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- Winning points for its name alone, The Pine Box will follow inside the old mortuary that was home to The Chapel before it closed earlier this year.
“We just got the keys last week,” the Box’s Ian Roberts tells CHS of the new venture with a spring 2012 opening target.
As one of the main drivers behind Seattle Beer Week, Roberts is a little beer focused. “We’ll have 30 beers on tap and a full back bar with lots of brown liquor.”
CHS reported on The Chapel’s end this summer as the longtime Capitol Hill night spot said it was moving on in a “landlord/tenant” thing.
Roberts said work is beginning to overhaul the old Chapel space. The big center-stage bar is gone. A wall is being knocked out to open up a full kitchen for pizzas and a full beer-appropriate menu of food. The vibe of the “public house” will be shifted from dark and possibly a little spooky to, oh, we don’t know… maybe some place you’d like to rest for a really, really long time.
“It will be a little more comfortable with a little more wood,” Roberts said of The Pine Box.
It’s his first bar or restaurant venture after managing Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont. Roberts said he’s partnering with two friends he met “across the bar” from outside the food and drink business — “They’re in the business now,” Roberts said. Better get comfortable.
You can get check out pineboxbar.com for updates.
- Galerias fire investigated as arson.
- Given the explosion in bars and restaurants on Capitol Hill over the past five years, there are a lot of wasted hours that we’ll never get back. But City Council member Richard Conlin says restaurants will be the first focus for an effort to eliminate bureaucratic bloat in the Seattle licensing process:
This test will be in the restaurant industry, one of the case study examples from other cities. New York City claims that they have cut the permitting time by 75 to 80% for new restaurants as a result of their new one-stop approach. [Finance and Administrative Services] will test this in 2012.
- 8oz Burger — in the old TidBit space at Broadway/Union — will not benefit from the test. Eater says its opening is delayed.
- Congrats to Montana on its successful weekend opening in the old Buck location.
- E Olive Way also gets a patisserie.
- Caffe Vita and Via Tribunali are ready to make their NYC debuts. “There’s a healthy mix of wood and windows for a somewhat rustic sensibility.”
- Can Broadway’s Altura get any better press? No. No it can’t.
- Restaurant Zoe looking for “founding diners” in its move to Capitol Hill.
- Melrose Market’s Terra Plata now offers brunch.
- Volunteer Park Cafe’s mercantile goodies are stocking-appropriate.
- Skillet is again offering holiday pies for order.
- What is Marination Station up against in its bid to take over West Seattle’s Seacrest Boathouse concessions contract? This dog, for one.
- Thai Curry Simple tells the Stranger it’s opening a sit-down place in South Lake Union.
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Seattle Weekly gets off the beaten foodie path and orders in from 10th Ave E’s Padrino’s Pizza: “Just like the fake media giant, the menu at Padrino’s casts a wide net, offering not just pizza and pasta, but also hot sandwiches, wraps, chicken tenders and even Ben and Jerry’s ice cream — all for delivery until 3 AM. “
- Free samples and deals at Melrose Market on Sunday, 12/18.
- Honest Biscuits on Broadway for one more weekend.
- Our neighbors in the Central District have some turnover in Madrona with June on the way out and Restaurant Bea on the way in.
- Capitol Hill well represented in this kind of weak-sauce list of Seattle coffee late night spots. Is that it?
- Chino’s mural is done. Manhattan Drugs’ is just begun.
- The Manhattan Drugs people are busy with yet another new project. Queen of Norway opens in Ballard in January.
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