West Seattle restaurants: The Lodge Sports Grille coming to opening-soon Junction 47

(UPDATED 3:15 PM with added information including the restaurant’s exact location in the project)

We now know the identity of the second commercial tenant at Junction 47, the almost-complete two-building apartments/retail project at California/Alaska/42nd. The first, reported here in February, is Starbucks. The second, announced today: The Lodge Sports Grille. It’s “a family owned, locally based restaurant known for its wide selection of craft beers and innovative American-style menu,” according to the official announcement. The Lodge already has five locations in the region – SODO, downtown, Kirkland, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo, with a sixth planned in Greenwood. For its seventh, here, it’s leased 4,200 square feet, about a fifth of Junction 47’s retail space. Proprietor Shawn Roten says the Junction hours will be 11 am to midnight Sundays-Tuesdays, 11 am-2 am Wednesdays-Saturdays, adding, “We open for breakfast during the football season at 9 am.” (Preview their current beer list and menus on the left sidebar here). Read on for the full news release (plus, 3:15 pm update, answers to two questions):

Equity Residential announced today that upscale sports grille The Lodge has leased 4,200 square feet of space on the ground floor at Junction 47, located at 4706 California Ave. SW in West Seattle. The Lodge, a family owned, locally based restaurant known for its wide selection of craft beers and innovative American-style menu – led by executive chef and comfort food extraordinaire Oscar Garcia – will soon begin to build-out its space, due for completion later this summer. Junction 47, which will open this month, includes 206 apartments and a total of 19,814 square feet of street-level retail.

“We are fortunate to have The Lodge as part of our retail offering at Junction 47 and believe the West Seattle community will quickly adopt it as its favorite family-friendly place to enjoy good food, good drinks and good sport,” said Bradley Karvasek, First Vice President of Development at Equity Residential.

The Lodge owner Shawn Roten stated, “West Seattle is a neighborhood we always thought would be a good fit for our restaurant, and we’re excited to partner with Equity on bringing our unique retail environment to local patrons. We can’t wait to open our doors to this incredible community.”

The Junction 47 lease represents the newest location for The Lodge, a fast-growing restaurant that prides itself on a “small, neighborhood-pub feel with an unbeatable lineup of beers, wine and hand-crafted cocktails,” added Roten, as well as a unique Northwest interior. Roten, a former home-builder who custom designs and builds all his restaurants to complement the neighborhood, builds bar tops that range from 50 feet to 70 feet in length.

The Lodge features high-definition televisions viewable from every seat in the restaurant, and sports- and brewery-related events for its customers. The restaurant currently is operating in Mukilteo, Kirkland, downtown Seattle, and the SoDo district, and will open locations this summer in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, in addition to the West Seattle Junction.

“Like Shawn, we believe it’s critical for our buildings to ‘fit’ comfortably in our neighborhoods – both aesthetically and in terms of retail offerings for residents and the surrounding community,” added Karvasek. “With its Northwest-style architecture and warm, inviting interiors, not to mention a menu that rivals any other, The Lodge supports that philosophy in so many positive ways.”

Junction 47’s apartments will feature 9-foot ceilings, Energy Star appliances, a community roof deck, a gym, bike storage and repair areas, a pet wash, and a rooftop deck and sky lounge, to name just a few high-demand urban-lifestyle amenities. Weber Thompson is the project’s architect, and Andersen Construction is Junction 47’s general contractor. Equity Residential was represented by Colliers International brokers Jason Miller and Damian Sevilla on the lease. More information on Junction 47 apartments and retail space is available by calling 206-223-1431.

One detail missing so far – we’re awaiting word on which of the Junction 47 spaces The Lodge is set for; the Starbucks is planned right at the California/Alaska corner, and signage to the south offers “restaurant space” but the square footage isn’t the same. We’ll add that info as soon as we get confirmation; we’re also hoping for a rendering.

