Images of the old Greek joint and a “hipster” meme graphic that currently provides the only mysterious clues to what Spirit Animal is all about. (Images: The Byzantion and Spirt Animal)
Following big changes for neighborhood institution Charlie’s, another longtime Broadway restaurant is closing its doors after decades of service to make way for a new player in Capitol Hill food and drink.
North Broadway’s The Byzantion and owner Sotiris Bekris are slated to serve the Greek restaurant’s final meals on Sunday, September 6th:
After over 30 years of owning and operating the Byzantion restaurant in Capitol Hill, Sotiris Bekris has decided to close its doors on Sept. 6th and retire from the restaurant world. Thank you to all our loyal customers who supported us throughout the Byzantion’s long and happy career. We would not have been able to do it without you!
Spirit Animal, a new cocktail bar with a mystical bent from two first-time owner, is lined up for the space after purchasing the business from Bekris. The sale was good news for the longtime Capitol Hill restaurant owner and the start of a new opportunity for two Seattle bartenders.
“It’s always burning back in the back of an aspiring young bartender’s mind to have their own place,” Paul Berryman tells CHS.
Berryman said he and business partner Izzy Guymon met while working behind the bar at Percy’s & Co. in Ballard.
They’re planning a full “tear out and rebuild” of the Byzantion space with hopes for a bohemian look and tarot card feel in the new bar that meshes with the “slightly mystical” half man, half beast spirit of Spirit Animal.
The partners have visions of an exciting north Broadway scene.
“I think this end is going to have a little bit of a renaissance,” Berryman said. “It feels more like a neighborhood than an entertainment district.”
Spirit Animal is planned to open by the start of 2016 at 601 Broadway E. You can say goodbye to The Byzantion through Sunday.