Capitol Hill’s leading vegan dive bar and music venue is dropping its one-of-a-kind food menu and shuttering its kitchen. Here’s a note posted Wednesday by The Highline announcing the changes:
While we will continue on as normal with our bar/show space, today marks the beginning of the final week Highline’s kitchen will be serving food. Our aim is to give prime focus to live music and performing arts. Thank you to all our diners over the years! If you’re hungry, you’ve still got until next Tuesday to eat all the sandwiches you can stuff down!
We have questions out to owner Dylan Desmond to find out more about the decision and how it jibes with liquor permits and the bottom line for the business. A person familiar with the Highline’s operation tells CHS it’s a business decision that will allow management to focus on the space as a performance venue.
UPDATE: According to a commercial real estate listing for the address found by a CHS reader, both the Highline and sex shop Castle are slated to leave the building but it’s not clear how much longer either business will remain in the space. UPDATE x2: Owner Desmond tells CHS the Highline currently has a year and a half left on its lease and “another ten afterwards if we choose to keep the location,” he said. Desmond said the real estate listing, below, will be updated to clear up the situation. We also have messages out to Castle management to find out more about the store’s future.
Get in while the rates are still low. Train station is to be complete in 2016. Highline Bar & Castle are both vacating. 10,085 Sq. Ft with balcony along Broadway! Capitol Hill is the densely populated neighborhood in Seattle!
In 2010 when CHS first reported on plans for The Highline, management said the venture was more about nightlife and entertainment:
this time around we will be focusing heavier on the entertainment/nightlife side of things and let the food speak for itself…
The Highline’s older food-focused Georgetown sister Squid & Ink has since shuttered.
The Highline opened it second-floor location above the Broadway Castle Megastore in 2010 replacing the short-lived Club Lagoon. Despite the early nonchalance about the menu, its dedicated vegan offerings drew a devoted following and even made a few non-vegans drool.
In the meantime, more and more mainstream venues have integrated vegan elements in their menus while some Capitol Hill restaurants like Plum and In the Bowl remain dedicated to the cause. CHS also has information about a new vegan-friendly venture being planned not far from Highline’s home. None, however, also include punk rock in their mix.