West Seattle restaurants: Spring Hill changing name, concept

Just announced by Spring Hill in The Junction: It’s becoming Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky:

Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar at 4437 California Avenue SW will be changing its concept from a modern Pacific Northwest bistro into a Hawaiian inspired fried chicken shop & whiskey bar.
Mark, Marjorie and team are very excited to present the neighborhood of West Seattle with ma’ono.  Spring Hill has had such a fantastic response and following for our fried chicken dinners, beginning February 8, 2012 we will begin serving fried chicken dinners seven nights a week (Monday through Sunday) paired with mid-pacific inspired food.  ma’ono, meaning flavor, will be a reflection of Mark Fuller’s flavor memories of Kauai. 
The bar at ma’ono will be expanding from eight bar stools to eighteen with an additional counter.  ma’ono’s mixologist MiNan Ahn will be behind the bar with an expanded whiskey selection making delicious cocktails and beverages.  Happy hour will be available in our larger bar and in the dining room.  Brunch will continue on Saturday and Sunday. 

The change takes effect next week – Wednesday, February 8th. You can see the menu on the new website that goes with the big change – go here.

101 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Spring Hill changing name, concept"

  • kate January 31, 2012 (9:49 am)

    Sounds super cool! I’m there. Always loved the “regular” Spring Hill but will be happy to try their new concept.

  • sam-c January 31, 2012 (10:09 am)

    I’ve been wanting to try the fried chicken Monday. looks like I caould do it any day of the week. on the other hand, I’m a little sad they’re changing their menu. so far, it looks like they only have the new dinner menu up. I hope the changes to the brunch menu aren’t huge….. oh well..

  • Lee January 31, 2012 (10:13 am)

    Why does this feel like an April Fools joke?

  • squareeyes January 31, 2012 (10:13 am)

    Have only been there once for the chicken dinner, otherwise always put off by the menu prices. Is it my imagination or is the pricing a bit lower on the new menu? The trout sounds awesome!

  • Happy gal January 31, 2012 (10:15 am)

    I’m very HAPPY to see this!! Great news! Favor please? This Hawaii gal would love to see something tofu on the menu? Gotta have tofu! Besides, it’ll make the vegetarians happy! Best of luck with the new concept! Aloha

  • Kim January 31, 2012 (10:17 am)

    Drooling. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Dani January 31, 2012 (10:18 am)

    So their brunch menu is still the same? Love the eggs Benedict at Spring Hill. Its my favorite!

  • chris January 31, 2012 (10:21 am)

    Shows the market that the Homestead used to have.

  • Dorcas January 31, 2012 (10:24 am)

    yes- I’ll be sad if their regular brunch items go away… esp the fried apples…..

  • SR January 31, 2012 (10:27 am)

    What about their brunch?

  • WS Resident January 31, 2012 (10:31 am)

    If they continue to charge $3.50 for a Diet Coke and also give no refills, perhaps they will need more than a “concept change” to attract business.

  • Parent January 31, 2012 (10:35 am)

    Sounds Great!

  • Genessee neighbor January 31, 2012 (10:46 am)

    Very exciting news as this is within walking distance! Tried the restaurant a few times…not a fave. Look forward to the fried chicken and hawaiian influence – something different for WS that sounds like it could be a hit!

  • Genessee neighbor January 31, 2012 (10:47 am)

    Hope the pricing will be more ‘friendly’ too! and, will there be Spam?

  • lulu January 31, 2012 (10:52 am)

    thank goodness they are leaving their burger on the menu!!

  • SSF January 31, 2012 (10:54 am)

    It looks like they will still have the hamburger thank goodness. I think it’s one of the best burgers in town. I’m glad they’re doing chicken every night, because haven’t had a chance to try it yet but looking forward to it.

  • Veggie gal January 31, 2012 (10:54 am)

    Another vote for Tofu options..other than the Greens & vegetable starters, white rice or fries..there’s nothing for us veggie types to choose from..also, sad to see the peanut ice creamwith chocolate cake eliminated from deserts

  • JP January 31, 2012 (11:01 am)

    Looks great, but like Spring Hill, it’s too bad my vegetarian wife can never join me there for dinner….

  • anthroman January 31, 2012 (11:20 am)

    I never knew there was a market for a Hawaiian fried chicken shop & whiskey bar, but I don’t know how I lived this long without it.

  • mr. the horse January 31, 2012 (11:31 am)

    what? only $42 for fried chicken! they’re giving it away!!!

