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Capitol Hill’s historical speakeasy precedent: Doc Hamilton’s The Pit

On Monday, we told you about Tommy Gun’s, a new bar planned for East Olive Way that, like a growing list of area watering holes, will be evocative of the prohibition era speakeasy. In this recent production from the MOHAI Minute , we learn that the historical nature of the speakeasy theme doesn’t need to be imported. Capitol Hill was the center of the speakeasy culture in the city. Meet Doc Hamilton, a black restaurant owner and entrepreneur who operated a joint locals called The Pit on 12th at Marion — and who helped keep Seattle wet in a nation that supposedly had gone dry:

With Hamilton and Roy Olmstead’s bootlegger legacy represented in the Tommy Guns, Knee Highs and Tavern Laws, the Hill’s post-prohibition period is ready to begin with Sun Liquor and Oola’s distilleries coming online. But don’t look for the speakeasy feel to go away. The present is a stew of history with all things that came before mixing. Somebody needs to kick off the pre-prohibition trend and serve up nothing but moonshine and metheglin.

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