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Capitol Hill food+drink | It’s time to sit and spin at Revolver — Meanwhile, Dinette’s search continues

A wall of records at opening soonish Revolver Bar (Image: Revolver)

A wall of records at opening soonish Revolver Bar (Image: Revolver)

With the “vinyl bar” that replaced it on E Olive Way ready to take its first spin this week, Melissa Nyffeler’s Dinette still does not have a new home.

“I’m going to do something,” Nyeffeler told CHS this week as the deep cuts-focused bar Revolver readies for Thursday’s first official day of business. “It’s just a matter of what and when.”

download (2)CHS broke the news way back in December on Electrokitty Recording’s front man Gary Reynolds making his bar debut with the nightspot set to settle into a groove on an E Olive Way increasingly dedicated to its nighttime bar scene. Revolver’s vinyl soul include walls stacked with more than 2,500 records, “ranging from Jimi Hendrix to local artists such as Head Like A Kite and Dream Salon.” You can search the “entire discography” on the Revolver web site.

“Patrons can request the bartenders to play specific records while lounging and drinking,” a press release on the new place reads. Other times, the space sandwiched between Montana, Kedai Makan and The Hillside Bar will feature the city’s hardworking DJs including Revolver’s own manager Clarita Hinojosa. Revolver’s kitchen will reflect Reynolds’ Gary’s Gumbo side business, featuring “casual yet exceptionally yummy down-home Creole food” including “dishes made popular by Gary’s catering business” like gumbo with chicken and Andouille sausage and “corn crusted Idaho catfish.”

(Image: Revolver)

(Image: Revolver)

Revolver’s small kitchen was one of the factors in Nyffeler’s decision to pack up Dinette after eight years on E Olive Way. But her ongoing search for a new home isn’t necessarily a tale of a lack of options. Nyeffeler is busy. On the 12th, you’ll find her hosting a pop-up dinner at Grub on Queen Anne. She’s also working a regular gig in the kitchen at Saint John’s sibling Solo where she says she’s having fun thinking up weekend specials for the fancy weekend theater and opera crowds. Recently expatriating herself to the Central District after two decades living on the Hill, Nyeffeler said she’s busy also weighing a few projects that might compete with a straight up Dinette reboot. Whatever is next, she is more and more keen on doing something near her new home.

“Part of me wants to move off the Hill,” she said. “Near 20th and Union, there’s only a couple of places in the neighborhood to go and they’re packed all the time.”

Back on Capitol Hill, from pinball bar John John’s Gameroom, Pie Bar and the Speckled and Drake at its base up to Tommy Gun and CC Attle’s, the sloping curve of E Olive Way has a strong nightlife pull these days with old timer The Crescent and Clever Dunne’s holding its center. Add The Saint and the Montana-Hillside-Revolver trio plus the tipsy E Olive Way Starbucks and you’re talking about a lot of places to put down a drink or six.

Revolver Bar is located at 1514 E Olive Way. You can learn more at

Capitol Hill food+drink notes

  • Rachel Yang and and Seif Chirchi have a name — but not an opening date quite yet — for their Korean BBQ, noodles, ice cream *and* beer project on E Pike. All those treasures together? Trove, naturally.
  • It’s nowhere near the neighbor issues she faced with the Volunteer Park Cafe but Ericka Burke ran into a few problems with her new market venture down in Eastlake.
  • Next comes… the new Canterbury.
  • The Poquitos and Von Trapp’s family has a giant new baby. Bellevue Square is now home to Tavern Hall, a new project that includes James Weimann and Deming Maclise as partners. It weighs in at just under 10,000 square feet:

    Tavern Hall sits just off a sky bridge between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. Expect shuffleboard, flat screens showing Mariners and Sounders games, and large private spaces for groups of 50 to 200. The menu is filled with familiar pub fare including hearth-baked pretzels, braised brisket sandwiches, and burgers made with meat ground in house. Plus, 20 beers on draught and cocktails.

  • Bluebird Ice Cream’s new Tacocat flavor sounds yummy: “peanuts, waffle cone and chocolate fudge folded into vanilla ice cream”
  • Molly Moon’s two Hill locations are helping lead a show of support for the city’s move to a $15 minimum wage:

    (Image: Molly Moon's)

    (Image: Molly Moon’s)

  • If you missed it, 15th Ave E will also soon be home to Sur 16.
  • Capitol Hill cafes, takeaway here is you should offer customers a variety of sweetener options, k?
  • Tully’s is back? “For one, he said, he’d love to re-establish an outpost in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Its former location at Broadway and Pike Street is now a Starbucks store.” Don’t tell the guy that 19th and Aloha is on Capitol Hill.
  • Seattle Magazine has “10 things” you should know about Eric Johnson, the chef and owner of coming soon E Pike restaurant Stateside.
  • Bar Sue also has the best happy hour in increasingly unaffordable Capitol Hill…
  • People want to eat pot. They’ll be able to buy it at 23rd and Union.
  • Sitka & Spruce on the hunt for a new Monday night pop-up:Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 4.10.43 PM
  • This guy says says the man behind The Suadero is now cooking at The Saint, by the way.
  • Here comes Seattle Beer Weekthis handy map will help you drill in on Capitol Hill components of the hoppy celebration.
  • Happy 15th birthday, Twilight Exit.


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Insufferable Nitpicker, Over-Quoter
Insufferable Nitpicker, Over-Quoter
6 years ago

Egad, the entire “soul” section should be filed under “cheese.” Also, it’s “psychedelic” with an “e”.


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[…] A couple of employees told CHS they have discussed buying the bar outright or turning it into a co-op. Horner said there’s nothing formal in the works, primarily because there’s no signs of any change at their beloved bar even as new places like the music bar Revolver move in across the street. […]


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