  • Katie January 31, 2012 (11:36 am)

    It would also be nice if they added some soft surfaces to absorb some of the noise. It is too darn loud in there and I’m only 26!!!

  • Eddie January 31, 2012 (11:45 am)

    I swear when I read the intro to this story I thought it was a joke (“Just announced by Spring Hill in The Junction: It’s becoming Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky”

    Just announced by the Corner Pocket: Now offering fine dining and fragrances……

  • MB January 31, 2012 (12:10 pm)

    Sounds delicious– have yet to be in because of the menu prices, would be nice if they had some affordable prices

  • fj January 31, 2012 (12:23 pm)

    glad to hear it. i always wanted to like it but found the food more art than edible.

  • RPH January 31, 2012 (12:25 pm)

    Well, show me the way
    To the next whiskey bar
    Oh, don’t ask why

  • JayDee January 31, 2012 (12:29 pm)

    A $42 chicken makes the $9.99 Rotisserie chicken at MM look downright reasonable…

  • enviromaven January 31, 2012 (12:37 pm)

    @Eddie – thanks for the chuckle :) I had the same reaction.

  • Slider January 31, 2012 (12:37 pm)

    What no Loco Moco?

  • Stacy January 31, 2012 (12:43 pm)

    A bit early for April Fool’s don’t you think?

  • maplesyrup January 31, 2012 (12:46 pm)

    Guess I’m in the minority but I like Spring Hill and am a little disappointed to see the place change.

  • Aman January 31, 2012 (12:46 pm)

    I bet Colonel Sanders is ‘spinning’ in his grave!

  • Alex January 31, 2012 (12:59 pm)

    My first thought was that this was an April Fools joke too…. What? Turn one of the fanciest places in West Seattle into a fried chicken bar? I mean, I agree it’s a smart business move (we don’t have a strong enough market to support fine dining), but still… Weird.

  • Keith January 31, 2012 (1:08 pm)

    Interesting and exciting news. On the one hand I will miss the original Spring Hill; thankfully the burger and brunch will live on. On the other hand, I’ve tried Ma’ono Monday and it was amazing… and is apparently very popular. Adapt or die!
    Congrats to Spring Hill on a great run and bringing one of the best restaurants in the city to West Seattle. And ‘aloha’ to Ma’ono! Between this news, Marination at Seacrest, and the beloved Mai Tai at West 5, we might have to start calling West Seattle ‘the Hawaii of the Pacific Northwest.’ ha ha All we need now is a killer Tiki bar. I would count Bamboo Bar on Alki if it wasn’t so awful. Something like this would be awesome: http://hulasmoderntiki.com/

  • Wendell January 31, 2012 (1:08 pm)

    Fried chicken and whisky. How long before the eighteen stools need to be checked by a physician…

  • E January 31, 2012 (1:15 pm)

    This has to be a joke! Really? Spring Hill has a national reputation as one of Seattle’s finest restaurants. What a waste :(

  • Peter January 31, 2012 (1:25 pm)

    Wow, what a shame. Spring Hill was the only truly modern resto in WS, a reason for the rest of Seattle to come out to our fair penninsula, and one I would offer up to friends as “as good as anything on Capitol Hill”. No more.

  • Stu January 31, 2012 (1:29 pm)

    Places don’t change for the heck of it. I suspect they were not doing well with their old concept. We had been there twice and both times I thought they were good, but not good enough to justify their prices. This sounds like a desperate move and I wager they won’t last.

  • coffee January 31, 2012 (1:32 pm)

    I have always wanted to try this place, but not for 42 for dinner for 2 or a 17 burger. I find another fried chicken in another West Seattle place very good and 3 of us can eat for less than 2.

  • margaritaville January 31, 2012 (2:04 pm)

    Stacy mirrored my thought: is this an early April Fool joke?

  • Victor January 31, 2012 (2:07 pm)

    Everybody in the industry knows that the smartest thing to do is to abandon a successful restaurant in exchange of an untested concept – keeps things interesting and the accountant up all night:)

  • GenHillOne January 31, 2012 (2:10 pm)

    Yes, please tell me this is a joke.

    • WSB January 31, 2012 (2:42 pm)

      For those wondering if this is real: Well, obviously if someone announces they are GOING TO do something, you have no proof till they actually do it. However:
      -ma’ono is what they called the Monday night fried chicken when it returned in December (as reported here: https://westseattleblog.com/2011/11/west-seattle-restaurants-spring-hill-brings-back-fried-chicken )
      -there’s a website, Facebook page, twitter feed, news release for this, which is an awful lot of trouble to go to if you’re just foolin’ around
      -Fried chicken market around here isn’t exactly saturated. Endolyne Joe’s has a platter that’s only a few bucks less, $16.50/person (Ma’ono breaks out to $21/person). http://www.chowfoods.com/endolyne/menu.aspx … Otherwise, it’s takeout, or am I missing someone in the sitdown world?

