New big bar or restaurant opening in former bike shop space?, CHS asked in July. The answer? Yup, a bar:
So the idea was simply to open a bar. Everything has gotten overconceptualized these days… The only thing that we want to do is have fun at what we do. I’ve always been SHOCKED by how many eating/drinking establishments forget what the basic function of their business is: hospitality… It happens all the time and we don’t want that to happen to us. Be kind, be courteous, be attentive, be fun. That’s it. We will, from time to time, have a DJ or do something wacky, or throw a fun party, but the foundation of the concept is to host a good time for all every day—which isn’t a concept at all. I’m so excited to work with my homies and get my friends faded!
The Stranger’s Bethany Jean Clement got the details on the “Big Fun” project — under construction directly below the Stranger offices — from Patric Gabre-Kidan formerly of the Book Bindery and the Ethan Stowell empire.
We’ll talk to Gabre-Kidan as the 11th/Pine project comes along to learn more and see if he’s settled on a name for the bar yet. Mallet is handling the buildout. From the permit end of things, it looks like things are just getting started so you might have a bit of a wait before you’re able to check the new place out. Meanwhile, the Stranger is in the middle of a recent re-up on its lease of the building’s upper levels while, below, telecommunications gear claims the basement. Across the street, the Sunset Electric development should open next year.