ADDED 3:15 PM: Just talked to broker Jason Miller. He says The Lodge Sports Grille is going into the east building, fronting on Alaska and alongside the alley – basically, where the sports bar Rocksport used to be (its owners decided not to move to a new location, unlike most of the businesses in the two buildings that were demolished to make way for this project). He also says two spaces remain for restaurants in the project – one fronting 42nd, one fronting California, and “the reason (they’re not leased yet) is because we want locally owned places.” So call him (see number above) if you’re interested. He also answered the question about how much parking – the building has 25 spaces set aside for customers of its retail (including restaurant) tenants.

57 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: The Lodge Sports Grille coming to opening-soon Junction 47"

  • Colleen June 3, 2015 (1:17 pm)

    Welcome to West Seattle! I love the SODO location and am so looking forward to this!

  • Ron Swanson June 3, 2015 (1:18 pm)

    Nice!! With the redline closed, a real shortage of places to watch sports with the kids. The lodge downtown by the library is great.

  • Lindsey June 3, 2015 (1:25 pm)

    Looks like it could be good, but probably in direct competition with Elliot Bay.

  • LAintheJunction June 3, 2015 (1:51 pm)

    If they plan on showing hockey on those “high-definition televisions viewable from every seat in the restaurant,” count me as one of their customers between October-June.

    I love The Bridge and Beveridge Place Pub for watching sports but I can walk to the Junction and this sounds fantastic. I think it will have enough of a different vibe to not be a direct competitor to Elliott Bay Brewing, which is also awesome. It’s an embarrassment of riches for great places to get a burger and a beer in West Seattle. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • alki resident June 3, 2015 (1:53 pm)

    Sounds great- and parking will be where?

  • Brian June 3, 2015 (2:03 pm)

    Ugh, another bar? Why can’t we get a decent pizza place in West Seattle????

  • HelperMonkey June 3, 2015 (2:08 pm)

    I see a “U of O” burger on the menu…chances are looking good we can catch some Ducks games there!

  • Jeff June 3, 2015 (2:13 pm)

    Presumably in any of the three free parking lots maintained by junction merchants, alki resident.

    • WSB June 3, 2015 (2:40 pm)

      Also regarding the parking question:

      This project was approved under different ownership and different city rules years ago. It has about 200 apartments and 265 underground parking spaces, some of which, last time the project was discussed, were to be reserved for its retail. You might also have noticed (we did, recently) that several on-street parking spaces reopened on eastbound Alaska just east of California. Besides the free city-owned on-street parking and paid-for-by-merchants Junction lots, there are paid lots for overflow … with better rates than you’ll find in other neighborhoods. (Especially, for example, Capitol Hill, where the rate of redevelopment makes ours look almost like a snail’s pace. I digress.)

  • West Seattle since 1979 June 3, 2015 (2:26 pm)

    Yay! Locally owned too–that’s great!

  • Bill June 3, 2015 (2:38 pm)

    Just what we don’t need another sports burger bar in West Seattle.
    Lucky to have the C-Line go to Ballard where there are many more options for good ethnic and high end restaurant.

  • West Seattle Neighbor June 3, 2015 (2:56 pm)

    GOOD NEWS!!! I love The Lodge in Pioneer Square! The burgers are delish!

  • sara s June 3, 2015 (3:03 pm)

    So excited! Even though it might compete with Elliott Bay, we need an additional bar and grill like this with all of the rental units coming our way (have you seen EB on a Friday night?). The Lodge is a nice establishment and thank goodness we can watch football with the kiddos now. Fingers crossed for a patio!

  • John June 3, 2015 (3:26 pm)

    On a different note…., I’m glad they painted that column at the corner of the building. I thought the white color ruined the look.

  • Dave June 3, 2015 (3:39 pm)

    Good news! Locally owned business that fills a nice niche. Elliott Bay won’t lose any business…that place is always packed, and with all the new residents, there wouldn’t be any room for them!

    Tracy – yes, development in the Junction is moving at a snail’s pace compared to Capitol Hill.

