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- Covering the food and drink economy on Capitol Hill these days can end up producing an endless cycle of news about all the sexy young new things in the neighborhood. Exhausting, right? Let’s take a moment this sunny Monday to look forward to a project at one of the Hill’s food+drink elder statesmen.
“We strive to be a community pub,” said Sam Munguia as he pointed to the beer chalk board with prices that seemingly haven’t been changed since 2005. “That’s how we’ve gotten our success.”
That success, Munguia says, has been modest but the Summit Public House is good-enough small business. This spring, Munguia and his business partner Josh Janicek will embark on their biggest investment yet at the 14-year-old tavern the duo acquired seven years ago this St. Patrick’s Day.
The plan, Munguia told CHS on a recent visit, is a $35,000 overhaul of the Summit’s patio area that will enclose the space along Summit and wrap the corner to create a raised deck on the south side of the tavern along Mercer.
Munguia says he hopes to see the work complete in time for the big crowds he expects for this summer’s Euro Cup.
“We’re hanging a TV out there for sure,” Munguia said.
Utility issues in the area complicated the process and increased the costs. And due to the removal of a street corner tree, the project also includes some re-greening efforts around the parcel.
(Image: Off the Rez)
The plans might pale in comparison to the multi-$100,000 buildouts that have gone into some recent Hill projects but it’s a big change for a neighborhood institution like the Summit. If there’s any extra cash, the inside of the Summit might see an upgrade or two. But only if the prices on the beer board don’t have to go up.
- The tussle over Neighbours, capacity and fire codes is moving forward with progress by the club, a rep for the City Attorney’s office tells CHS. The deadline for the club to complete upgrades has been extended two weeks following the club “showing progress,” CHS was told.
- We also wrote last week about the new wave of Capitol Hill dance clubs at Q and the Social.
- It’s been open for weeks on Broadway but Tuesday will be the fish and chips shop’s grand opening. Stop by Five Fish Bistro and say congrats.
- Did anybody try the new Off the Rez food truck at its E Pike debut this weekend?
- Skelly and the Bean has a target date: 2/23.
- Another rave for Terra Plata. This time, the Seattle Times:
Murphy sometimes acts as midwife in the earth-to-plate journey. She packs fresh fennel and a pinch of saffron in a bath for fat Mediterranean mussels. She swaddles cauliflowers-of-many-colors in brown butter, and then aggressively nips the richness with lemon and capers. She sweetens a roasted marrow bone with fig butter, jazzes plain-Jane sunchokes with flamboyant Serrano ham, and dresses up beets with citrus, pistachio and ricotta salata.
- Odd Fellows… Philadelphia
- We found 15th Ave E Chutney’s closed up and a notice from the City of Seattle for unpaid water bills but things are good at the longtime Indian restaurant. Management says they’re closed on Tuesday nights and had no comment on the unpaid bills notice.
- “The proprietors of Rain Shadow Meats on Capitol Hill do not use ammonia to treat their product and said the pink slime is shameful.”
- Want to be the kitchen lead at the Pine Box?
- Blue Moon Burgers is holding a design your own burger contest – but you have to jump through some of those Facebook mumbo jumbo hoops to be part of it.
- Winter farmers markets are “on the rise” – but not on Capitol Hill. Yet. Also, a bill to allow craft distilleries to sell their products at farmers markets cleared committee in Olympia.
- Capitol Hill-based restaurant architecture all-stars Graham Baba overhauled the Seattle Center House.
- CHS advertiser Ba Bar is adding karaoke.
- Four Capitol Hill entries on this list of romantic Valentine’s dinner destinations. And remember…
- “The Top Seven Reasons To Find A Spot At The Teapot“
- “I’m still trying to get some clarity on who the Bako diner is. We’re still getting a wide variety of people. That may be reflected in our menu, where there are some things that are very recognizable and some things that are not very recognizable. Since we’ve gotten through the flurry of the opening months, we’ve focused on the food and the guest experience. I think the food is better now, and hope that diners feel the same way.”
- Want to open a Pike/Pine “espresso bar”?
- “I could tell by looking through the windows that The Saint was making much better use of the space than Wing Dome did years earlier”
- Seattle Architecture Foundation is hosting an interesting conversation Tuesday night at Town Hall. Restaurant Design: How Design Affects the Dining Experience will include Anchovie & Olive’s Ethan Stowell and Poquitos’ Deming Maclise and James Weimann.
- Want to cook like Stowell at home? Here’s his recipe for Bigoli with Garlic, Chili, and Anchovy
- Looks like the November arson has indefinitely knocked Galerias out of business. Current message on galeriasgourmet.com:
- It’s a long walk but this guy is opening a walk-up pizza joint in the Central District.
- Happy 25th Capitol Hill-iversary to 15th Ave E’s EVS Wines.
- The Capitol Hill Times on Little Uncle: “Despite the chicken being mediocre, I am fond of this funny little restaurant”
- Free 5oz at Yogurtland today
- Taylor Shellfish does TV
- Betsy Hansen Cancer Fund benefit — “Stumptown employee talent show” at The Sunset tonight in Ballard
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