BIZNOTE: Overhaul in front, live music in back

While in The Junction this morning to cover the vaccination pop-up, we saw this in the window at Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW):

As the note on the right says, they’re overhauling the menu as well as the space at this Junction fixture. But there’s more to the sign on the left – not only is The Alley open in the space behind Be’s, it’s also hosting live music again. We’ve received an announcement from Jeff Ferguson on behalf of the Triangular Jazztet:

Live music returns to the Junction this Sunday at The Alley, where barmaster Cory is sure to delight and surprise with his custom designed cocktails (or just an old fashioned Old Fashioned). There will be two shows at 8 and 9 pm with no cover. Seating is limited and masks required while moving about the premises.

Meantime, we’ll be checking with the ownership about the timeline for reopening Be’s.

23 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Overhaul in front, live music in back"

  • Auntie May 15, 2021 (5:29 pm)

    Sorry to see breakfast and lunch at Be’s go away! Another effect of the pandemic, I guess.

    • Foop May 15, 2021 (6:23 pm)

      Why would you assume they are changing their menu based on the pandemic? Sounds like they’re just taking advantage to the slowness to do an overhaul.

      • Auntie May 15, 2021 (7:24 pm)

        The slowness to which you refer being caused by the pandemic…

        • Auntie May 15, 2021 (7:29 pm)

          Or maybe Be was just ready to retire and pass the torch. Still, the breakfast and lunch will be sorely missed. Nothing else quite like it in the Junction. C’mon somebody, let’s get those hashbrowns going!

          • miws May 16, 2021 (6:56 am)

            I’m reading that notice as they are retiring the breakfast menu, and not that the owners are necessarily retiring themselves… —Mike

  • hj May 15, 2021 (6:14 pm)

    Be’s was the very first breakfast I had when I moved to West Seattle 12 or so years ago. I’m glad that they’re still around and excited to see what the remodel brings.

  • they May 15, 2021 (6:22 pm)

    My parents were daily morning customers for years. . . they had nothing but good things to say… Good luck for many years to come…

  • Cindi May 15, 2021 (6:27 pm)

    Their hashbrowns were the best!  So sorry we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye and wish Be and her husband the best in retirement.

  • Ron M May 15, 2021 (6:39 pm)

    Their breakfast was my favorite in the junction, Be’s was truly underrated. I hope the best for them and I’m excited to check out their future plans!

  • RayWest May 16, 2021 (5:54 am)

    Well darn! I know there’re many other options for breakfast and lunch in West Seattle, but I could always count on Be’s to offer a simple, inexpensive meal when all I wanted was a quick, light bite. Oh well, all things must pass.

  • Richard May 16, 2021 (7:06 am)

    I fondly remember buying cigarettes from their children across the counter back in the day

  • Pamela May 16, 2021 (7:21 am)

    The title of this post has made me giggle each time I read it…. reminds me of the description of a mullet, business in the front,party in the back.  Makes me smile.  

    • miws May 16, 2021 (10:41 am)

      Pamela, Same here! —Mike

  • westseattlelite May 16, 2021 (10:53 am)

    I don’t believe Be’s is going away; just their typical menu of breakfast, etc. I’ll miss that. I’d been enjoying their breakfast for years, even before the first remodel. I think what is happening is that the daughter owns the space in the back (The Alley) and the mother/father own the space in the front (Be’s) and now maybe they’ve decided to stop serving breakfast and lunch and start serving Vietnamese cuisine. This is really exciting I think! Vietnamese is one of the few types of food we don’t have in West Seattle (as far as I know) so I’m looking forward to this change, although it is sad to see some of these traditional breakfast/lunch places closing or changing. We still have Chelan Cafe, Easy Street, Luna Park Cafe, and the Skylark though. 

    • Lance in WS May 16, 2021 (11:25 pm)

      Than Brothers is in the Junction next to Coutesy Tire and is a Vietnamese place. Granted it’s focused on Pho, but… That’s… Vietnamese 

    • Foop May 17, 2021 (11:13 am)

      Many Viet options not far south in WC.

    • seaspades May 19, 2021 (9:08 am)

      New Leaf Bistro also Vietnamese and very good.  At least they’re not changing to pizza….

  • Cricket May 16, 2021 (11:04 am)

    I loved the be’s breakfast, I will miss it very much. But i am a huge fan of Vietnamese food! Super excited to try the new menu! If there is good pho’ I may be in there for lunch multiple times a week!

    • Lance in WS May 16, 2021 (11:26 pm)

      Be served Pho in the restaurant for years.  

  • JVP May 16, 2021 (6:01 pm)

    Oh man, I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to have some authentic Vietnamese food in the Junction.  Bonus points for a good Bun Bo Hue. But we love all Vietnamese food. Count us as instant regulars if this happens. 

    • L May 17, 2021 (11:05 am)

      Have you had Bun Bo Hue at Huong Lan? It’s on MLK, we should have authentic Vietnamese food since a lot of Vietnamese people do live in West Seattle.

  • Arny Van Zandt May 16, 2021 (9:23 pm)

    At least half the time, for breakfast, my family was ordering Pho along with a Vietnamese coffee.Best wishes on the changes.

  • Aima May 18, 2021 (6:31 pm)

    We will sorely miss your breakfast! Denver omelette, no hash browns two extra sausage links, coffee! This was our family’s regular hangout. We miss you B!

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