As we grow older, through circumstance and, sometimes, planning, it is life’s arc to spend more hours at rest and recreation. Born of these lifespan changes — perhaps for the ownership, definitely for the neighborhood — and named for the single most exciting moment in Seattle professional athletics history, new Capitol Hill sports bar 95 Slide debuted Thursday night in what used to be the HG Lodge and before that the War Room. (And long ago Mr. Paddywacks, somebody will assuredly remind you.)
It was not the most exciting night in Seattle sports history. But, at least, King Felix was on the mound. Pictures of the new joint and a few notes on E Pike’s rated rookie, below.
We first heard about the plan to transition from nightclub to sports bar at Harvard and E Pike in March. Pike/Pine entrepreneur Marcus Lalario told us the sports bar was an idea he had been kicking around for years and was finally ready to pull the trigger. We also reported on thousands of dollars of work being required of the club to meet Seattle Fire Department regulations. Neighbours faced similar expenses and decided to soldier forward.
Regardless of the financial decisions behind 95 Slide, the changing opportunities on the Hill and the ability for Lalario and Brian Rauschenbach to build on his growing restaurant expertise put the new player in what seems to be a solid position. There’s competition, of course. CHS advertiser Auto Battery is right up the Hill on E Union. We’ve also heard talk of a sports bar concept or two checking out some of the restaurant spaces in new construction around the Hill.
95 Slide comes to the game with a solid toolset. 20 televisions. A huge bar. A menu filled with sports-lovin chow. And walls covered with Derek Erdman tributes to classic Seattle sports heroes.
One remnant of the past will remain, the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine reports. The classic War Room deck will be open for lunch.
The new joint will be open from 7p-2a for its debut weekend — with a special 11a opening Sunday for the Euro 2012 final — but will shift to 11a-2a hours starting Monday. You can learn more on Facebook — or from the big marquee they’ve put up facing E Pike.