The owners behind The Lodge Sports Grille have announced two pieces of good news about their project to bring Charlie’s back to life on Broadway. One, it will, indeed, be called Charlie’s. And Two, it’s set to open later this month according to the announcement posted to charliesonbroadway.com:
We walked into the historic brick building after the last drinks had been poured and the customers had gone home. It was a place we had visited regularly in its prime, just as many of our fellow Seattleites had. A place that was well worn in with dark corner booths, friendly service and hearty breakfasts that lasted all day and night. The crevices were piled high with eclectic memorabilia and knick-knacks, accumulated through out the thirty years of business. As we stood there, impressed by the unique charm and the must of the old carpet, we knew what had to be done.
In a city that is evolving at an unbelievable pace, we had to save the character. So, in honor of Seattle’s quirky spirit, Charlie’s will stay Charlie’s.
Although changes have been made, the finished product is undoubtedly a version of the original. When you step back into this Broadway icon you will find that the old carpet has been pulled out, the architectural details restored, the look refreshed and the menu revised. However, fret not, somethings haven’t changed. You will still find an inviting kitschy atmosphere, friendly neighborhood quality service, pool tables, pull tabs, all of the pieces of memorabilia and their stories that come along with it.
As the new owners and operators of the business, we aim to stay loyal to the bar’s established identity while keeping the business relevant in this city’s competitive restaurant scene.
Charlie’s on Broadway is slated to re-open its doors on Black Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 4pm. It will be a celebration, not only to pay respect to the last thirty years, but to kick off the next. We will see you there!
CHS reported in August on the project set to take over the old Charlie’s space after the original shuttered this summer after four decades of business. Lodge Sports general manager Ben Rhodes said his restaurants were happy to be part of what comes next in the Charlie’s space and that the new project would be loyal to the restaurant’s past.
Ken Bauer helped open Charlie’s in 1976, taking it over in 2000 after the restaurant’s namesake owner passed away. As the end of the lease agreement approached five years ago, Bauer started looking to sell but found no buyers. CHS broke the bittersweet news of Bauer’s long-awaited retirement and Charlie’s closing in June.
The small Lodge Sports Grille chain has spread rapidly from its start in Mukilteo:
The Lodge Sports Grille is a family run business and all that that implies. It started in early 2007, as cliche as it sounds, on a napkin over cocktails at a waterfront restaurant in Mukilteo, WA. Shawn Roten was a contractor that dreamt up and built high end homes in the greater Seattle area. When the market crashed in 2008, the business had to evolve. He and his wife, Elizabeth Stewart, decided to use their experience in the construction industry to build a bar, under the impression that in a recession, beer sells better than houses.
The first Lodge Sports Grille opened in 2010.
Though Bauer was unable to sell his business, it’s not clear if we was ultimately successful in selling the name to the new owners. We’ve asked the company for more information about the transaction.
As it reopens later this month, Charlie’s will have been closed for just over 150 days. We stopped by in late June to say goodbye.
Looks like on November 27th, it’s time to say welcome back.