When CHS advertiser Tidbit Bistro announced that they were relocating from their North Capitol Hill location to a more centrally located one on on Capitol Hill, speculation began as to who would take over the space. A live music venture calling itself The Alcove was initially slated to replace Tidbit at 2359 10th Avenue East. However, due to the loss of a major financial backer, The Alcove was unable to launch. We can now confirm that Easy Joe’s Restaurant will soon occupy the space: they are hoping to open in mid or late September.
Where Tidbit Bistro billed itself as where Madrid Meets Napoli on Capitol Hill, Easy Joe’s Restaurant will offer diners classic American fare such as burgers and fries and beef stroganoff. Derek Schaubroeck and Bart Smith have collaborated on the concept and explain it as follows:
While not a theme restaurant in the strict sense, Easy Joe’s does give a nostalgic nod to another time. Derek and Bart are both products of late 60’s, early 70’s middle-American suburbia and wanted to celebrate the unique popular culture of that era. Touches like fun patterned wall paper, colorful vinyl tablecloths, and even a poster of Joe Namath in the bar are some of the touches that evoke those simpler times. But this light and casual feel does not come without attention to detail. For instance, the wallpaper is from Germany, the tablecloths are custom made in England and the retro pendant lamps will be special ordered.
Schaubroeck and Smith operated an Easy Joe’s in North Bend between 2008 and 2010, before deciding to relocate it to Seattle. In addition, Schaubroeck and his wife own and manage Nicolino’s, an italian trattoria in Issaquah.