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Capitol Hill food+drink | Pie Bar ready to serve — Also, Bus Stop, Vostok Dumpling House updates

Get baked at Pie Bar (Image: Pie Bar)

Get baked at Pie Bar (Image: Pie Bar)


Pie, it’s time for you to grow up. Bar, it’s time for you to make room for pie.

“My pies are definitely grandma’s pie,” Lyss Lewis says. “But I’m modernizing pie. Bringing it forward.”

Pie Bar, a bar serving pie, will debut Wednesday night on Capitol Hill. It will serve pie. In a bar.

Pie, it seems, has turned 21.

“It’s a hybrid — it’s a restaurant but it’s a lounge,” Lewis said of the new venture she and her twin sister Natalie Delucchi are launching on E Olive Way in the former home of Saley Crepes.

Late in 2012, CHS introduced you to the idea and the back story of the sisters including their shuttered Seattle Pie Company business.

On Wednesday, Lewis says she is excited to see her first customers experience the transformed space that has turned the old crepe cafe into stone-stacked bar and open kitchen. You’ll be able to watch them bake the scratch pies — apparently there is a hydraulic pie press involved — while you drink beer and wine and then drink beer and wine while you eat pie. Some are savory. Some are sweet.

At the Pie Bar preview party (Image: Pie Bar)

At the Pie Bar preview party (Image: Pie Bar)

Pie Bar Menu

There will be learning curves. What cider pairs best with apple pie?

This new, grown-up pie is 21-and-older only — Pie Bar really is a bar. But kids and people on the move can stop by the window for a slice or a pie to go.

Pie Bar joins Speckled & Drake, which took over the old Living Room space to create a Brooklyn-infused, Pacific Northwest-style hangout and John John’s Gameroom with its beer and pinball on the base of the curve where Olive Way leaves the Hill.

Twin pie bar operators. You don't see that every day (Image: Pie Bar)

Twin pie bar operators. You don’t see that every day (Image: Pie Bar)

Lewis is the first to admit that the concept is an experiment but one that she believes will work — even the planned Lemon Meringue “Pietini” cocktails.

“We were at La Bete the other night — and we were like what the fuck are we creating?” Lewis said excitedly. “I’m just trying to grow it into something new.”

Pie Bar is located at 1361 E Olive Way. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 5p-2a.

Food+drink notes

  • Saley Crepes? It’s open in its new home at 800 Olive Way. And serves baguette sandwiches, also, these days.
  • The Hill said goodbye to The Grill on Broadway/Broadway Grill this weekend.
  • Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 4.48.31 PMPeople also turned out in force for the final bingo night at the Bus Stop. We reported earlier this month that Tuesday night would be the last call at the popular hangout. We asked co-owner Gary Zinter for an update on prospects for new ownership. His answer: “We don’t know yet about buyers. It’s all still in process.” He said that Sunday night — typically packed — was probably the busiest of the bar’s finale nights. Tuesday’s las night will include co-owner Rodney Shrader bartending with ArtStar barbacking and DJ Toast shaking the place down.
  • Pie will have a short reign on Capitol Hill. The Russian Dumpling era begins Friday. Vostok Dumpling House — we broke the news on the coming-soon Russian eatery here — has plans to debut on May 3rd.
  • La Cocina Oaxaquena debuted at Pine and Melrose last week.
  • There will be a lot of food trucks in Volunteer Park on May 4th. And some kind of running thing.
  • Undaunted by anarchists — or perhaps inspired by their Socialist leanings — Cupcake Royale is doling out free scoops of ice cream on May Day.
  • What are chances that eSports *doesn’t* end up on Capitol Hill?
  • The First Hill Bar & Grill is a goner. New project incoming.
  • Capitol Hill has really good bar food.
  • Look! It’s Wen from Chungee’s.399819_619910648037064_1637318942_n
  • It’s New Patio season — Pettirosso says it’s getting in on the sunshine act.
  • @taylor_soper says: “Line at 2 a.m. in Cap Hill for a decent hot dog. Thinking of getting into late-night food cart business.”BI_ZNjcCYAAIwVc
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