Capitol Hill hasn’t always been kind to concepts or chains — large and small — involving multiple locations. The recent reboot of World of Beers is one example. The implosion of Varro on 12th Ave represents maybe the most dramatic meltdown example.
But Paul Reder’s concepts are doing pretty well elsewhere in Seattle. And while he already has plans for more, his first Stout opening on 11th Ave inside the Sunset Electric building Friday seems too big to fail.
From the four screens combined to create the largest television display on the 5,000+ square-foot pub’s eastern wall, to the bottled beer list, Stout is a new spin on Reder’s successful downtown Tap House Grill pared down for a more utilitarian neighborhood like Capitol Hill. The new corner of 11th and Pine has none of the grit from the old poster wall days — and that’s probably a good thing. That building is gone. A new version rises. It feels like 12th Ave has moved into Pike/Pine.
“We’re conscious of that,” Reder told CHS about Stout’s entry into an “indie” spirited neighborhood when we broke the news on the new project last May. “You don’t want to look like some corporate 800 pound gorilla.”
His company’s announcement of Stout’s opening calls the new venue “approachable”…. “yet stylish” —
STOUT is a distinctive Capitol Hill bar and restaurant that offers locals and visitors alike a tasty beer-centric experience. The restaurant features many interesting and hard-to-find beers from around the world, craft cocktails, and upscale pub food. STOUT fills a much-needed role in an already popular nightlife district, offering an approachable, yet stylish atmosphere that transforms itself from afternoon to evening.
The $1 million buildout was designed by Chin-Ley/Reche Associates who also also collaborated on Tap House. With “dramatic floor to ceiling windows,” a Tina Randolph mural above the bar, room for 180, and 15 flat screen, Stout ain’t messing around.
Last year, Reder told CHS the key to Stout wouldn’t be a massive selection of beer or a similar gimmick. Instead, he said his focus will be on curating some great beers, experimenting with new flavors, and “staying fluid.”
In the press release announcing Stout’s Friday opening, Reder says, “Capitol Hill is one of my favorite places in Seattle and the people who live, work, and frequent this area share my passion for craft beer, cocktails, and food. I’m hoping that STOUT can add even more flavor to the neighborhood.” We don’t know if he said STOUT in all-caps but we hope he did.
Stout opens Friday at 1530 11th Ave and is open daily from 11 AM to 1 AM. You can learn more at stoutpubs.com.