There might be a thousand or more new neighbors likely to join the surrounding blocks over the next five or so years, but there are already plenty of people around the Central District hungry for a burger.
Feed Co., a burger joint from the Quinn’s Pub family of food and drink ventures, opened this weekend inside new construction at 24th and Union.
The expansion from Scott and Heather Staples now puts a Feed Co. burger shop in the CD and Redmond, joining their other ground beef-grounded spot Uneeda Burger in Fremont.
CHS talked with the couple behind the Staples Restaurant Group this spring about their plans for the Central District. “You’ve got Uneeda which is kind of like burger tech,” Staples told CHS last May. “You take that kind of rural roadside and give it an urban twist,” he said of the feel at Feed Co. You’ll also find a heated patio and, before it becomes the next six-story development on the block, parking in the lot across the street.
Like its first location in Redmond, Feed Co. CD features burgers, shakes, fries, and beer with a focus on high quality ingredients. “All natural, hormone and antibiotic-free beef” is the promise. The classic Feed Co. burger will run you $5 but the fancy ones range up to around $10 with the super fancy bison burger weighing in at $15. Add $2.75 for “hand cut” fries or try some deep fried veggies. Lamb, bison, and pork specials will also be on offer as will “a braised short rib sandwich or a house-made corned beef or pastrami option” from time to time.
The Staples group’s opening comes following a transition for a major part of the company’s business after its summer decision to transition 14th and Union’s Zoe from a fine dining restaurant to an events space in coordination with their other Capitol Hill venue, Sole Repair. We’ve recently seen hamburgers as the foundation of a new neighborhood spot in the Central District — Two Doors Down opened at 2332 E Madison in summer of 2015.
Feed Co’s opening just down the hill from 23rd and Union this weekend also joins a burst of investment in the neighborhood. Another resident in E Union’s newly completed The Stencil building is cafe Union Coffee from the Molly Moon’s family of food and drink entrepreneurs. Across 23rd, Squirrel Chops has added another cafe to the neighborhood. A restaurant and retail project is gearing up to open next to it. And more development is coming. Demolition and construction will come soon to the northwest corner of 23rd and Union where the gas station will be replaced by a contract rezone-boosted six-story, “market-rate apartment building” from developer Lake Union Partners.
On the southeast corner, progress in a family lawsuit appears to have cleared the way for Lennar Multifamily Communities to create a 405-unit, mixed-use project with nearly 500 parking spots. And across the street from The Stencil, plans are moving forward to create the Liberty Bank Building as a progressive affordable housing project that “that embodies the vision and values of Africatown and inclusive development” and will “develop and support Black-owned businesses.”
It’s a busy time around 23rd and Union. Grab a burger. You’ll need your energy.
Feed Co. is located at 1190 24th Ave, 11 AM to 9 PM daily. You can learn more at feedcoburgers.com.