    And for you detractors, would you rather see a vacant, rotting, graffiti-riddled building instead?

    John – I agree! But it’s not painted…it’s an aluminum veneer, or something similar.

    • WSB June 3, 2015 (3:44 pm)

      P.S. I’ve updated the story after speaking to one of the brokers mentioned in the news release as having struck the deal. He had the info on the exact location, the project’s retail parking, AND – if anybody out there wants to open a restaurant – two spaces remain, one facing 42nd and one facing California. – TR

  • M June 3, 2015 (4:01 pm)

    Sounds great. It’s funny that people are comparing to Elliot Bay. Won’t the real loser in this be that sports bar place that took over the old Irish place? That place won’t be able to survive after the lodge comes in.

  • Trickycoolj June 3, 2015 (4:06 pm)

    Makes me think of Greenlake Bar & Grill which I will sorely miss when my friends get booted from Greenlake because the rent is too damn high.
    But I take concern with this aforementioned UofO burger…. This here is Husky territory!

  • wscommuter June 3, 2015 (4:43 pm)

    I can live with the UO burger … but I’m not drinking any @#$%ing merlot.

    • WSB June 3, 2015 (4:55 pm)

      For those of you just joining us, pizza and merlot are memes from past new-restaurant comment threads. Will add the links later, gotta go see if the Charlestown demolition is over yet.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man June 3, 2015 (5:05 pm)

    @M: That sports bar that took over A Terrible Beauty has its own issues to deal with. The only time I stepped foot in there was with a buddy (sat right at the bar) and we were ignored by the bartender for easily 10 minutes–not even eye contact and he was not that busy. We walked out and won’t be back. I was not impressed with ATB ownership, either. That place has location, but no soul. As for the Lodge, we’ll see. I do wish them luck.

  • Peter June 3, 2015 (5:18 pm)

    No it will not competent with Elliott Bay as some are speculating. They are very different places with different atmosphere and food. I can’t imaging going to Elliott Bay and thinking “I’ll go to lodge instead.” That said, welcome to the hood!

  • JayDee June 3, 2015 (5:37 pm)

    I was wondering if it would be taking up the Rocksports baton and general location. Once they outlawed smoking Rocksports was not a bad place to watch a game (before that, not so much, IMHO).

  • Junctionite June 3, 2015 (6:01 pm)

    Wish one of the new places would have garage-like doors that could be opened in nice weather. These are all over in Capitol Hill.

  • w.s.maverick June 3, 2015 (6:11 pm)

    best news all day this place is awesome

  • datamuse June 3, 2015 (6:46 pm)

    wscommuter: hahahahaha!
    Pizza, Brian? Are you kidding? West Seattle has something like two dozen pizzarias, they can’t possibly all be terrible…

  • Kara June 3, 2015 (7:09 pm)

    I love the brick on this building, I’m thankful something was developed that kind of captures that main street feel of West Seattle. Love The Lodge as well so that’s a welcomed addition.

  • Wsgal June 3, 2015 (7:15 pm)

    Finally a LARGE place for children AND adults to hang! Super stoked! And a new breakfast joint. Hear Starbucks is taking that corner, lots of new walking traffic through there! Grateful it’s a local joint and not something corporate because that space is expensive. They must have a polish business plan and background.

  • J. June 3, 2015 (7:30 pm)

    Welcome to West Seattle! (As long as you leave the snootiness at the SODO location.)

  • Julie June 3, 2015 (7:31 pm)

    I’m pleased to hear that they’re prioritizing locally-owned businesses.

  • Michael Waldo June 3, 2015 (7:36 pm)

    My wife we be happy. After years of ordering the French Dip at Elliott Bay, they took it off the menu. I saw one on their menu, if the food is going to be the same. Also, Elliott Bay needs a companion. We never go there on weekends any more, to crowded. Big plus for me is they will have mixed drinks. Love me a Manhattan from time to time. I will give them a try, for sure. I can add about the West Side Public house, the old Terrible Beuty, went once. Not again. They can’t afford a wait staff, so we went to the bar to order. Yes, it took time. Then I think the food was brought out by the cook. Anyway, it already feels like an old dive without the charm. And they still have the terrible beauty sign on the outside! Poor service, mediocre food, another one bites the dust I predict.

