Don’t mistake the transition of Zoe the restaurant to Zoe the event space as saying a whole lot about the state of the restaurant business around Seattle and Capitol Hill… or the Central District for that matter.
“I have other projects in mind that aren’t just casual style family places like burgers,” Scott Staples tells CHS.
But, first things first, he and Heather Staples are planning to open the first Seattle location for Feed Co. Burgers, a casual, counter-service burger concept from the Quinn’s Pub food and drink family, sometime later this year after a summer buildout.
The project will claim 1,800 square feet of commercial space on the northwest corner of the new Stencil development under construction on E Union at 24th Ave. It will share the building’s ground floor retail with another project with Hill roots — Union Coffee from Zack Reinig, who has helped spouse Molly Moon Neitzel grow her E Pine-headquartered ice cream empire, is also lined up for the Lake Union Partners-developed building.
Staples said he has been eyeing another project farther east on E Union for a long time and had considered buying a property or two along the way before deciding on a deal with Lake Union. The restaurant will be well placed to serve the growing number of tenants moving into the area, the residents from nearby neighborhoods looking for walkable options, and the steady flow of families driving through 23rd and Union from around Central Seattle.
“It’s just really an underserved market,” Staples said.
Like its first location in Redmond, Feed Co. CD will feature burgers, shakes, fries, and beer and be focused on high quality ingredients. “All natural, hormone and antibiotic-free beef” is the promise. The classic Feed Co. burger will run you $5 but the fancy ones range up to around $10 with the super fancy bison burger weighing in at $15. Add $2.75 for “hand cut” fries and you’ve got your your neighborhood burger joint.
“You’ve got Uneeda which is kind of like burger tech,” Staples said describing his small burger-based empire. Feed Co.? “You take that kind of rural roadside and give it an urban twist,” Staples said.
Like Quinn’s, Staples said his restaurants are based around applying classic techniques and training to more common fare. “What if you put a classically trained folks in a pub? What does that look like?”
Feed Co. is planned to open at 2407 E Union by the fall. You can learn more at feedcoburgers.com.
Thanks to S for the tip!
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- Also in the Central District: Broadcast Coffee is building its new headquarters cafe and roastery at 25th and Jackson.
- Now under construction on E Pike: Ikina Sushi
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- Bar Vacilando set to open in mid-May on 15th Ave E.
- Now open on E Union: Sizzle Pie.
- Lost Lake celebrates its first three years Monday, May 9th. Also happy birthdays to Porchlight Coffee and Vostok Dumplings.
- Congratulations to Renee Erickson, James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Northwest for her work at The Whale Wins.
- Rumba Seattle Wednesday night: “a Star Wars themed #TikiWednesday– and May the Fourth be with you”