“Capitol Hill is just saturated with so many restaurants. People can only eat and drink so much,” said Melissa Nyffeler, who owned Dinette for eight and a half years on East Olive Way. “I’d rather fill a void.” — Does Capitol Hill have enough restaurants? This chef says yes / Puget Sound Business Journal
Melissa Nyffeler isn’t coming back to Capitol Hill. She announced she was closing her much-loved Dinette on E Olive Way back in November 2013. There was an eager replacement not far behind, of course.
We’re not sure we can answer the question posed by the business journal in its (praiseworthy!) click-bait angle on the story. Same goes for the number of bars.
But we do think this is an interesting development. Canon, godfather if not the founding father of Capitol Hill’s craft cocktail movement, has taken a page out of the Disney book and is now offering a sort of speed pass at a price — the reservation ticket:
There’s more to learn in the fine print:
Please give yourself enough time to arrive in case you come across difficult traffic or parking. If your entire party is not present at the time of the reservation, you will forfeit your reservation and credits. We will hold your table for up to ten minutes past your scheduled reservation, but please know that in the event that you are unable to attend, your reservation is self-transferable.
Canon also notes that the 12th Ave cocktail bar leaves “90% of the room available for walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis” and says “it is rare for there to be a wait on any day but Friday and Saturday.”
Eater Seattle reports the system’s software was created by Canon partner Andrew Fawcett “so that other restaurants, according to owner Jamie Boudreau, ‘can get out from under the influence of OpenTable, etc.'”
Are there too many restaurants on Capitol Hill? Are there too many bars? Maybe. But the lines for the best run deep.