  • Elizabeth January 31, 2012 (2:19 pm)

    I will miss the old Spring Hill. But there have been a lot of restaurant closings. I don’t begrudge them for doing something that may save their livelihood.

  • eyeThink January 31, 2012 (2:41 pm)

    Before you rush to an opinion, read the menu. This is still a fine dining establishment, it has just found new inspiration. Much like a musician when they release a new album with a different sound.

    I don’t see why people must jump to clumsy conclusions just because there is a comment section at the end of an article.

  • Kayleigh January 31, 2012 (2:53 pm)

    Maybe it’s because I’m veg, but I can’t seem to jump on the Hawaiian food bandwagon. More vegetarian options and I’ll try, though.

  • Mn January 31, 2012 (2:59 pm)

    How disappointing
    More fried food in a area with so few great dining options
    We have very little here that’s world class
    I’m sick of diners ,cheap Mexican, etc etc.
    Spring hill was a breath of fresh air
    Not anymore

  • mookie January 31, 2012 (3:16 pm)

    My fave is the sit-down fried chicken (and more) at Uncle Mike’s, so while Spring Hill changes things up I wish them well – but it’s Uncle Mike’s for me.

  • Snowflake January 31, 2012 (3:27 pm)

    Why the rebranding? I can’t imagine someone planning a dinner out at spring hill, seeing a sign for fried chicken and not going somewhere else. Its a shame to waste the great reputation. Wouldn’t it be easier to explain to customers who love this restaurant that they changed the menu to focus on the things that people love? The menu may not prove to be THAT different but the name sure does.

  • lk January 31, 2012 (3:32 pm)

    Before folks judge, look at the menu. Still looks pretty modern to me, but with a Hawaiian angle, and they’ve got much more than fried chicken (which I had once and was great; and $21 per person for an ENORMOUS serving of fab chicken and tasty sides is not as pricey as you might think when you compare it to other sit-down, nicer-than-average places).

    I, too, found the original concept too expensive for my pocketbook, but now maybe I can try again. Prices do look a little lower.

  • Daisy January 31, 2012 (3:49 pm)

    Coincidentally, I wrote Spring Hill last week to inquire where they procure their meats – for the mere personal reason that I need to know the sources of the meats and produce, and that they were raised/grown environmentally responsible and sustainable, before I would spend my very hard earned dollars at a restaurant – the primary reason my husband and I do not eat out regularly, or “just because we don’t feel like cooking.” Seriously, who can afford it?!

    While I was very delighted to learn that the chickens Spring Hill procure are organic from Mt. Vernon, and their beef from Painted Hills (Oregon), I wonder if the (fine dining) prices they charge can sustain their new business model of a “fried chicken bar”!!!

    Regardless, if Ma’Ono is a real deal, I sure hope the owners will source their ingredients the same way as they did with Spring Hill.

  • Mike B January 31, 2012 (4:14 pm)

    Wow – that is so random! I thought they had a great thing going. No?

    Why add the whiskey in the mix? Beer is pretty good with fried chicken.

  • Chris January 31, 2012 (4:54 pm)

    Daisy, did you get the name of the chicken you ate?

  • Arbor Heights Mom January 31, 2012 (5:16 pm)

    I’m stunned. I have no idea why this is happening and I certainly am not going to take clients to a fried chicken joint. BUMMER. This was my favorite date night spot.

  • newnative January 31, 2012 (5:27 pm)

    Uncle Mike’s has fried chicken dinner seven nights a week now. Unfortunately I haven’t tried it because I can’t stop from ordering BBQ!

  • k January 31, 2012 (5:27 pm)

    Eater Seattle obtained more info from the Chef Fuller and the weekend brunch menu will remain. I agree with the folks seeking some veg options on the menu.

  • Ohthehorror January 31, 2012 (5:55 pm)

    @Chris – Ha! If that’s a Portlandia reference, it’s “Colin”. I’m vegan and that’s why I eat at home most of the time – I do not want to be these people!

  • corrj January 31, 2012 (5:57 pm)

    Booooooo!!! We don’t have enough fine dining establishments as it is. Fried chicken joint!?!? I miss Spring Hill already!!!