  • themightyrabbit June 3, 2015 (7:56 pm)

    It’s not at all in competition with Elliot Bay. TL is a higher price bracket with varying craft beer. Elliot Bay is a favorite for West Seattle and that won’t change. Lodge can’t come close to Beer Junction for beer selection so the lodge kind of sits in the middle. It’s a good addition to meet the demand.

  • Heisenberg June 3, 2015 (8:29 pm)

    I’m so stoked for the Lodge! Love the one in pioneer square! As for comments about the bar formerly known as Terrible Beauty………..agree. Was ignored for 20min the first day they opened and no one in there AND I sat at the bar. Never came back nor will I ever go again. Welcome Lodge!

  • AIDM June 3, 2015 (8:44 pm)

    Ignored for 20 minutes? Holy cow, I wouldn’t have lasted 5. Yes, some wait staff misinterpret the directionality of “wait”.

  • Erin June 3, 2015 (10:52 pm)

    Dang, that is going to be the 3 sports bar within a block on Cali. Please I beg restaurant owners give us a little variety!

  • lvbebe June 3, 2015 (11:29 pm)

    Woot Woot! So excited to have a local sports bar with a great menu in the neighborhood. Definitely a different vibe than EB and as other have said there is space for two, it can be rather difficult to get into EB. Love the Lodge. YAY!

  • mr. the horse June 4, 2015 (12:03 am)

    fwiw: west seattle brewing company will be reopening june 5. been able to sneak a peak and it gonna be really cool.

  • JVP June 4, 2015 (6:31 am)

    Hmm, more of the same. We have a lot of “acceptable” food in West Seattle. I was hoping for a little more variety, and maybe a nicer option or two.
    Maybe some small plates, tapas, French, or just something a little more ambitious. There ARE actually a few of us here who like really good food.
    Ethan Stowell, are you listening?

  • Brian June 4, 2015 (7:52 am)

    JVP: I want to tell you how long I laughed at what you wrote but it’s difficult to describe in words.

  • squareeyes June 4, 2015 (9:23 am)

    @erin – in that one block there are/will be three sports bars, one Thai, one teriyaki, one sushi, one pizza, and three Mexican restaurants, plus two bakeries. And what about the 10 or more restaurants in the next block? Sushi/Japanese, pizza, Indian, Asian, Mexican, steakhouse, bars w/ general fare, etc. I think we’ve got a pretty substantial amount of variety for a two-block area.

    I am sad for the Westside. I’ve been in about 3 times since they opened. Their spicy beef and grits is actually pretty good, but the place really isn’t offering much in the way of pleasant atmosphere.

  • sam-c June 4, 2015 (10:55 am)

    Great, if Elliott Bay gets some competition, maybe I can go back to EB again! as the wise Yogi Berra says, “it’s so crowded nobody goes there anymore” I don’t remember the last time I went to Elliott Bay- there’s always such a long wait everytime I try.

    And please food restaurant gods, send a boom noodle to one of the other spaces in the building. Thank you.

    @JVP- I thought WSB had a comment somewhere on another food related story about Ethan Stowell not branching out to WS for some reason? or maybe I just heard gossip somewhere? I don’t know.

  • HelperMonkey June 4, 2015 (11:02 am)

    not surprising that Westside is faltering…it’s apparently owned by the same people who owned and ran Terrible Beauty into the ground.

