(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.