  • Homesick January 31, 2012 (6:06 pm)

    One of Seattle’s finest restaurants?
    That has not been our experience or the experience of many others we know.
    We have expressed this here before, only to have our honest comments deleted by WSB.
    Change is good, especially when it comes to Springhill…

  • Jack Loblaw January 31, 2012 (6:21 pm)

    Maybe they could put up a sign so that people know that it is a restaurant. We never think of going there as it always looks like it is closed.

  • kate January 31, 2012 (6:35 pm)

    Ohthehorror- You can get great vegan eats at Meanders (Epic Punk House Hash) in WS and Pizza Pi in the U District, which has FAN-tastic pizza (I’m not even vegan and I eat there all the time).Cactus can prepare some of their menu items as vegan/gluten free, too; they’re very cool about, as is Meanders.

    I’m with you Daisy, I think it’s interesting to find out where your food is coming from. We’re so lucky to have tons of Seattle restaurants that buy locally. Yum yum!

  • cj January 31, 2012 (6:44 pm)

    Well some of the food looks really interesting and we are defiantly going to try out the burger, but they need to sell small portions of chicken and not just $42 for two package. We will be watching though. West Seattle loves good food.

  • Corra January 31, 2012 (6:49 pm)

    Wow! This is really disappointing. Spring Hill is really our only fine dining establishment in West Seattle. I miss it already.

  • Jiggers January 31, 2012 (7:29 pm)


  • NameREQUIRED January 31, 2012 (7:36 pm)

    For the veg’s out there, did we forget about Chaco Canyon right here in West Seattle??? Interesting they’re not mentioned, but other omnivore sources are highlighted where you have to indicate a preference for these sources to “veggie-ize” or “vegan-ize” a meat-based recipe! Sheesh. Short on memory, long on opinions. Try the cowboy cookies if you ever decide to give this veggie/vegan place (by intent) a try.

  • Chris January 31, 2012 (7:37 pm)

    Horror – you got it. Couldn’t resist.

  • Laconique January 31, 2012 (7:58 pm)

    This is SO sad to me. I loved Spring Hill and found their new menu and happy hour delicious and relatively affordable. And Mark is such a creative chef. How disappointing that WS can’t seem to support a great foodie destination restaurant.

  • Tyler January 31, 2012 (8:03 pm)


  • sun*e January 31, 2012 (8:04 pm)

    I’ve never been a fan of Spring Hill and I think this menu looks pretty darn tempting so the change just might be a good thing…for some of us.

  • WestsideMom January 31, 2012 (8:24 pm)

    man, west seattle, hang loose & peace out! this menu looks really good! same chef! i am really excited! best wishes to the new restaurant– (tho i wish the name felt easier to say–)

  • Mn January 31, 2012 (8:41 pm)

    I’m sure the menu is appealing to some
    Its not unique anymore

    Typical American diner fare
    That’s all West Seattle has

  • Daisy January 31, 2012 (9:34 pm)

    @ Chris and Ohthehorror – Haha! Well, sorry to disappoint but no, I didn’t get the names of the chickens, or the cows, or the pigs I ate over the years. And I don’t watch TV so I don’t know this ‘Colin’ character on Portlandia…

    I DO know, however, that we are incredibly fortunate to have food choices – all sorts of food choices – in this country. Fast food, prepared food, organically raised, industrially grown, GMO corn, heirloom tomatoes, vegetarian, vegan, meat lovers, omnivores. Fresh strawberries in the dead of winter; citrus in the heart of summer. You name it, we’ve got it. So yes, I think we are incredibly fortunate and I am immensely grateful for these choices. And I will never take these choices for granted, nor will I give up my rights to inquire and to know.

    That said, making choices do not need to be pretentious, which I suspect, is the character “Colin” of Portlandia?

    Marjorie of Spring Hill must have read this section of the WS Blog – she actually wrote and assured me that “despite the changes to the restaurant name and concept/menu, Ma’Ono will maintain the standards and integrity of who they are and the ingredients/products they source.” Well, I think that’s damn cool. I appreciate that transparency and respect the business integrity. I look forward to spending an evening there and I already know I will enjoy the dinner. Perhaps I’ll ask for the name of my chicken during my visit….

    Have a great evening!

  • datamuse January 31, 2012 (9:47 pm)

    Typical American diners serve Hawaiian-style food? Man, times have changed.

