a long lease, they just surely can’t move anytime. Its going to be a loud and rowdy corner now.

  • JN July 2, 2011 (11:21 am)

    So THAT’S what the guy I saw in the kilt was all about! Awesome!!

  • Vanessa July 2, 2011 (12:00 pm)

    jiggers, i think you need more Vit. D.


  • Jasperblu July 2, 2011 (1:35 pm)

    Firemen. In kilts. Playing bagpipes.

  • ScottA July 2, 2011 (2:04 pm)

    From the posting it looks like this restaurant is located at California and Edmunds (where the flag was installed). The linked website just has an address in Renton unless I missed the West Seattle location. Do they just need to update their website with the new location? maybe this is #2?

    • WSB July 2, 2011 (2:06 pm)

      Yes, this is #2. Sorry, we have covered it so insanely extensively that I didn’t even put in that basic detail for somebody who might be new or just came back into town. I can’t speak to their website status, but they do have a West Seattle-specific Facebook page (many restaurants/bars these days, unfortunately, deal a lot more topically with FB, than with websites, though for the wider public, and for Googling purposes, the latter is much more accessible …) – TR

  • ScottA July 2, 2011 (2:27 pm)

    thanks – you’re so good about previous coverage links that I even looked for one to find the address.

  • westseattledood July 2, 2011 (8:14 pm)

    Jasperblu :)


    I haven’t even been there yet and I like it.

  • sun*e July 3, 2011 (8:39 am)

    @Jasperblu :lol: It doesn’t get any better than that, huh?
    @WSB: We need a “like” button. ;)

  • Carolyn July 3, 2011 (4:34 pm)

    FYI – Terrible Beauty will not be open for brunch until July 16
    However, do give the Rueben a try … (split it with a friend) …
    most delicious!

  • Danny July 3, 2011 (6:46 pm)

    A Terrible experience. After waiting a hour for our food to arrive, one plate at a time, then waiting for 10 minutes to get someone to bring me the tartar sauce, I was so hungry I ate the worst fish and chips I’ve had in years. It was so greasy, it ruined my shirt from the grease dripping off the back of the piece. For a place with an existing store, they need some serious work. Food sucked and the service was equally as bad.

  • A July 4, 2011 (3:59 pm)

    Danny, I’d recommend giving them another shot. They ended up having TEN TIMES the business they expected opening weekend, *and* their chef up and walked out the door during soft opening because it was too busy. It sounds like, overall, while there have been a few misses, they’ve generally managed to make it work despite all the challenges. It will only get better.

  • Sanders July 4, 2011 (6:54 pm)

    Maybe you need a bib, Danny!

  • hmmmm July 5, 2011 (2:41 pm)

    Danny – we encountered the same issue on Sunday. Over an hour wait, people getting up and leaving before their food came out…we were comped a beer, thought it should have been more. We were offered no reason why it was taking so long and it was well AFTER the “lunch rush”.

  • RD July 5, 2011 (6:25 pm)

    I am happy to hear there are so many great examples – however I’ve been twice and it was the same experience both times: slow, rude service and mediocre food served cold after a long wait. I ordered a mimosa and was served white wine, orange juice and soda from the bar gun. No explanation, no apology. The bartender was (again) rude about it too, when I asked.

    I do hope they figure out how to improve both service and food – with that they have all the ingredients to be around for a long and I hope they are.

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