It’s a busy week for the Capitol Hill food+drink economy as two (three?) highly anticipated plan to make their debuts. Got a tip? Drop us a line.
- The food and drink component of the new E Olive Way nightlife team at the Social is right up CHS’s alley — the first thing I do when I get inside a nightclub is figure out how to leave. For those looking to sit down and hear themselves think, EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret should offer respite — without getting too far away from the action.
“The atmosphere is definitely different than the nightclub but it draws and pulls off of it,” EVO’s Todd Nordhal tells CHS.
The Social and EVO are set to make their public debuts this week with a planned opening in their new E Olive Way space Thursday night. With the debut of the Social, the first of two ambitious new dance clubs will start to make its impact on the Pike/Pine nightlife economy. EVO is a big component of that — but also plans a life of its own.
The small plates restaurant will feed the entire operation but its portion of the building is dedicated to the food and drink experience. “It’s a place to just come to get away, to meet friends and have a great meal if you want,” Nordahl said. He compares the set-up to the symbiosis of another Laura Olson-Chris Pardo project — Grim’s and The Woods.
The food is based around the ability to serve appetites large and small and to be sharing-friendly. EVO’s flatbreads, empanadas, croquettes and plates will be priced around $6 to $8 with a few of the specialty items around $12. You can check out the menus here. Nordahl said there will be a 3-5p happy hour and that he won’t be doing regular brunch service but that specialty events for days like Mother’s Day and Pride are being planned.
EVO also plants to entertain — but you had better be ready to stay up late. Starting with shows planned for the 10p hour on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, EVO will mix karaoke nights, music, an in-house DJ and probable Saturday night burlesque into a swirl of activity to keep you entertained if you’re taking a break from the dance floor drama or just out for a drink.
“I knew I wanted to have a restaurant with really cool, small bite food,” Nordahl said. “But I also knew I was going to marry that with entertainment.”
“It’s a neat thing to be able to go have a meal and at the same time keep you engaged.”
To make it happen, Nordahl said he is turning to friends he has made in the entertainment industry and bringing together a staff of people with Capitol Hill connections.
In many ways, EVO will be the manifestation of ideas and concepts Nordahl wanted to make real at The Rosebud as he ran into conflicts with his landlord about the future of the space. Today, St. John’s has a happy home in the old ‘Bud space and Nordahl is living his dream — and planning more with the investors behind EVO and the Social to open up similar venues in California and Arizona.
“This is a great opportunity for me to bring the community together that I wanted to bring together,” Nordahl said.
You can learn more about EVO at www.evo-seattle.com.
UPDATE: In other Olson-Pardo news, the couple is no longer part of the Manhattan Drugs ownership, Seattle Met reports.
Pardo said via email, “we don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but experienced creative differences on the vision of the food and feel of the restaurant.” The restaurant’s website is, um, a little vague on the current state of ownership, but original partner and general manager Corey St. John
is still in placedeparted with Pardo and Olson, leaving fourth partner Jin Park running the show.
Manhattan Drugs is a CHS advertiser.
- E Olive Way’s mornings are also about to get a little more interesting. Crumble & Flake is set to debut this week *if* the display cases show up in time, Neil Robertson tells us. We first told you about his planned patisserie late last year. Watch @crumbleandflake for updates.
- Med Mix is open at 23rd and Union.
- And so is The Neighbor Lady.
- 15th Ave is rallying to raise funds for the Volunteer Park Conservatory on May Day.
- Northwest Liquor & Wine is set to open at 12th and Pine on June 1.
- Gyro World RIP.
- Did you miss the Linda Derschang coming to 19th Ave news?
- My posse may be on Broadway but, alas, there is no longer a Taco Bell.
- There’s going to be a lot of 12th Ave at the Seattle Center soon.
- The Stranger rips the new Zoe, stays friends.
- Irbille Edibles pop-up tonight at Olivar.
- Barboza still ain’t ready. But this is what it’s about.
- Cocktails on tap at Montana.
- St. John’s adds brunch.
- Vios adds brunch.
- 22 adds lunch.
- “I love the additional pressure and attention you get as an exec chef but coming to Poppy as a chef de cuisine has given me more time to concentrate on food rather than the mountains of other shit that comes with being the culinary figurehead of a restaurant.”
- Let me get this straight. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo? And the Kentucky Derby? And taco truck day in Volunteer Park? And opening day of boating season? Sunday is?
- Join us for the Neuve de Mayo CHS happy hour at Bimbos.
- This week’s food porn courtesy CHS Flickr pool contributor Zeebleoop who shared this shot of his Dinette spaghetti carbonara:
This week’s CHS food+drink advertiser directory