When you come from a large family of successful siblings, expectations are high. Pike Street Fish Fry, the hole in the wall fish and other stuff you can fry and chips place wedged into Neumos and Moe Bar, quietly closed in November.
Its Neumos ownership took a swing at the relentless churn of ongoing development construction on 10th Ave on the way to shutting down the deep fryer for good:
After 2 years of disruption to our business due to massive development in our street, we decided to stop fighting the losses we were incurring and take this time to temporarily close for a renovation and clean up. We will be using this time to revisit the the concept and space with fresh eyes and ideas with a plan to reopen the space when the construction is done or at least major projects subside.
Pike Street was opened in 2008 by a partnership involving some of the Neumos folks and food and drink “impresario” Michael Hebb and helped usher in a new era of low food brought high in Pike/Pine with local and fresh ingredients and surprisingly artful execution despite a lowbrow setting — the bar at Moe, for example.
Michael Yuasa took over the business in 2009 but we’re not entirely sure how that ended up. The most recent business license lists a corporation including only the Neumos partners. In 2010, Pike Street was lined up to be part of a “little Seattle” strip in New York City but was replaced by a Caffe Vita in the project.
Whatever happens next in the 10th Ave at Pike space, the partners at this point in their careers have plenty of experience opening new food and drink ventures beyond their original Neumos stake. Mike Mekling partnered on the overhaul of 15th Ave E’s The Canterbury, for example, while Jason Lajeunesse’s latest restaurant project is 19th Ave E’s elevated pasta joint Ernest Loves Agnes.
Hebb, in the meantime, remains active in creating new food and drink experiences — including a small roster of “Over Dinner” concepts. Drugs Over Dinner provides “a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction,” its website explains.
Neumos, Moe’s, and the subterranean Barboza appear to have survived the “massive development” issues that doomed the small restaurant. In 2014, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Moe’s Mo’Roc’N Café, “patient zero” in the spread of today’s Pike/Pine’s nightlife culture of music, drinks and good times. The live music and nightlife venue has a lease through 2024.
- Tis the season for worried emails, txt messages, phone calls, and tweets to CHS about your favorite Capitol Hill food and drink venues that you haven’t really visited very much but are very worried about. With weird holiday hours and vacation closures, we get lots of notes in December about possible shutterings. So, when the plywood went up on Julia’s this week, we heard about it. “Why do people care about this stuff?” an exasperated Karsten Betd asked CHS when we called. Betd tells us Julia’s is doing window work after some recent vandalism necessitate the maintenance. The plan is to upgrade the glass to get a little more light inside and give the stage a better treatment for Julia’s drag shows. Julia’s, despite the seeming inevitability of eventual development of the block, still has plenty of time on its current lease, Betd says, and isn’t planning on going anywhere. As for you, you worried tipsters, Betd has a question. “Why the fuck don’t they come to brunch?”
- Brunch options are coming to the Central District. First, Fat’s Chicken and Waffles will begin its brunch service this weekend:
Chef Patrick Dours’ homemade gravy and biscuits are highlighted in several dishes on the menu. Standout items include: Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich, Biscuits & Andouille Gravy, Shrimp & Grits, and Beignets. Hangover cure beverages are also available (which can be served straight or with alcohol), such as Pedialyte, Caffe Vita coffee, and Bloody Marys. All brunch entrees are $8, and sides are $4.The new joint in the old Catfish Corner space at MLK and Cherry will be open for brunch from 9 AM to 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday.
— Thomas P Kiehne (@t_p_kiehne) November 21, 2015
- Meanwhile, Madison just below 23rd is also getting in the game as Two Doors Down is also adding a brunch menu and hours:
We’re expanding our hours at Two Doors Down to include a neighborhood weekend brunch from 9 am to 1 pm, beginning on December 5th. Our entire menu will be available for those who can’t pass up a burger, but we’re adding some traditional – and not so traditional – morning fare. Anyone with a sweet tooth will love our ciderhouse donut holes – made on premise with gluten free ingredients (including regionally-sourced craft cider), dusted with cinnamon sugar, and served warm with ginger-apple butter and our own jam. Folks who want a more substantial breakfast can choose our breakfast sandwich (think fried egg, bacon and our signature hop-garlic mayo), corn griddle pancakes, French toast or the ultimate hangover halter – The Breakfast Poutine, made with southern-style white gravy, crumbled bacon, and loads of cheese curds. Beer and mimosas will be available at open and we’re also serving bottomless mugs of Stumptown coffee, fresh OJ, and hot tea for those who require more than a breakfast IPA in order to jump-start the day. The Seahawks take on the Vikings on Sunday, December 6th at 10 am and we’ll have the game on both TVs. Go Hawks!!
- The Central District also has a new happy hour option. Eric Banh’s whole cow-inspired Seven Beef has unleashed its happy hour:
In true steakhouse fashion, the happy hour menu will feature $7 old-school drinks: pick a Martini, Manhattan, Collins, or Old Fashioned—and they’re all customizable: vodka or gin, rye or bourbon, so on. Pick your poison. And in true Seattle fashion, the happy hour menu also has a bottle of Rainier and a shot of Heaven Hill Bonded Bourbon for $7. As for food, there’s a burger and fries, a platter of seven oysters, moules frites, French onion soup, roasted bone marrow, a house made beef sausage, and a cheese plate—all for $7 each. The burger is served with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and aioli.
- Jason Stratton debuts on Top Chef Wednesday night. There’s a watch party at Two Doors sibling Bottleneck Lounge. Meanwhile, a little PR ripple is following the Hillebrity chef to hype the show. Update: Michael Lee tells us Saint John’s is showing the two night premier also. Starts at 10 PM.
- Happy three years to Stratton’s Mamnoon.
- Happy one year anniversary to much-celebrated Stateside which opened on E Pike in icy November 2014.
- Buried in this piece on pot zoning: Full Tilt’s Capitol Hill construction almost ready to get started.
- You can buy Marjorie’s fried plantains in stores.
- Guess you won’t need to go to U Village any more. Din Tai Fung coming to Pacific Place.
— jseattle (@jseattle) December 1, 2015
- A Redhook brewpub is coming to a giant space in a giant development on Capitol Hill. But they’re still sorting out the plan on food, CHS is told:
Yes, the new brewpub will have a food component, but we are focused first and foremost on beer; ensuring that we’re always pouring a great mix of classic Redhook favorites and new, innovative or experimental beers, many of which will be available exclusively at the pub. We look forward to sharing more details about the beer and the food as the brewpub plans are finalized.
- Optimism Brewing has the food figure out — it’s not doing any. Food trucks or bring your own. Also no cash, only cards. And no tipping. Grand opening is Saturday, December 5th.
- Charlie’s reopening: delayed.
- TNT Espresso: reborn.
- Rancho Bravo drive-thru: activated.
- Ballet: Back open but soon to be Buddha’s Kitchen.
- Peloton, the bike-focused cafe created by bike polo friends on E Jefferson, is almost ready:
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