Five West Seattle food/drink biznotes

Five notes from the local world o’consumables:

COFFEE FOR CHARITY: New program at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB’s flagship sponsor – seven years now! – and Hotwire just marked its 12th anniversary): Each month, Hotwire is working with a charity to “create a special drink to help raise money for their charity. For every drink sold, $2 of the sales goes to their cause. This year we did a drink special with the folks from Seal Sitters and the people from the Log House Museum. I really enjoyed working with the non-profits, so I thought, let’s do it every month!” explains Hotwire proprietor Lora Swift (right). Right now, they’re helping Tilted Thunder raise money for its banked-track practice location. Two of Tilted Thunder’s leaders are West Seattleites, Lora notes. “The criteria is the non-profit must be a 501c3 and have a very strong tie to West Seattle.” Want to get in on Hotwire’s coffee-for-charity? Go here.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC HOUSE: According to both a tipster and a liquor-license application, that’s the new name in the works for the former Terrible Beauty pub/restaurant that closed abruptly in June at California/Edmunds in The Junction. The bare-bones Facebook page for the new operation calls it a “sports bar,” as did our tipster. No timeframe yet.

MOONDROP COFFEE AND TEA: That’s the new operation taking over the former Alki Juice and Java space across from Seacrest Pier, which had been for sale for a while. Sign says it’s expected to open in October.

FALAFEL SALAM TRUCK: This food truck is returning to West Seattle, one night a week for starters, 4-9 pm Wednesdays beginning next week (October 1st), according to chef/owner Shimi Kahn. New location: 7-11 at California/Charlestown.

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: Reminder, it’s reopening tonight after a two-day break, 4-8 pm. Harry’s (a WSB sponsor) is at 6032 California SW.

25 Replies to "Five West Seattle food/drink biznotes"

  • Jennhx September 25, 2014 (12:44 pm)

    Really excited about the Falafal Salaam truck coming back! They are awesome. :)

    And about the public house, I wonder, do we really need another sports bar?

  • s.young September 25, 2014 (1:23 pm)

    Sports bars are the worst. I liked atb

  • twobottles September 25, 2014 (1:39 pm)

    Let the market determine the “need” for another sports bar, or any other new business, for that matter

  • Tbone September 25, 2014 (2:14 pm)

    Hooray for Westside Public House! Can’t wait to down a few pints there!

  • Wes C. Addle September 25, 2014 (2:24 pm)

    There are no sports bars in the Junction. The only real sports bars were the Rocksport and the Redline and both are no longer in existence.

  • WSobserver September 25, 2014 (3:42 pm)

    I hope the new owners of Terrible Beauty peel that Flintstone facade off the front of the building. It really is an eyesore.

  • Gini Johnson September 25, 2014 (3:58 pm)

    Another Sports Bar, darn, I was afraid of that. We need a Country Western Bar. It would be very popular.

  • Morgan September 25, 2014 (4:09 pm)

    Any word on the opening of Press and Peel?

  • Chuck September 25, 2014 (4:19 pm)

    I thought A Terrible Beauty was very generic, corporate and had nothing to bring me back in after going there. Felt and looked like a Bennigans or Beef o Bradys. Hope the new place has personality/character.

  • Laconique September 25, 2014 (4:20 pm)

    Such a boring name for the bar. They should just grab fate by the balls and call it something apt for the location. The Monkey’s Paw? The Hope Diamond Bar? The 27 Club? The Kennedy?

  • squareeyes September 25, 2014 (4:26 pm)

    With several large screens showing a variety of events at any given time I think Maha’s bar counts as a sports bar, but I also think the ATB site would make a good addition in that arena.

  • Peel & Press September 25, 2014 (5:05 pm)

    Welcome to area Westside Public House! I for one think that if a sports bar is done right there can never be too many.


    We removed 3 different layers of tiles only to find that the concrete slab below had been patched soooo many times that we couldn’t polish it and use an exposed concrete floor. I have personally spent the last 1.5 weeks fixing, floating and installing tile. (boooo) Now that the floor is done we will be installing the seating area. That has to be fully installed before the LCB will schedule the final tour to issue the liquor license. Long story short, we should be open by the middle of October as long as nothing else pops up!!!

  • Thomas M. September 25, 2014 (6:23 pm)

    I also eagerly await the opening of press & peel!

    A mideastern food truck will be awesome too. I will give it a try for sure. I hope they have some Persian BBQ dishes…

  • Linda September 25, 2014 (8:12 pm)

    Just saw a liquor app on the door of the former Shoo Fly Pie? Did I miss the announcement for the new business?

  • WSince86 September 25, 2014 (10:03 pm)

    We welcome a new sports bar and could care less what the name is so long as they have good food, good drinks and fair prices.

  • HelperMonkey September 26, 2014 (9:33 am)

    what ever happened to Westy Sports Bar (? I think that was the proposed name) on 35th near Locol? Is it ever going to open?

    • WSB September 26, 2014 (10:29 am)

      HM – Their most recent update (both what’s on FB and, we also pinged them a while back) mentioned an unexpectedly large amount of electrical work.

  • WESTY September 26, 2014 (10:53 am)

    First off, welcome to Westside Public House.

    The Westy Sports & Spirits is still very much alive. Unfortunately we were buried in delays with the city. In short, Electrical has been tied up since January due to the need of new transformers to be installed, and our Mechanical took almost 5 months for final approval.

    No doubt the delays have taken there toll, but we are still working hard to get the doors open. Soon West Seattle will have two new great sports bars to explore.

  • HelperMonkey September 26, 2014 (11:15 am)

    Westy I am still super looking forward to your opening! Sorry it’s been such a process. And looking forward to Westside Public House as well. Funny that it takes TWO sports bars to make up for the super awesome and totally missed Rocksport. ;)

  • datamuse September 26, 2014 (12:01 pm)

    ATB never quite caught on with me. I’m sort of indifferent to sports bars but if they get a sort of pub vibe going on in there I’d be all for it, sports or no sports.

  • Bryan September 26, 2014 (4:09 pm)

    I am excited for Westside Public House. Please show U.F.C pay per views. It really sucks having to leave West Seattle to watch them… Hell it really sucks having to leave West Seattle at all.

  • Mari September 26, 2014 (10:19 pm)

    I’m confused by the “another sports bar” comments… am I missing them?? Please let me know because the only ones I knew of were Rocksport and Redline (both gone). So I go to Prost or West Seattle Brewing co. to watch games, and I love them but they aren’t sports bars. I’m looking forward to Westy’s and Westside Public House.

  • Cheryl September 26, 2014 (10:35 pm)

    I’m sorry to hear Alki Juice and Java is gone. When I still rode the WS Water Taxi to work, that was one of my favorite spots to stop for coffee or a cold pressed juice (since at that time Marination was never open before 8a). Nice gals. Good coffee & juice.
    Glad to hear the former ATB location won’t sit empty too long, and that Westy’s isn’t dead in the water. Sorry the city permitting process is holding them up. I don’t know how anyone can even attempt to open a business in this town, given how slow (& numerous!) the hoop jumping is. Look forward to trying both bars out once they’re up and running.

  • Max October 9, 2014 (1:15 pm)

    We got dinner at Falafel Salam last night, and it was excellent. Good local organic ingredients, fresh and flavorful, and really nice folks. So glad to see them here.

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