Milestone for The Westy Sports and Spirits: Next step in buildout

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Now that they’ve finished gutting their space, and their permits are making progress, the fun really begins for the trio planning to open the sports bar/restaurant The Westy Sports and Spirits at 7908 35th SW.

As we saw while visiting partners (from left in top photo) Shane Whittall, Paul Ritums, and JP Vidican on this past week, the 2,500-square-foot, 1955-built space is now gutted “down to the shell,” which yielded some surprises:

“Everything was drywalled” under earlier ownership – a dispensary before this, a TV-repair shop before that – says Paul, but now they’ve uncovered wooden ceiling beams and wall/floor concrete that will be sealed/polished, with a brick bar and custom iron piping added, for a “modern industrial” feel. (See “before” photos on The Westy’s Facebook page.)

With big screens to show sports. Lots of them. About 20, says Shane. And, the partners say, you’ll be able to see them from everywhere – even if you’re out front in that future sidewalk café area – particularly the 75-inch screen that will be at the end of the room, visible from the moment a customer walks in. They’ve been thinking this through in a big way, including zones for sound from separate but simultaneous events: “Not a bad seat in the house.”

The focus will be on local events but they expect to show just about every type of sport, even EuroLeague soccer, even when the games are around sunrise (or sooner) during certain times of the year. Paul points out that every sport has its audience, so they’re looking forward to the Masters and Wimbledon as much as the Super Bowl and World Series. Shane says, “We want to appeal to everyone – a sports bar for everyone.”

In addition to spectator sports, patrons will get to play a bit too: Two skee-ball setups, shuffleboard, and a nine-foot pool table are in the current plan, too.

To get land-use approval, they had to agree to some conditions, including enclosing the space on the alley. So, no patio behind The Westy – but, Paul says they’re hoping to add a sidewalk café out front for next year, and the front window will be a half-rollup, so enjoying fresh air from The Westy won’t be an issue.

Also looking toward the back of the space, the sharp grade change is notable, and that will be handled with a “grand staircase” between the front space (where they expect to seat 95 or so “comfortably” and where the bar will be a focus) and the rear space (where the food will be a focus). By the way, if you haven’t guessed already, this will be an adults-only bar/restaurant.

They expect to hire a chef soon, but already have a “conceptual menu in place,” awaiting refinement and addition from that future hire. “Less grease, more quality,” says Shane. “More refined,” says Paul. Some vegetarian options, some gluten-free, too. “Really good food,” The Westy’s partners all insist, “all at a good value.” Good enough, in both the food and drink categories, that they hope to become a “neighborhood destination” even for the non-sports fans. There will be some hours of the day without a game being played, after all.

And Shane is proud, having been a founder of Löcol Barley and Vine next door, that The Westy “rounds out the block,” including the forthcoming Tap Station on 35th/Kenyon’s SE corner, a project of other Löcol associates: “Just a few years ago, we had nothing (restaurant/bar-wise) in this neighborhood – suddenly we’ll have three destinations, all complementing each other.” And they’re expecting a lot of neighborhood residents to walk and bike; a bicycle rack will be installed, Paul said. Or to take transit – since a bus stop is steps away. The block also includes a dry-cleaners next door and historic Kenyon Hall between Löcol and The Westy.

Before we go, the big question is always – What’s the current projected potential opening date?

This fall, they’ll venture to say – maybe October, November. “When there’ll still be plenty of football!” they smile.

32 Replies to "Milestone for The Westy Sports and Spirits: Next step in buildout"

  • Kap August 18, 2013 (11:01 pm)

    Hell Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pupsarebest August 18, 2013 (11:35 pm)

    I am not particuarly a sports fan, but am definitely a fan of ambition, small-business, and good times—congrats and good luck to these entrepeneurs. :)

  • chuck and sally's van man August 19, 2013 (12:08 am)

    Though you’re sporting UW gear, please remember Cougs drink WAY more than Huskies. So I do hope this is truly a bar for “everyone…” Go Cougs!

    • WSB August 19, 2013 (12:15 am)

      C&S – two of the three partners are Huskies. When discussing that, they said they’d have to show WSU games, “but maybe in the back.” (They were joking about that part, I’m pretty sure.)

  • Me August 19, 2013 (12:28 am)

    We love to see new digs opening, but “adults only” is a minus in family-friendly West Seattle. Good luck on the new business.

  • Smokes August 19, 2013 (5:08 am)

    Looking forward to this all year! Locol is awesome and I know this bar is gonna be amazing! Cant wait for the opening,,

  • Heather August 19, 2013 (7:13 am)

    Oh how exciting! I love Locol and have been eagerly awaiting Tap Station. Let the soccer viewing begin!!

