BIZNOTE: What’s next for the ex-West City Sardine Kitchen building

ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: One month after West City Sardine Kitchen closed because its owners sold the building, we know a bit about what’s next. While walking California SW between Admiral and Alaska Junctions after the West Seattle Grand Parade, we noticed a brand-new liquor-license-application flyer posted on the window of the building (3405 California SW): It says the building will become Larry’s Tavern. The license applicants are the same people shown in county records as having just bought the building for $950,000, including Joel Stedman, who – according to an online search – owns/has owned several other taverns around the region, including the Duvall Tavern. We have a message out seeking more info on the West Seattle plan and will update whenever we hear back.

MONDAY NOTE: We talked today with Joel Stedman and will publish a separate followup this afternoon/evening.

9 Replies to "BIZNOTE: What's next for the ex-West City Sardine Kitchen building"

  • West Seattle Hipster July 21, 2019 (8:02 pm)

    Hopefully they will serve real beer.

    • WSB July 22, 2019 (12:06 pm)

      I just talked with co-proprietor Joel Stedman and he says their other locations are known for their beer selection. In fact, they also own what he called a “Beer Junction type of place” in the Tacoma area. Separate story to come.

      • Swede. July 22, 2019 (2:47 pm)

        That sounds good. Especially info on the Tacoma place since WS outpriced me and will be moving away to just Tacoma soon. 

  • Seriously? July 22, 2019 (5:44 am)

    Any news about Red Cup? I saw a “For Sale” sign on the door last Friday. 

    • WSB July 22, 2019 (10:15 am)

      They are still open (noticed that on Saturday during the parade). Otherwise, I haven’t received a response to my note inquiring about the listing (the sign points to a website).

  • LAH July 22, 2019 (8:57 am)

    Well that is a bummer.  I’m sure Larry’s will be swell but I’m going to miss West City.

  • newnative July 22, 2019 (9:51 am)

    That’s weird. I thought the overall belief was that it was going to be razed for housing. 

    • WSB July 22, 2019 (10:07 am)

      No, that was somebody’s conjecture. The only thing that we reported was that it had been sold (we had since been watching county records for that, and there was no update until now). There was never any permit filing. Meantime, I expect to have a followup later today.

  • Quora July 22, 2019 (1:47 pm)

    I welcome them to the hood. Hopefully he tries to land good craft beer; then I can bop back and forth between there and Prost for some suds. Oh, and the Duvall Tavern is supposed to have great food so hopefully he tries the same approach at Larry’s Tavern. 

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