You’ll have to wait a few more months for the ambitious Pike/Pine marketplace, mews, and office space development Chophouse Row.
Developer Liz Dunn tells CHS that construction delays and issues with street work in the area have pushed the project back from its planned fall 2014 opening to a debut in early 2015.
Leasing materials for Chophouse Row now advertise a February 2015 move-in target.
Chophouse Row a new Pike/Pine-era office, retail and restaurant development that will utilize the neighborhood’s preservation incentives to build to five stories on 11th Ave. Chophouse will feature an impressive roster of food and drink projects. CHS reported that the anchor restaurant for the development will be a new venture from Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Cafe. Playing a smaller part is Kurt Farm Shop, a cheese and dairy counter from farm to table champion Kurt Timmermeister. A Bar Ferd’nand sibling and a bakery and cafe concept from the people behind Le Gourmand and Slate Coffee will round out the food and drink offerings. Developer Dunn is is bringing together the concepts in a Capitol Hill complex that ties together like-minded small businesses, restaurants and shops. Niche Outside is the first retail element announced for the project. Expect a couple more to be squeezed in. The Slate Coffee and bakery project Amandine has announced a plan spring opening.
The mews of Chophouse Row will also connect with Dunn’s Piston Ring development along 12th Ave (soon to feature a new doggy day care and dog-friendly bar), E Pike home of Cupcake Royale and her recently acquired Baker Linen building.
The old auto row-era structure integrated into the Chophouse development was once home to Chophouse music studios. The project was designed by Sundberg, Kennedy and Ly-Au Young and Graham Baba.
Meanwhile, we’re hearing another Hill complex is close to completion and preparing to open soon. Expect to make your first visit the Starbucks Melrose roastery project some time in early December.
And the Central Agency building overhaul is also on track for a December opening — we broke the news on the development in summer 2013 and told you here about the new food and drink complex that will be home to the new Lark, some new Lark siblings and Vancouver BC-based Meat & Bread. Here is an announcement from Lark on the project’s updated timeline:
The final details are coming together in Lark’s new home in the Central Agency Building! Lighting is in and furniture is being delivered daily—it’s looking wonderful. This all means that Lark’s time on 12th Avenue is coming to its end—the last day in the original space will be Wednesday, November 26.
Chef John Sundstrom and the entire Lark crew have been honored to host so many special dinners in the original location—they look forward to reminiscing with guests about great meals shared with friends and loved ones. They also look forward to welcoming in regulars and new friends alike to the gorgeous space when it opens in early December!
The new Lark, with its additional seats and expanded menu, is set to open the first week of December, along with Bitter/Raw. Look forward to new dishes like Lark’s very first burger, made with onion jam and smoked mayonnaise on a housemade duck cracklin’ bun, and truffle-salted sunchoke chips as well as Lark classics like the hamachi crudo with fennel and the foie terrine with spiced quince. Lark will be open daily from 5pm to 11pm.
Up at Bitter/Raw, the menu is chock-full of unique bites like Spanish mackerel tartare and chilled mussels with green curry mayo, as well as raw bar classics: oysters, clams, geoduck, chilled Dungeness crab, caviar, and the like. There’s also the whole charcuterie side of the menu, with imported hams, handmade landjager, lardo “cinnamon toast,” and ‘ndjua with toast and green chickpeas. Bitter/Raw will be open daily from 5pm to 11pm.
Make a reservation for one last dinner (or two!) in the beloved old space, and get excited for the grand openings of the new projects!
Slab Sandwiches + Pie is looking like a mid-December opening.
The small Chophouse delay isn’t likely to dent Dunn’s reputation for great projects. The developer was recently highlighted by Bloomberg as one of three female developers reshaping Seattle.