As part of a legendary burger family, James Snyder isn’t messing around with his new Sam’s Tavern making its grand opening at the corner of 11th and E Pike on one of the biggest party days of the year. The New Year.
The new Pike/Pine burger joint and bar will be ready to serve starting at 11 AM Monday — and will keep the burgers moving through New Year’s Eve and into 2013 in a new space meant to evoke some of Seattle’s food and drink past as well as Snyder’s Yakima-Americana past of dirt bikes and Washington State-style ruggedness. We’re talking Rainier, not Pabst, here, son.
CHS introduced you to Snyder — Son of Red Robin, we called him — this fall when we broke the news of his new venture replacing the stalled-out LA Taiwanese-Mexican mash-up Chino’s. Snyder’s family launched the franchising of the Red Robin chain in the state back in 1979.
The Sam’s Tavern name is an homage to the original Sam’s Tavern on Eastlake that became Sam’s Red Robin before the Snyder family expansion. To cut his teeth in the burger business, James has operated Sonic restaurants across the state.
The menu at Sam’s Tavern includes a focused set of burger and BBQ specialties as well as a set of $6 “all day happy hour” sides and snacks. The tavern will pick up the Oddfellows cafeteria style of ordering at the counter before staking out your seat. Beer and cocktails — and the rest — are detailed below. “The veggie is not on the menu, however we will carry it. Just ask….” the Facebook page informs.
The opening puts a coveted E Pike space back into motion, further boosts the nightlife capacity of Pike/Pine and caps a busy year in food and drink around the Hill. CHS did what it could to round-up the many openings, closings and trends in our look back at 2012 food+drink. As we understand it, there are more burgers to come in 2013.
Starting Monday, Sam’s will be open 11 AM to 2 AM, every day. You can learn more at facebook.com/SamsTavernSeattle