There are two types of businesses that we hear CHS readers commonly ask about: bakeries and sports bars. While we do not know of options other than North Hill Bakery and Essential Bakery (more Madison Valley), we can report that a new sports bar will be coming to the Hill in 2010. Laura Olson of (CHS Sponsor) Po Dog told us to be on the lookout for Auto Battery. Laura describes Auto Battery as the following:
“Auto Battery is a hybrid News coffee shop and Sports bar (complete with shuffle board tables) It will be open 6am-2am. Feature free wi-fi and 14 televisions.”
For current sports fans, I have occasionally spied sports on the Chao Bistro televisions and of course at the Elite. We do have a number of venues (like the Hopvine and the Canterbury) that will occasionally have sports on (but do not define themselves as sports bars). As for shuffleboard on the Hill, sadly – shuffleboard at Clever Dunnes ceased earlier this year when the table broke. In other words, Auto Battery will definitely fill a niche. Let us know if we’re overlooking any shuffleboard venues and/or sports bars on the Hill. Meanwhile, a few blocks away on Pike, the Unicorn prepares for its multi-colored stripey debut in the old home of the Satellite Lounge. Its Web site says the bar opens in seven days but as with previous bar and restaurant openings on the Hill, don’t be surprised if Unicorn misses its target.