BIZNOTE: New West Seattle Junction speakeasy bar In The Heart opens Saturday

West Seattle entrepreneur Malika Siddiq wants you to think of “sipping and shopping” all in one place.


Behind her Lika Love Boutique at 4547 California SW, she’s opening In The Heart this Saturday night.

It’s a New Orleans-style speakeasy, holding up to 29 people in a cozy 600 square feet of what used to be a storage area, now decked out with brass barstools, upholstered furniture, crystal chandeliers, and a wall of what Siddiq describes as “empowering” art.

Siddiq’s two businesses will have some overlapping hours so you really can “have a drink, then go buy a new outfit.” Or just stay for gumbo, red beans and rice, and other New Orleans-style fare. (Here’s the food menu; here’s the drink menu – limited menus for the opening, expanding from there.)

She’s had the idea for In The Heart for almost two years; the New Orleans inspiration is because her parents are from there. As with so many things, the pandemic shelved her plan for a while. But now, the state gets ready for reopening, and her new venue is opening: “Perfect time!” she enthuses. Beginning with a 5 pm ribboncutting on Saturday (June 12th), In The Heart will be open 5-11 pm. The space will be available for event rentals, too.

18 Replies to "BIZNOTE: New West Seattle Junction speakeasy bar In The Heart opens Saturday"

  • KT June 8, 2021 (4:18 pm)

    Awesome!  We need some NOLA food here!

    • Andrew Mead June 11, 2021 (10:02 pm)

      Need NOLA food is the truth

  • wscommuter June 8, 2021 (5:02 pm)

    Can’t wait to try this  – the menu looks really enticing.

  • Paul June 8, 2021 (5:19 pm)

    Great news! This place is great!

  • Balderdash June 8, 2021 (6:52 pm)

    That is a winning smile!

  • Michelle S June 8, 2021 (7:04 pm)

    I wish you all the best!!

  • Kadoo June 8, 2021 (8:41 pm)

    What days will the speakeasy be open?

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy June 8, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    I don’t doubt every business needs to recover pandemic squeezes, and for this recover a bit of the initial investment into the new venture, but prices made this budget conscious fella cringe a bit. Hope you have a slow day and time you can add a happy hour down the road!  I’ll be there. 

  • Doug June 9, 2021 (6:56 am)

    Excited to get in there! Congrats my friend!

  • LPM June 9, 2021 (8:02 am)

    Perfect date!  Me and hubs, shopping and sipping.  LOVE IT!

  • Lynne June 9, 2021 (8:43 am)

    Congratulations, Malika! Wishing you continued success! 

  • Diane June 9, 2021 (9:42 am)

    Will give it a try.  Louisiana food is hard to match.  But I am looking forward to the option in WS.   

  • JenT June 9, 2021 (11:38 am)

    This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Sabrina June 9, 2021 (12:54 pm)

    Welcome, Malika!  We need more women-of-color owned businesses in WS.  I wish you all the best!

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    • WSB June 9, 2021 (2:38 pm)

      Thanks for catching that! Fixed.

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  • gumbo! June 10, 2021 (9:13 am)

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

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