Capitol Hill food+drink | Derschang’s ‘Northwest nautical’ Bait Shop to dive in this fall

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  • Capt. Black, Sailor Jerry, your table is waiting. Will Capt. Keck be joining you?

    CHS broke the news Friday morning — Linda is coming to Broadway. Today, we have more straight from Linda Derschang about her new project, Bait Shop.

Most importantly, yes, that wood paneling you see will be part of the new space when it opens in November.

“You can imagine between the wood and the name, we’ll be a little bit nautical,” Derschang said.


Bait Shop is envisioned as the final piece in a triumvirate of Derschang bar/restaurants.

“Bait Shop will be closer to the Linda’s Tavern and King’s Hardware part of the family,” Derschang said. The restaurant/bar trio, on the other hand, will be rounded out next year when Talullah’s is slated to debut on 19th Ave E and join the more food-oriented Smith and Oddfellows.

But it’s not that Bait Shop will leave you hungry. Derschang said the bar’s menu will include fish and chips, a “really good” fried chicken sandwich and peel and eat shrimp. It’s a “Northwest nautical” thing, she says — the kind of place you’d wander into after a day downing Bromine, drinking Rainier for breakfast and chasing coho on the SS Hipster.

The, um, sea change from the former glossy Cantonese restaurant Bako will be downright shocking. 

“You know how different Smith looks from Cypress?” Derschang said, hooking into a ghost CHS past. “Imagine something as drastic as that.”

The legendary Capitol Hill food+drink entrepreneur said making a place that is “truly mine” and not “changing somebody else’s vision” has always been her preference. Her lone exception on that front, she said, was her takeover of the Baltic Room space long ago in her club queen days. In the meantime, her businesses have grown to employ some 175 people with more hands on deck expected as part of Bait Shop and Talullah’s.

Coming to Broadway will be something of a return for Derschang to her entrepreneurial roots. She opened a boutique on Broadway in 1987 called Basic which she said she sold in 1993 in order to open Linda’s.

Despite her arrival on north Broadway in a time of “high energy fitness” and cheesecake shops, Derschang is also happy to have the opportunity to connect with the history of the Jade Pagoda — an old school Capitol Hill dive perpetually bathed in illicit, too-low, red light. “It was a good old dive,” she said.

Bait Shop will surface at 606 Broadway E later this year.

Food + drink notes

  • Li’l Woody’s celebrated its 1st anniversary (2011) Monday by handing out free birthday burgers. More August celebrants: Hopvine (1995), Captain Black’s (2009), Tavern Law (2009), La Bete (2010), Z Pizza (2010), Canon (2011), Frank Espresso (2011), Chieftain (2011), Blue Moon Broadway (2011), and Shop Agora (2011). We’re sure there are more. Let us know in comments.
  • Oh, wait. Here’s one more. So that would be… 1983?
  • Not celebrating: 10th Ave E’s Pau Hana posted this (sic)-filled note last week and is now shuttered. We noted its December 2010 grand opening here.

UPDATE: WE’RE DOWN TO THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IN THIS CAPITAL HILL LOCATION…SO….FRIDAY NIGHT (OUR LAST NIGHT HERE) WILL BE OUR “FIRE SALE.” WHATEVER WE’VE GOT LEFT FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE IS GOING TO GO CHEAP!!!! WE PROBABLY WON’T HAVE TOO MUCH LEFT FOR FOOD, BUT WE’VE GOT BOOZE BABY!!!! TOP SHELF $5.00, EVERYTHING ELSE, $4.00, $3.00, AND $2.00. (MIGHT EVEN GET CHEAPER BY THE END OF THE NIGHT! SEE YOU ALL HERE, AND THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND REGULARS FOR YOUR SUPPORT THESE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS! WE’LL BE BACK AGAIN IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS AT OUR NEW LOCATION…STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS. ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHAAAAAAAA!

  • One year in at Ba Bar. Interview with Eric Banh. And, Eric, thanks for advertising :)
  • New owners at The Living Room and The Elite, we’re told.
  • Folks who own garish Amante Pizza on Capitol Hill own garish joint in West Seattle facing community pressure after recent violence.
  • Turns out, Matt Dillon is a leader in the community behind the Melrose Market.
  • You can now find a Cedars near Seattle U on Broadway at Jefferson.
  • New gluten free street food comes to Capitol Hill.
  • If you’d rather not read and would rather listen, here’s a visit to Oddfellows and Poquitos via the radio.
  • The Tin Table has a new pastry chef. And, somehow, this journalist found out about it.
  • “As tired as it is to evoke the “C” word, I have to, as Barrio has such a cougar clientele it could be declared a wildlife refuge—so much so I had to assure the bartender I wanted his contact information for this piece, not a piece.”
  • Get a job: Kitchen Manager/Lead Cook (capitol hill)

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Who we are:
Small, elegant Capitol Hill wine+spirits bar open since 2006. We are known for our excellent service, delicious wine and scratch cocktails, and gorgeous interior. We have a small but functional kitchen, but we know that a creative candidate will find this no impediment to providing outstanding food to our guests. 

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15 thoughts on “Capitol Hill food+drink | Derschang’s ‘Northwest nautical’ Bait Shop to dive in this fall

  1. “Linda won’t provide meals”. What a winey dumb comment. Ya…she’s taking the financial risk to open up another restaurant and a nice benefit for the community is people are employed because of it. It’s creative people like Linda in the world who keep keep people employed and thus the economy growing.

  2. She owes her staff a safe work environment and a steady paycheck.

    She does not owe her staff lunch. It was great that she provided it for however long it lasted.

  3. “Small, elegant Capitol Hill wine+spirits bar open since 2006. We are known for our excellent service, delicious wine and scratch cocktails, and gorgeous interior. We have a small but functional kitchen”

    Very exciting that a seasoned professional restaurateur will be taking over the Bako space. It was a painful 10 months of watching Bako struggle.

  4. What I want to know is how long can Chinos stay in biz? It’s painful to walk by and see it dead time after time when all the surrounding restaurants are packed.

    I hear it’s a family biz so I definitely feel for them but when is enough going to enough?

  5. Chinos is a fantastic location with great food and super friendly staff. My girlfriend and I have been here twice and have been treated perfectly. My only complaint would be the hours of operations, especially on Saturday and Sunday. Open a little early on the weekends and I would be there.

  6. Chino’s is a great little spot – their problem is Seattle is a little too provincial for their Latin-Asian L.A. street food – they used to have a great crispy pig’s ear salad, but it was too “exotic” for the “bridge and tunnel” weekend crowd.

    Likewise, their true to the Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic recipe tiki drinks are too far outside Seattle’s comfort zone – which is still mainly a beer and vodka town, the occasional Canon or Zig Zag notwithstanding.

  7. Clearly. And the useful life of my “tiny fedora” comments ends when there are no more tiny-fedora-wearing clown boys on Broadway.

    That day won’t come soon enough. What a stoopid look.