Hill food and drink notes: New bar Tommy Gun a go for E. Olive Way, Eltana Bagels this week?

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  • With the move of CC’s and the early plans for Bleu Bistro Grotto, we noted that East Olive Way was about to fill the “last mile” to Broadway with nightlife. CHS has learned of a plan to pound that last mile of food and drink goodness into place as Tommy Gun, a new lounge from one of the good people behind East Madison’s The BottleNeck, comes together in the space currently home to Shinka Tea. Here’s what the BottleNeck’s Erin Nestor tells us about her new project as she plans a spring 2011 debut:

The design of Tommy Gun will be evocative of the speakeasy era for sure – think intimate corners, low lighting, lots of wood – and although our cocktails will rock — our focus will be on creating the camaraderie so prevalent in bars during that era, rather than replicating the specific drinks.   I lived in Chicago during my “roaring twenties” and loved the city’s unabashed embrace of neighborhood bars and taverns – particularly those located steps from the entrance to the El.  One of the primary reasons I’ve chosen this location is its close proximity to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.  And of course,  I like this part of Capitol Hill;  the guys from CC Attle’s will obviously be right next door, I’ve always been a fan of The Stumbling Monk, The Elite is down the street and I’m delighted to be anywhere near Taco Gringos.   Tommy Gun will also feature at least six beers on draft, with a strong focus on local breweries.  We hope to open in March and will keep you posted.  You can follow the process on Twitter under the name TommyGunSeattle.

For the curious:  The BottleNeck will remain exactly where it is!

We reported that Shinka had been for sale back in September. They have not responded to our attempts to contact.

Extra points to Nestor and her business partners for thinking ahead to 2016’s light rail debut. The future is filled with public transit and good beer, apparently.

  • The latest creation powered by Po Dog’s Laura Olson debuted this weekend as Grim’s opened its doors on 11th Ave for the first time. The new place is open 11 AM to 2 AM daily so, yay, that means a new lunch place on the Hill, too. We’ve attached a menu to this post. They’re also having a big grand opening celebration on Thursday with specials starting at 7 PM.
  • Told you last week that Thai Curry Simple is now open at 12th and Union. Stranger says they relented and will, indeed, serve meat dishes, too.
  • Another update on last week’s notes, Joe Bar reads Yelp, responds.
  • Little bird says new Montreal bagel shop Eltana is planning a “soft” opening later this week — likely the 10th — with an official opening the next week. Don’t know if Packard building neighbor Varro is on the same schedule but you can keep track on http://www.facebook.com/varrolife
  • A look at the hype wave for street food that Skillet is (successfully) surfing all the way into full-blow brick and mortar diner.
  • Speaking of Skillet Diner, we noted some construction activity for it and the coming-soon craft distillery and tasting room across the street
  • Tully’s might run out of cash for its operations by the end of June. They operate in some relatively prime Cap Hill real estate at Pike and Broadway and 19th and Aloha. Start your fantasy team speculation about what should move in should they move out… now.
  • Yogurtland had told us they were planning a 2010 debut in the Broadway Building but those plans have been pushed back. Yogurtland rep now tells us to look for the frozen treat-by-the-ounce purveyor in the “first quarter of 2011.”
  • Boylston Ave’s Vino Verite has a holiday gift for Capitol Hill. Their annual champagne and port tasting on December 18th promises “your chance to taste very special and rare wines.” $14 tickets here.
  • Cupcake Royale turns 7 on Saturday and is celebrating with a fun party at the shop where it first started in Madrona. CR is a CHS advertiser.
  • We like reading Olivar’s newsletter just to imagine chef Philippe Thomelin saying things like, “Wild boar is my choice of meat this year as well as chestnut for my dessert.” Olivar is taking Christmas and New Year’s dinner reservations now.
  • More holiday goodness. Looking for a gift for the Capitol Hillers you love? Consider a gift certificate or spectacular piece of branded merchandise from one of our many bars and restaurants. Roanoke Tavern says they have both. Stuff a stocking.
  • There’s a Broadway Grill deal on the #chxmas post where you can get $75 gift cards for $50.
  • All sorts of food and drink deals are part of this weekend’s Pike n’ Pine neighborhood sale and holiday celebration. CHS is a co-sponsor!
  • Remember that asshole who busted into the Dunshee House? A “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!” benefit to help the organization is being held Tuesday, December 14th at the Capitol Club.
  • Because we care, another Rock Box karaoke update. The new Nagle Place joint is targeting a December 16th start. May I be the first to grace the facility with a rendition of Beautiful.
  • Elysian says it’s Winter Beer Week. Don’t argue.
  • Northwest Film Forum and Cafe Presse are experimenting with a collaboration called Pique-nique:

Pique-nique menu options include Le Pique-nique Complet (Parisian ham and Comté cheese baguette sandwich served with Alsatian-style potato salad and mixed cookies), as well as a la carte baguette sandwiches with Paris ham, Gruyere or Basque sheep’s milk cheese.  

Pique-nique meals will be available for purchase online up to two hours before every show. Patrons can select their preferred menu option, while also buying their admission tickets via Brown Paper Tickets. Patrons will then pick up their pre-ordered food at the Film Forum box office before the beginning of each screening. Prices will range from $7 to $14.50, plus the cost of admission.

Pique-nique will be available December 17-23, during the screening of the new documentary Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno. Meals can be purchased for any showtime (7 and 9pm daily, plus Saturday and Sunday at 5pm).

Cafe Presse and Northwest Film Forum hope explore further collaborations in the future.


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12 thoughts on “Hill food and drink notes: New bar Tommy Gun a go for E. Olive Way, Eltana Bagels this week?

  1. How many “speakeasies” (sp?) are on the Hill now? Are any of them affordable? What would happen to them if prohibition was reinstated? What will be the next bar-theme craze?

    the questions running through my mind……

  2. 1. I ate at the new Thai Curry Simple stand the other day. It was excellent. Great value to be had there.

    2. Excited about the Bottleneck’s new place. Hope it’s relatively close to the style of the OG Bottleneck. I like that place a lot. It’s a little out of my normal stumbling range though.

  3. The Rosebud Newsletter arrived today with a few announcements of recent changes. To paraphrase:

    * New owner? Rosebud bids Owner John Busey a bon voyage as he leaves to embark on a new career with a cruise line; he will be teaching the cruisers about technology. New owner(s) name(s) not provided.

    * New manager and new theme nights: New manager Matty Maslin has lined up themed specials every weeknight, including a chili ‘n cornbread special on Mondays and game night on Tuesdays.

    * New weekend brunch menu: all entrees are $12 and come with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa and a home-baked pastry plate.

  4. Not that I had any great love for Shinka, but I’m sad that there isn’t a good tea place (or any tea place, really) on the west side of the Hill. I already make the “trek” over to Remedy 2-3 times a week, but if there was a good teahouse around where Shinka used to be, I’d probably go there every day.

    Are Seattleites really that opposed to tea? Or is it just that no one wants to take that chance?

  5. Every time I hear about another speakeasy-style bar on Capitol Hill, it makes me wonder how many of the owners know how the ’20s ended.

  6. I wonder what the plans are for reducing noise for residents in the condominiums right upstairs. I can’t imagine living there when you have dozens of people hovering outside having a smoke. Added to that would be the music that is likely to be spilling out of the spaces at night. This will be challenging.

  7. i am at the packard bldg. i peeked into eltana’s construction. they’re making great progress but i think that it’s optimistic to say the least that they’d open this week.

    but, i’m sure it will be very soon. and i can’t wait!

  8. Any word or updates on the empty space next to 22 Doors? I love all your infor and up to date news, keep it coming, thank you.

  9. “Are Seattleites really that opposed to tea? Or is it just that no one wants to take that chance? “

    Maybe Seattleites don’t relax enough? Too much coffee and pep :)