    • WSB June 4, 2015 (11:11 am)

      One of the owners is related to previous ownership, according to liquor-license filings. But it’s not entirely the same. Re: Elliott Bay, since we are lucky enough to be able to not leave West Seattle for work, we are able to have lunch at local restaurants now and then, and you can usually get a table at EBB on a weekday at lunchtime. So if you’re ever home during the week … Meantime, re: Ethan Stowell, a commenter did mention that recently but I have no idea of his/her sources. We heard a rumor once that MAYBE his company was looking at The Junction. Rumor had never been substantiated, which is why we avoid publishing rumors and wait for hard-and-fast confirmation, at least via city permit files (in this case, the announcement came BEFORE it turned up in the permit files!) … TR

  • Diane June 4, 2015 (12:18 pm)

    do we know when the Starbucks on the corner is opening?

    • WSB June 4, 2015 (12:43 pm)

      I expect to have more information on that tonight or tomorrow.

  • j. June 4, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    I believe it’s still a chain, locally owned or not, most are in suburbs.

    • WSB June 4, 2015 (1:21 pm)

      Certainly definitions of “chain” vary and you can debate whether and how a “chain” of say half a dozen establishments is “better” than one with half a thousand, or … and it depends on what’s important to you – anyway, West Seattle has more than a few branches of small, locally owned “chains” … Re: the suburb point, as noted in the story, this company has restaurants in Mukilteo, Mill Creek, and Kirkland, which you could call suburbs, but they will be outnumbered by year’s end as its downtown and SODO locations will be joined by this one and one in Greenwood, so that’s four in Seattle city limits. I have to confess that I’d never heard of The Lodge until this announcement arrived yesterday. We do leave the peninsula sometimes but our off-peninsula short list hadn’t ever crossed paths with this chainlet! – TR

  • Thirsty June 4, 2015 (1:36 pm)

    Since these threads often deviate from the specific topic at hand, I don’t feel bad asking: Does anyone know why there aren’t more breweries in West Seattle? West Seattle Brewing Co and Elliott Bay are fine, but I’d love to see some more innovation and diversity… Also I heard a rumor about a ramen joint going into one of these places, so @sam-c you may be in luck!

  • HelperMonkey June 4, 2015 (3:06 pm)

    Hey Thirsty, you just need to come down to South Park! Tin Dog Brewing and Lowercase Brewing….then come back up the hill to White Center and hit Big Al’s. Plenty of breweries, just not in “west seattle proper”.

  • Thirsty June 4, 2015 (4:03 pm)

    Thanks, @HelperMonkey. I will do that!!

  • KM June 4, 2015 (4:09 pm)

    I think most Boom Noodle locations closed down. The Bellevue and Capitol Hill ones didn’t make it–are there any left besides UVillage? I would dig a good udon or Ramen place, however.
    Edit: The UVillage one is closed too. Looks like boom noodle is done.

  • SGreer June 4, 2015 (5:29 pm)

    We’re all in for a treat! I’ve known Shawn most of my life, and while he and Beth are certainly on their business game, they are first and foremost just fun, gracious hosts. Big on family- they love great, quality food and drinks- and making
    Lodge customers feel welcome.
    Shawn is a hands on builder, and I’m sure he’ll make this place look and feel like an old mountain lodge, with lots of live edge timber and a big stone fireplace. (If an old mountain lodge also had HD sports, and about 100 great beers on tap!)

    I can’t wait for the Lodge to open! I’ve lived in West Seattle for 20 years, and I know Westsiders are going to LOVE this place!

  • jetcitydude June 4, 2015 (7:18 pm)

    The only places you’ll get in these high ridiculous priced newer buildings are chained. Its too expensive for a single owner to operate.

  • Charlie June 4, 2015 (8:35 pm)

    @KM. Boom Noodle has reopened on Capitol Hill at the same address.

  • Amy Marie June 4, 2015 (11:46 pm)

    Talk about bad service and mediocrity – Fatburger on alki — bummer! Wah-wah-wah!

  • G June 5, 2015 (7:33 am)

    Nothing gets West Seattle as worked up as a new restaurant. I have to chuckle.

  • Ana June 10, 2015 (5:01 pm)

    Sad to see a Starbucks coming into the Junction like that! I love that West Seattle had stuck to the more local coffee joints.

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