WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: Sound Bar in the works for ex-Feedback space in Morgan Junction

Two months after Feedback Lounge closed in Morgan Junction, we know what’s next. And yes, it’s local. Get ready to say hello to Sound Bar. Its prospective proprietor is already a Morgan Junction entrepreneur – Dan Austin, whose restaurant Peel and Press less than a block south is about to celebrate its first anniversary. Full details on Sound Bar are yet to come, but Austin tells WSB that the space at 6451 California SW “will continue to be an awesome neighborhood cocktail bar and live music/entertainment venue.” He’ll continue to operate Peel and Press, too (if you haven’t been lately, it added lunch this summer).

33 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTE: Sound Bar in the works for ex-Feedback space in Morgan Junction"

  • sandy October 12, 2015 (12:42 pm)

    P&P is such a GREAT addition to the Morgan Junction–and I’m sure Dan will make sure that Sound Bar will be just as good :)

  • Fiwa Jcbbb October 12, 2015 (1:20 pm)

    Well isn’t THAT interesting! A Feedback owner told me their landlord was raising the rent astronomically to get them out…he wanted a big national chain that could pay more…

  • Thermo October 12, 2015 (1:20 pm)

    Awesome, good luck to you sir…. Huge fan of P&P and am good friends with Jeff from Feedback. Glad to see it going to a local person and not a big chain.

  • justme October 12, 2015 (1:30 pm)

    Agreed Sandy! Peel and Press is excellent and now this? Fantastic!

  • MJ October 12, 2015 (1:46 pm)

    Feedback made great cocktails. I hope the new place matches that.

  • GB October 12, 2015 (2:22 pm)

    Dan-please work with your neighbors on Beveridge Place road. It is a dead end, and when Feedback was open people parked illegally, blocked driveways, and turned their cars around constantly in other peoples driveways and onto lawns, damaging the road. Feedback didn’t care–please be a better neighbor!

  • RPH October 12, 2015 (2:39 pm)

    I like the sound of it. Great name.

  • Marge E. October 12, 2015 (3:02 pm)

    Good Luck. That space is cavernous.

  • Ann October 12, 2015 (3:33 pm)

    P&P already has incredible drinks. Can’t wait to check out Sound Bar.

  • AMD October 12, 2015 (3:52 pm)

    So excited to hear it’s going to be local, even more excited that it’s still going to be a bar/music venue, and more excited still that the owner of P&P will be at the helm!

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man October 12, 2015 (4:44 pm)

    Chuck needs a drink. Chuck welcomes you. Chuck stop talking in third person now.

  • Peter October 12, 2015 (5:12 pm)

    All I can say is :-D

  • Ttt October 12, 2015 (5:29 pm)

    glad it is staying local!

  • M October 12, 2015 (6:09 pm)

    Darn. Not what I was hoping for. The area has so many kids in the area now and far too few dining options for families.

  • cj October 12, 2015 (8:40 pm)

    Woo hoo! Lotsa Pizza!

    • WSB October 12, 2015 (8:42 pm)

      Dan said he’s not planning any “menu overlap” so I don’t think you’ll be seeing pizza at Sound Bar. But, again, more info expected soon …

  • Scsnopov October 12, 2015 (8:49 pm)

    I agree with M, need more family friendly places in WS.

  • notanotherbar October 12, 2015 (11:16 pm)

    Really? Because we need another bar in MOJU? Why not just move the pizza place into a bigger space? I’m all for an additional music venue (or any for that matter) but there are too many bars and too little parking for them in one spot. Boo.

  • Yeah!!! October 12, 2015 (11:41 pm)

    I am really excited for a local owner to step up. For the people who are upset by this just be thankful it’s not a chain. The guy bought a family place and made it way better with Peel & Press. If he wants to save a local bar and keep it a local bar, good for him. Also, Morgan Junction currently has 1-21 and over full service bar, 1-21 and over beer only pub and Peel & Press that is family friendly and has a small full service bar. It’s not like we are overrun with bars. Keeping art and music alive is a tough and admirable move. Good luck to you sir!!! I hope it all goes smoothly!!!!

  • lyndal October 13, 2015 (8:09 am)

    This IS great news! I think another bar in the area is a great idea (I sympathize with the neighbors on Beveridge, though–that’s a good reminder for all of us!) As for family places: I made the mistake of going to Zeek’s at 6 pm on a Saturday night, and it was OVERRUN by kids who were running around, yelling, and generally being ignored by their parents. So clearly, there’s at least one MOJU place to which people feel (overly) comfortable taking their kids!

  • old timer October 13, 2015 (10:40 am)

    “too many bars and too little parking ” –
    and this from a DUI perspective is a bad thing?

  • Gene Degebert October 13, 2015 (12:45 pm)

    Not enough “family places”? P-L-E-A-S-E. There’s a McDonald’s right across the street. Who else eats there but kids & families? There’s a Subway on the next block. What about that little chicken joint, Harry’s Chicken? Or New Teriyaki? Or the Pizza Hut up on Morgan? Or better yet, open a can of chili and give ’em a Pop Tart at home and save yourself $50.