  • JJ January 31, 2012 (10:39 pm)

    Wow. I lived in West Seattle for years, live in Maui now & I have never seen a single “fried chicken & whiskey bar” over here! That is some concept, Chef.
    E ho`omaika, ola kino maika’i. Malama pono!

  • Rosanne January 31, 2012 (10:50 pm)

    Whenever I go to Spring Hill I have felt that it is extremely obvious that children are not welcome. They don’t even have one high chair. I find this quite odd because west Seattle is saturated with young families.

    Granted, 8:30 on a Saturday night is not the time to take a kid to a fancy place like Spring Hill, but at brunch it’s perfectly acceptable (every time I’ve eaten there the restaurant is empty and I feel they need to cater to families—the biggest market.)

    It would be very easy to print out a kid menu with half sized portions, and bring in more business which is what this is all about.

  • goodgraces January 31, 2012 (11:20 pm)

    My initial response after reading the article (before all the comments) was WTF? Maybe it was just how their announcement was worded or something — seemed abrupt and outta-nowhere.

    But having read through all the comments and taken a look at the menu, I have to say I’m pretty dang excited! Never really had Hawaiian food, but having grown up in the South have certainly done friend chicken. YUM.

  • steph February 1, 2012 (1:22 am)

    Completely disappointed by Springhill. Service was lacking the night we went (although made for good laughs afterwards) and the food didn’t validate the price. We must have just picked a bad night, but it was so bad for us that we never went back.
    Love the idea of Hawaiian food in West Seattle, but skeptical of Hawaiian food at high prices. Willing to give the place another shot. Would love Loco moco, shoyu chicken, and Spam.
    And if you haven’t already, please stop charging for water.

  • sam-c February 1, 2012 (7:56 am)

    I read the article in Seattle Weekly that TR linked to. the more I think about, the more surprised I am. Marination, soon to move in over by the water taxi, has very good kimchi (spam sliders supposed to be good too, though I haven’t had that). so we’ll have an expensive Hawaiian restaurant and very affordable Hawaiian to choose from. the diff. will be fried fish v. fried chicken.

    I hope they don’t lose the french toast, quiche or poached eggs with their ‘gradual’ changes to the brunch menu.

  • J9 February 1, 2012 (8:10 am)


    “Colin” was not a character, but a chicken dinner.

  • Desertdweller February 1, 2012 (8:29 am)

    I promised myself that I would comment on this thread, but here I am, typing one up anyway. West Seattle (like every other neighborhood) needs food for every budget and mood. Every time Spring Hill is mentioned, the same folks chime in with how horribly expensive it is, etc. without taking a moment to realize that perhaps some of the readers of the blog love saving up a few bucks to visit Spring Hill rather than blowing their weekly allowance on Taco Time.

    While I’m very sad to see Spring Hill go I’m very, very excited to see a new menu that obviously has the chef’s passion behind it. Spring Hill obviously listened to its customers (and believe me, it has a lot!) and left some of the more popular items on the menu. Plus, the AMAZING bartender will still be serving up some of the most inventive cocktails I’ve ever tried.

    West Seattle needs restaurants that aren’t afraid to experiment with food. I’m much happier about the new concept than I would be if we got (yet another) pub.


  • JR66 February 1, 2012 (8:33 am)

    You want fried chicken in W. Seattle, where you can bring your kids? (high chairs and booster seats provided) Head on over to Heartland Cafe.
    If you loved the Homestead fried chicken, you will love Heartland fried chicken, its amazing!

  • Jiggers February 1, 2012 (8:45 am)

    Another gimmick…lol

  • MegJunction February 1, 2012 (9:00 am)

    I’ve been a Spring Hill fan for a while, but I will say the past few times I’ve been there things have seemed… disheveled, for lack of a better word. I’m not super inspired by this “fried chicken and whiskey” thing and it’s not very likely that I’ll try it out, sadly. I think they could have made adjustments without doing a total (and kind of random) overhaul.

    Meanwhile: for folks who think there’s no place else that’s “nice” in WS, I’d suggest Blackboard Bistro. Granted, it’s not walking distance from the Junction, which I’m guessing was the context, but it’s not far and it’s tasty IMHO – and the seats are way more comfortable than those strange chairs at SH.

  • chris February 1, 2012 (10:57 am)

    Make mine “two fried chickens and a coke”.

  • CJP February 1, 2012 (11:03 am)

    No coverage of the Whiskey they’ll be carrying? Nothing on the site? No list of brands even? If you put whiskey bar as part of the name you’re making a fairly prominent statement that its half of your focus. So . . . . who is going to be manning the wells? Anyone noteworthy? Specialty cocktail menu? Details! :)

  • WorldCitizen February 1, 2012 (11:41 am)

    I hope it tastes good.

