E Olive Way’s Tommy Gun will close this weekend after nearly four years of business as owner Erin Nestor says she is putting her full focus on a new project near her E Madison watering hole, The BottleNeck Lounge.
Nestor announced the last day of business at Tommy Gun in an email to CHS Friday afternoon:
Thanks to everyone who supported Tommy Gun over the last 4 years but as we know, all good things must come to an end, and our end is this Saturday, January 17th.
Please join us for our final celebration tomorrow night. We’re hosting an epic happy hour from 5pm to close featuring $4 drafts and wells and $5 Moscow Mules.
We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the bar – we’ve had a blast and will remember our time on Olive Way fondly. Cheers to some of the best bartenders in Seattle for lending their talents to this endeavor! Thank you….
Netstor’s new project will be called Two Doors Down and will replace the shuttered Philadelphia Fevre later this year.
Nestor has been working on a deal with new owners to take over the Tommy Gun space on E Olive Way. A new venture called Kessler’s from James and Tracy Ward appears to have sealed the deal. We haven’t yet heard back from the Wards on any changes they plan for the venue.
Nestor’s deal to sell the bar comes as Tommy Gun was approaching its fourth birthday. It opened in spring of 2011. Nestor told us part of the inspiration for Tommy Gun was the coming Broadway light rail station. “I lived in Chicago during my ‘roaring twenties’ and loved the city’s unabashed embrace of neighborhood bars and taverns – particularly those located steps from the entrance to the El,” Nestor wrote. “One of the primary reasons I’ve chosen this location is its close proximity to the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.”
Capitol Hill Station (CHS coverage) and the rest of the U-Link extension is slated to be open and ready for service by early 2016.
Meanwhile, there are at least a couple more boozy changes coming to E Olive Way. Here’s one to look forward to: Liberty’s Andrew Friedman says his new Good Citizen is finally almost ready to open in the former home of Online Coffee. It’s one of 28 (and counting) new places to look forward to on Capitol Hill in 2015.