  • Ronald McDonald October 13, 2015 (3:32 pm)

    Gene, have you even gone into Pizza Hut? It’s a carryout only location. Why should my kids eat pop tarts at home instead of enjoying a nice meal out where we have a server and can get a nice adult beverage? You can save your $50, but that money buys my family a little piece of sanity.

    I am not complaining about three bars in the area at all. For restaurants, Kokoras and Peel and Press are both great(I am not a fan of Zeeks but I’m sure some of you enjoy that option), but I get why neighbors wants more options. I wish I could take my kids into a minors section of the Bridge and the future Sound Bar for some different food and drink options.

  • MsD October 13, 2015 (6:58 pm)

    These comments always remind me of the scene in the movie Sweet Home Alabama. “Look at you! You have a baby! In a bar!” Maybe it’s because I grew up in the South, but my mother used to tell me that I’d get to do grown up things when I was a grown up.

  • JesseD October 13, 2015 (7:19 pm)

    For all you folks looking for good kid-friendly options…check out Noble Barton in White Center…great food and service. Get ice cream at fulltilt after. :)

  • Yup October 13, 2015 (10:53 pm)

    Nothing I like to avoid more than people drinking adult beverages while ignoring their kids as I try to enjoy my adult beverage. I’ve had my fill of that and have stopped going to EBB for that reason. Talaricos can be a zoo now too with kiddies in there. It makes me hurry up and down my beverage, inhale my food and scram. No kids and I’ll easily enjoy a couple rounds, eat more and maybe enjoy my time with other grown ups. Kid people are great – just not something I am into when I’m enjoying a mellow cocktail and conversation. Let us have some quiet nice 21+ sanctuaries please. Get a sitter and have a date night and you can come too.

  • M October 14, 2015 (6:05 am)

    @yup. This is exactly why we need more kid friendly locations. I’d really like to see a place in the Morgan Junction like the Luna Park Cafe or Endolyne Joes. The many families in the Morgan Junction need a place we can walk to that has great breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a little visual distraction to keep the kids entertained. There are plenty of over 21 options in the area.

  • sam-c October 14, 2015 (8:36 am)

    wait, is Peel and Press 21 and over? Couldn’t you take kids there? I saw a sponsored Facebook message about Peel and Press brunch the other day. It sounded tasty, and I went to their website to see a brunch menu, but couldn’t find one. maybe they haven’t updated yet? But anyway, maybe you could walk there for brunch.

  • Brian October 14, 2015 (9:07 am)

    FORMAL REQUEST: Please stop using the term “adult beverage”.
    INFORMAL REQUEST: Can someone please open a halfway decent opium den in Morgan Junction?

  • diane October 14, 2015 (4:08 pm)

    I definitely noticed that when we moved to West Seattle from Greenwood that there are more family friendly restaurants/bars in West Seattle. Not so the feeling in Greenwood/Phinney/Wallingford where we used to go or try to go to those places with our kid. A funny thing has happened now that my kid is 11…he does’t like to go to those places that are bars/restaurants. He thinks they are really a bar like West 5 for example and it should be adults only…interesting.

  • Sound Bar October 14, 2015 (4:52 pm)

    Hi everyone,

    This is the guy working on opening Sound Bar. I want to thank all of you for your positive comments, excitement and feedback. I understand the thoughts around family friendly options. I myself have a 15 month old and a 2 month old. The old Feedback space is 75k away from having the infrastructure to support a full restaurant / family dining production. When making a move to open this place my main focus was on arts/music. I agree that more family friendly places would be great in the neighborhood and I hope it continues to grow in that area. That being said, there is even less art/music venues in West Seattle. When done right it can be such an amazing addition to a neighborhood. I haven’t shared any details of the plans yet because one or two things still need to get done. I promise you we will be an involved part of this area and help do great things for this community. Also, my other restaurant (Peel & Press) is kid friendly until 10pm! We have lunch, dinner and just recently added weekend brunch in the last few weeks. It’s only 3 doors south. Walk down, grab breakfast with the kids and even watch the hawks game with sound. Thank you all so much for your support and I look forward to sharing plans soon!!!


  • Hotdiggitydog October 15, 2015 (9:51 pm)

    I knew there was no way that a big franchise would be interested in taking that space over, the landlords were dreaming. It is a huge cement box that any franchisee would have to put hundereds of thousands of dollars into renovating to meet chain standards. A local owner with a unique concept is the only thing that will work in that space. I am thankful my neighborhood doesn’t have another souless franchise on it’s way in… and as far as family friendly goes, there are so many options in West Seattle already. What do you people want? A Chucky Cheese or something. I hope they rangle the old staff back in, Amanda, Heather, Chris, Wade and others were awesome. I am very excited to see how this turns out. See ya’ll there.

  • BDJ October 16, 2015 (8:36 am)

    Very excited to have a music venue at the old Feedback. Looking forward to the opening of Sound Bar.

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