  • steph February 1, 2012 (12:08 pm)

    @MegJunction- Agreed! Most of the people I know that go to Springhill are not local to West Seattle, and are usually “foodies” who heard of the restaurant through a magazine or blog. I’m always quick to mention Blackboard, as that chef does amazing things with food! I’m willing to spend good money on a “fancy” dinner (with emphasis on local/in season ingredients) every once in awhile, but Springhill just felt expensive… While Blackboard has similar prices, I have never felt my money was wasted on something I could find similar elsewhere (my feeling of Springhill). Maybe the change to Ma’ono is a good idea, as they’ve obviously found their niche. I’m willing to give it another try…

  • dancingcat February 1, 2012 (1:13 pm)

    I truly wish them the best….Porterhouse made changes to it’s menu, and then bye-bye.

  • sgs February 1, 2012 (5:56 pm)

    Why call it Ma ono Chicken and Whiskey if they still have a lot of other menu choices and brunch? I wouldn’t go to a restaurant for brunch with that name. Go ahead and add that to the menu, but keep the old name. Or just call it Ma ono, that’s cool.

  • Deb Breuler February 1, 2012 (5:59 pm)

    Good Looking Menu I can’t wait to try it.

  • Tyler February 1, 2012 (7:10 pm)

    winner winner chicken dinner!

  • bleeblah February 1, 2012 (10:28 pm)

    Are they going to change their signage? You can’t even tell there’s a restaurant in that location — is it supposed to be a secret? Sounds like a stupid change.

  • Tomis February 2, 2012 (2:39 pm)

    It will make a great space for a Trader Joe’s.

  • alkijack February 2, 2012 (7:22 pm)

    Well they still have the $17 burger ($22.50 with tax and tip. Throw in a drink and you’ve got a $30 burger! But it does have “hand crafted AMERICAN cheese). And now a $42 fried chicken ($55 with tax and tip (add two glasses of wine @ $9 each and you’re up to $80 for chicken dinner for two). I may be one of the 1% but I didn’t get there by paying these ridiculous prices.

  • Laconique February 2, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    So just as an experiment- last night we went to Spring Hill to say goodbye to the old menu. Two of us, around 6:30, had three small plates off the happy hour menu, one additional small plate, three alcholic happy hour drinks, and dessert. Plenty of food and all of it fantastic. Bill came to just over $50, pre-tip. ALSO- there were FOUR separate tables with children. Which I think is four too many, but whatever. Tonight we went to Outback Steakhouse- appetizer, two entrees, two (kinda crappy) alcoholic drinks- halfway decent quality but way too much food. Bill came to just over $60, pre-tip. I’m not saying that $50 is cheap, but it’s not outrageous compared to other options. It’s just a matter of what you feel like spending money on.

  • kate February 2, 2012 (9:47 pm)

    Alkijack- A burger that costs $17 ($22.50 with tax and tip, as stated) is not a $30 burger. It only got to be $30 because you decide to add the drink! Go get your cheepy (but still delicious) burger at Pepperdock and please stop poisoning the well.

    It’s fine if people don’t want to pay Spring Hill’s prices, I get that. However, Spring Hill is running a specialty business that caters to a certain part of the population. I’m shocked at the all the negativity this post has generated. I’m all for constructive criticism; I just hope somebody doesn’t decide to skip out the Ma’ ono experience solely based on something they’ve read here; that would be unfortunate.

    Our neighborhood businesses should be treated with more respect than what’s been shown here. I’m just happy the space is not vacant!

  • Carl February 3, 2012 (1:37 pm)

    Terrible decision

  • Ray West February 10, 2012 (5:51 am)

    Kate, I will skip out on the Ma’ono experience because it’s high-priced food that I can get elsewhere for much less. I mean, really, $42 for fried chicken? There’s no way, I’ll pay that. I’ll just pick up a bucket at KFC and save my money for better and more affordable dining options.

  • Tracey February 10, 2012 (2:11 pm)

    I hope it’s as good or better than Keller’s ad hoc. West Seattle hasn’t got Yountville tourism to sustain such a price. I’m excited to try it.

  • Lani February 11, 2012 (10:48 pm)

    Concept sounds great, but i sure wish they had poi or a taro side on the menu. Or maybe i just didn’t see it? So many negative comments, people just hate change i guess.

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