  • w.s. maverick August 19, 2013 (7:19 am)

    cant wait. should be good fun in this neighborhood

  • Bonnie August 19, 2013 (7:37 am)

    Wow! That little area on 35th is picking up. Looking forward to it.

  • Bill August 19, 2013 (7:41 am)

    Slow down Chuck and Sally. Didn’t you have a Coug bar down by the KFC, hmmm…what happened to that place? Huskies drink the good stuff. Go Westy’s and Go DAWGS.

  • NW August 19, 2013 (8:51 am)

    So a Westy is a type of dog, just looked that up. I am curious to the naming of this establishment, why? The Westy ….. I don’t get it, is it in relation to being in “Westy” Seattle?

    • WSB August 19, 2013 (8:59 am)


  • PAR August 19, 2013 (9:28 am)

    The dog is spelled with an ‘ie’, as in Westie. The Westy name is in reference to being a part of West Seattle, as all three of the owners are from the area. It also has a familial sound to it, kind of like a nickname that you would give to friend, embracing that it will be a welcoming neighborhood hangout.

  • Ignacio August 19, 2013 (9:29 am)

    sweet! that is very close to our house! Looking forward to watch some clasicos (Madrid-Barcelona) and perhaps some Formula 1??? :)

  • ghar72 August 19, 2013 (10:39 am)

    I’m not a big sports fan, but this place sounds excellent! They should check out the neato bike racks some of the businesses in White Center have (FT, Proletariat, sheriff). I can’t recall who made them, but pretty certain it was local. I’m sure others would know. Congrats on the venture guys!

  • chuck and sally's van man August 19, 2013 (10:39 am)

    Bill, a Zima is not the “good stuff.” Just sayin’.

  • Julie August 19, 2013 (10:43 am)

    Thrilled to hear there will be a new sports bar in West Seattle! YIPPEE!

  • Maureen August 19, 2013 (11:16 am)

    Just what I’ve been waiting for! I was about to do it myself, but now I don’t have to! Can’t wait to watch the Seahawks here!!!!

  • Todd August 19, 2013 (11:19 am)

    Yes, we’ve sadly been missing the Rocksport for a while now…best of luck to Shane and the guys – hopefully we’ll be able to watch some Seahawks there soon!

  • David August 19, 2013 (11:32 am)

    This is awesome, huge fan of Local and this will be next door. Still wishing for somebody to open something like this in North Delridge.

  • East Coast Cynic August 19, 2013 (11:38 am)

    How about some NHL action on them screens???

  • Cathy Jessup August 19, 2013 (12:10 pm)

    Hopefully be able to catch some Seattle Storm away games? or some WNBA playoff action next year?

  • Ryan Callaghan August 19, 2013 (12:21 pm)

    Looking forward to it! Also go Cougs!

  • John Q Lincoln August 19, 2013 (1:29 pm)

    Good luck! I’ll be there.

  • Bill August 19, 2013 (2:32 pm)

    Hey Chuck & Sally. Don’t disrespect the Zima!
    It’s a great mixer. Fear not little cougie. I’m sure their will plenty of dudes in Jorts and Tevas to make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

    Bow Down

  • Mr Matt August 19, 2013 (6:19 pm)

    This sounds pretty good to me; I’m game.

    …as long as you show some hockey. :D You’re getting the Center Ice package, right? Riiiiight?

  • AlkiGrl August 19, 2013 (6:46 pm)

    Yay! Some place close to watch Sounders games.

  • chuck and sally's van man August 19, 2013 (8:07 pm)

    Bill, Just two final words from that most esteemed ex-coach of yours (Slick Rick), “Scoreboard, Baby!” And good luck with Boise State my friend. Second time’s a charm?

  • The Westy August 20, 2013 (10:42 am)

    Thanks for the great write up Tracy, and thank you everyone for the support. We can’t wait to be able to open the doors and welcome you all (Yes, even the Cougars and Ducks) :)

    Like the article said we plan on having something for everyone, so of course there will be football and the usual suspects. We will have a Hockey package, if there is enough of a request for something we will do our best to accommodate. Even Cricket if there is an audience for it.

    Either way we can’t wait to open!

  • West Seattle Sun August 20, 2013 (12:55 pm)

    I’m looking forward to the new sports bar which is close to home.

    Go Huskies!

  • tickingtimebags August 21, 2013 (10:49 am)

    Family friendly, bah. Many of us here are quite interested in adults-only establishments. I’m not a big sports fan but if there’s going to be noise around my dinner, I’d rather it come from sports than misbehaving children most of the time. And I like these guys, and I like Locol, and I live a 5-minute walk away. May not be my cup of tea but it works for me anyway.

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