As an experienced restaurateur battling with Seattle’s permitting backlog and booked-up contractors, Brandon Pettit says he feels fortunate to be nearly ready to take his newest creation out of the oven just in time to be part of CHS’s pizza spring.
“We’re starting to brick the ovens. Getting the bar finished up. Recipe testing right after Valentine’s Day,” Pettit said, running through his mental checklist for CHS. “Still anything can go wrong,” he said.
If all that works out, come March 1st, nostalgia-drenched Dino’s Tomato Pie will be open for business at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny — serving pizzas “round or square.”
That’s March 1st, 2016, by the way. Pettit and crew had some fun with the Dino’s marketing, rolling out a black star field-background-ed, animated pizza gif-ed, Netscape-friendly website for the restaurant billed with tongue in cheek as “Seattle’s oldest pizzeria.”
“We wanted to have a site that looked like a random Jersey pizza tavern,” Pettit said. There’s no telling if the circa-2000 site’s promises of “Real Cocktails, Garlic Knots, Jersey Salad, Calzone, Brownie or Blondies,” and “Watermelon Popsicles” are real or creative teases. The new joint will be open “4ish to 2ish,” the site promises.
We first reported on the Capitol Hill addition to Pettit’s Ballard-based Delancey family last May as the project was taking over the former Money Mart space to create a neighborhood focused pizza joint and bar. Pettit told CHS he was looking forward to being part of the densely populated neighborhood around E Olive Way and part of a group of businesses focused on serving the nearby blocks. Pettit described Dino’s as a “walkable bar” with a pizza counter and lounge and plans to do “a lot of takeout and delivery.”
Dino’s signature will be its square pies. “Where I was from they usually called it Sicilian. Baked two or three times with a lot of burnt cheese around the corners — good drinking pizza,” Pettit told us last year.
In the meantime, Dino’s is hiring pizza cooks and focusing on the last construction elements. The buildout from Heliotrope Architects and Metis still has some work left to complete and Pettit said Dino’s might debut with a limited offerings — “might have square pizza, might have round” — as logistics around the ovens gets worked out.
You can keep track of opening plans and enjoy some old-school web surfing at dinostomatopie.com.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- In September, CHS told you about the closure of The Byzantion after 30 years on Broadway to make way for new cocktail bar, Spirit Animal. Seattle Mag reports Paul Berryman and Izzy Guymon are preparing their new bar for a spring opening.
- Frankie & Jo’s, the “plant based” ice cream shop from the owners of Juicebox and Hot Cakes CHS featured last week, has now raised $9,500 of the goal for its $50,000 community loan.
- Off Hill: Down Denny, the Kremwerk club’s owner Nicole Stone is undertaking an expensive proposition. The paperwork for the Minor Ave club’s $200,000 “change of use” to permit for use of the space as a dance club and restaurant has been approved by the city.
- Now open down in Leschi: Barrio sibling Meet the Moon:
Meet the Moon gets started early in the morning, offering espresso and coffee from local Olympia Coffee Roasting Company as well as a nice selection of housemade pastries and breakfast items – all available to take away. If you’re looking for a more relaxed morning, dine-in and order the Crispy French Toast, Breakfast Burrito, or one of our many other full breakfast plates…all complemented nicely by a morning cocktail or mimosa. As the day progresses, we add soup, salads, snacks, and sandwiches to the mix as well as additional drink offerings that feature craft distilleries and breweries and wine options. The dinner hour brings a more expanded menu with everything from additional housemade snacks such as the Bucheron Goat Cheese and Lotus Chips with Wasabi Guacamole to entrees such as a Mushroom Pot Pie and Chicken Bolognese.
- Construction is picking up on the project from the Black Bottle folks in the old 22 Doors space on 15th Ave E. Still no announcement about the details of the project.
- Now open: Revolution Wine, the “anti-wine store, wine store” on E Pike.
- Born this week in 2015: Sur 16.
- Happy Year of the Monkey and 6th birthday to Chungee’s.
- Josh Henderson just opened the first of a planned 10 Great State Burger joints. Odds on there not being one on Capitol Hill?
- It’s time for Seattle Burger Month at Li’l Woody’s:
— Li'l Woody's (@lilwoodys) February 3, 2016
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