FOLLOWUP: West Seattle coffee entrepreneurs take over, fix up South Park Hall as new event venue

(Before and after photos of South Park Hall, courtesy of its new proprietors)

Back in January, we told you about West Seattleite John Bennett‘s purchase, with business partners, of neglected commercial spaces in the heart of South Park. Perhaps the crown jewel of those spaces was the 1920s-era South Park Hall, a large second-floor space including a stage, a kitchen, and lots of room. Bennett told us at the time that they hoped to keep it an event venue – and that’s exactly what transpired. We heard this week from the two other West Seattle entrepreneurs who have made that happen, Heidi Herr and Corina Luckenbach, who you might know from Admiral Bird – and now, as proprietors of South Park Hall. They are offering a $100/hour introductory rental rate through November; the space holds 175 people and has A/V capability as well as the aforementioned kitchen and small stage, plus a bar and renovated restrooms. Luckenbach says, “We are super proud of what we were able to do and to keep it looking as original as possible.” The newly renovated venue (1253 S. Cloverdale) has a website with lots of info at

10 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle coffee entrepreneurs take over, fix up South Park Hall as new event venue"

  • newnative October 5, 2017 (2:10 pm)

    Wow! Congrats! 

  • corina luckenbach October 5, 2017 (2:10 pm)

    Thank you so much! We are proud it’s true! We will have a party for the neighborhood soon. I’ll keep you posted. Thank you. Also the photos were taken by

  • Also John October 5, 2017 (2:19 pm)

    Wow….look at that beautiful wood that’s been hiding above the hanging ceiling.  Shame it was covered up.  Those are typically rough cut old growth timber.

  • Michael October 5, 2017 (2:33 pm)

    Fantastic work, ladies!!  

  • eeee October 5, 2017 (2:53 pm)

    cool! nice to see South Park get some love in those old buildings – open them up and fill them with people

  • The Velvet Bulldog October 5, 2017 (3:06 pm)

    I’ve been in the space recently and it feels WONDERFUL! Heidi and Corina have worked their butts off to make this happen, and their passion shines through. Congrats to you both!!

  • miws October 5, 2017 (3:30 pm)

    Courtesy of TVB I had a bit of a heads-up on this, so was able to think good thoughts and give special recognition in my mind to Heidi, Corina, and SPH as my bus passed by it both ways today on my way to Harborview and back! 


  • Megan Sheppard October 5, 2017 (3:44 pm)

    So proud of you ladies!!!! Congratulations. I’ll be sure my brother in law prints out a copy of this article for Virgil! 

  • TS October 6, 2017 (12:11 pm)

    I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Rebecca Evans October 6, 2017 (6:04 pm)

    This is FANTASTIC Corina!  I’m going to email you about a possible reservation in April!!!  So great!

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