How to kick off our 2014 coverage of Capitol Hill food and drink? CHS will break some news about that nightlife hotspot to our northeast, Montlake! Well, not exactly break — the neighborhood email list is already all a twitter about the news.
“We’re just really excited to meet the neighborhood and try to give Montlake something new,” said Devlin McGill.
McGill, part of the group of partners behind Frelard’s The Leary Traveler and industry favorite The Nabob in LQA, says his new Traveler Montlake will be kin to his Leary Ave establishment — “a new American pub” with “a focus on quality food and beverage.”
“We absolutely love — love — playing with game meat. Meatloaf with ground buffalo, kangaroo sliders, wild boar sloppy joes, roasted goose pot pie,” McGill said.
The new Traveler takes over the longtime home of the Montlake Alehouse which shuttered to start the New Year. Alehouse owner Burke Shethar tells CHS that his 10-year lease on the 24th Ave E neighborhood favorite was up and he was ready to focus on his original Madrona Alehouse. “Madrona was the first and I am most sentimentally attached as I live in Madrona,” he said. “It will stay with me.”
“I had a nice 10-year run at Montlake but a new lease wasn’t going to be offered,” Shethar said. “The locals were great, but I believe they will be in good hands.”
Those hands will be delivering the above-mentioned wild game specialties, plus standard pub fare and a selection of 12 beers on draught — six in rotation.
McGill said he and his partners looked at seven different locations around King County for a new Traveler and selected Montlake based on demographics and McGill’s connections to friends in the neighborhood. “I’m really excited about the opportunities we have,” he said.
Opportunity brings change, however. Sorry, kids. The fabled Montlake Alehouse play pit — McGill called it “kiddie Thunderdome” — is a goner. After hearing McGill’s stories about how the pit was put to use in the 1970s, CHS suggested the carpet be handled by the CDC.
After a thorough scrubbing, Traveler Montlake is being lined up for an early February opening at 2307 24th Ave E. You can learn more on its Facebook page.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- How to finance your dream to be a Vashon Island farmer? Sell your Broadway restaurant on contract.
- What kind of neighborhood market would Skillet’s Josh Henderson and Fuel’s Dani Cone dream up? Here’s the first look at the new Cone & Steiner.
- Homegrown co-founder Ben Friedman sent CHS a note about the new menu — and new lower prices at the local sandwich chain:
It’s taken us over 4 years to get to the point where we have enough buying power in the local/organic farm supply to bring down our prices. Not until we got to 5 locations were we able to give something back to our customers for their incredible support and loyalty during our first few years. It feels great to see our effect on the demand curve and it’s allowing us to reduce prices by as much as 30% on some items. Ultimately, we would just love to see more people having access to this kind of food.
Homegrown says the new prices are about 30% lower across the board thanks to the scale of the business.
- Here’s hoping Dinette’s search for a new home in 2014 keeps the restaurant on the Hill.
- New Bauhaus still “a couple weeks away” as of January 1.
- Plan accordingly:
- Plan accordingly:
- Several Capitol Hill-based regrets in this — “I regret that record low voter turnout and a downpour of out-of-state money doomed I-522 to failure last November.” — “I regret that I didn’t make sure we signed up to grow a Liberty pot strain, now that we can legally grow pot.” — Plus, you’ll also find out which food+drink entrepreneur got his faced peed on.
- Also a few Hill-based predictions for 2014 in this.
- “Happy hour here, with its $6 cocktails amid twinkling votives and 100-year-old church pews, turns late afternoon into a religious experience…“
- No word, yet, on what comes next after 22 Doors.
- Following its 2013 debut adjacent Cal Anderson, the Seattle Street Food Festival is planning a 2014 return (PDF).
- Look what Nuflours found as it readies its new home on 15th Ave E — home to baking for more than 80 years.
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