You heard Capitol Hill’s getting a burger joint, right? Make it a double. Neighborhood mover and shaker Marcus Lalario is leading a team of partners behind a project currently under construction on Pine to create a new burger joint with Capitol Hill roots. Li’l Woody’s should be open before summer, Lalario tells us. He also tells us Woody’s will feature the best local and sustainable beef in the region, hand-cut fries and Molly Moon’s shakes.
“We’re going to have the works,” Lalario said.
Last week, CHS reported that Fremont-based Blue Moon Burgers is expanding to the Hill this summer on Broadway. Capitol Hill is about to go from Dick’s standing alone as the area’s sole dedicated burger provider to Dick’s plus two very dedicated shops.
Lalario, whose other ventures include HG Lodge and Capt. Black’s says Li’l Woody’s will definitely be part of his nightlife mix serving beer and wine and staying open to 2:30 or 3 on the weekends. Regular hours are planned to be 11 to 11.
In addition to Capt. Black’s and HG Lodge — which is not going to be sold, we’ve learned — Lalario has been a partner in ventures on the Hill including Woody’s shake provider Molly Moon’s. We don’t have additional information about who his backers will be in the Li’l Woody’s venture but he did say that one of his partners has experience dealing with a “high volume” environment in Portland.
Lalario said he expects the buildout — $50,000 according to city records — to be complete in six to eight weeks. A visit the other day revealed a group busily cleaning up the place and setting about work in the space sandwiched between Machiavelli and the Baltic Room and just around the corner from the Melrose Market that used to house Juliano’s Pizza.
As for the name of the new place — well, there’s no Woody. Lalario said he wanted ‘lil’ in the name (“for the old timey thing”) and his friend’s daughter is a big Toy Story fan. Buzz Burger, we’re guessing, would have probably given off the wrong vibe.