Capitol Hill is home to one of the more diverse universes of beer halls and pubs you’re liable to find in a neighborhood. By November, its latest beer-centered project will stretch far beyond neighborhood bounds — national chain World of Beer is set to open a location on Capitol Hill.
“World of Beer is a truly uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product,” a statement about the project emailed to CHS reads. And it doesn’t stop there:
At World of Beer, having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting. By combining a friendly environment with an exceptionally knowledgeable staff, World of Beer creates an atmosphere where patrons feel at home, as if they are visiting a neighbor and not just a neighborhood bar.
50 rotating drafts, 8 display coolers for more than 500 bottles, “tavern fare,” and a “full spirits program” will round out World of Beer’s offerings in the 2,600 square-foot space currently under construction in E Pine’s Terravita building, the long-delayed Murray Franklyn development that replaced a now legendary strip of old Pike/Pine nightlife, funk and culture. A 600-foot patio is part of the plans as is a stage for live entertainment — Thursday through Saturday, we’re told.
The World of Beer concept, hatched in Florida just more than six years ago and powered with some industry know-how thanks to Outback Steakhouse veterans, has already spread to 45 locations in 14 states — Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, South Carolina, Michigan, and, yes, Washington.
World of Beer Renton opened down south earlier this year. The Washington Beer Blog said it would be the first of “several” in the state.
CHS reached out to the franchising company opening the Seattle location but was referred to a representative for the company instead. Liquor permit records show that the operating company is owned by two Florida men, Nick Kolman and Matt Lull, a tech big wig at Citrix. The general manager is listed as Meredith Zimmerman, a Seattleite who apparently is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan judging by her social media output.
Kolman and Lull’s company also appears to be the ownership behind the Renton WoB. The company’s franchise pitch is here — if you’re thinking about starting your own:
World of Beer is well positioned to service the continually growing craft beer trend, globally. With an attractive sales-to-investment ratio, a solid leadership team supporting operations, the introduction of our limited “Tavern Fare” menu and our diverse entertainment programs, World of Beer presents a compelling experience for a broad customer base.
The E Pine World of Beer squares away another of our 20 Capitol Hill bars and restaurants to look forward to in 2013.
The corner project will share Summit Ave with the also-under-construction Mezcaleria Oaxaca in the old Autopro building. Across E Pine are the Raygun Lounge and Black Coffee. Meanwhile, Capitol Hill’s beer-centered watering holes run deep — including Pine Box, Stumbling Monk, Summit Pub, Hopvine and Von Trapp’s – while you have to work hard to find a food and drink establishment that doesn’t offer craft beer.
Where will World of Beer fit in? We’re not sure — but you get the feeling that somebody has done the math.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- Speaking of beer, the growler station at the 12th and Pine liquor store is now online. In 2011, the state legislature passed a bill allowing stores to get into the growler biz.
- Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe says, permits willing, it is planning to open the first week of November on 15th Ave E. You can see what the bookstore has planned here.
- ‘Big Fun’ bar project — where the idea is “simply to open a bar” — coming to 11th and Pine.
- Bar Sue opened on 14th Ave Sunday.
- Sun Liquor Distillery minis available on your next Alaska Airlines flight.
- Retail pot coming to Capitol Hill in 2014.
- Molly Moon’s opening on 19th Ave E this fall. Also has plans for U Village.
- In Seattle, the Guy Who Draws Chalkboard Menus and the Guy Who Letters Windows in Gold Leaf. Also, the woman who helps figure out where “Your Favorite Restaurant Is Located” —
I have heard many a local restaurateur and bar owner speak of Miller with a mix of devotion, awe, and maybe a dash of intimidation, in part because she’s insanely fit. She wields great power within Seattle’s close-knit restaurant community because she helps chefs navigate the abstrusely touchy process of securing a restaurant space. But mostly because she also works with building owners in search of desirable restaurant occupants (Miller doesn’t generally do national chains).
Also, the magazine reporter who had a lot of great ideas and did a lot of work for what was (hopefully) a relaxing (and well-earned) Labor Day break!
- The legend of the return of Kimchi Bistro continues:
- And, now, 197 words on Lost Lake:
Owners Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse, two Seattle nightlife titans (Lajeunesse is co-owner of Neumos and the Capitol Hill Block Party; Meinert’s management company oversees bands such as Blue Scholars and Hey Marseilles), did a bang-up job turning the notorious former locale of Basic Plumbing (a seedy men’s club of a sort) into a 24-hour half-bar/half-greasy spoon. The place has old-diner-by-the-lake appeal: Wood paneling alternates with stone; there are deep, comfy booths with extra-large tables (for that side of pancakes) and barstools in tufted burnt sienna pleather; and there’s even a rainbow trout mounted on one wall. It’s your Hamm’s-guzzling uncle’s dream joint. Except: You’ve got about a 50-50 chance of ordering something good—the carnitas skillet ($11), say, spicy as you’d want it to be and with poached eggs done just right—or something really disappointing, like a burnt pork chop ($12.50) with gluey-runny mashed potatoes. You’ll order a great (and cheap!) old fashioned ($6.50) and be grooving on your patty melt ($9.50), but then you’ll taste the spaghetti (dressed in overly acidic tomato sauce) and the meatballs (too much filler; $11) and you’re back to square one. Then again, these problems are magnified at 7 p.m. At 4 a.m., who’s complaining? Open 24 hours every day.
- Fran’s Chocolates moving factory off Hill, making plans for retail store at same location.
- September benefit dinner at Cafe Presse will support Central District’s Green Plate Special program.
- With Witness helping add to the north Broadway nightlife scene, “old timer” Bait Shop has added patio seating to its semi-nautical offerings:
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