Robb and Sarah Sheldon were on their honeymoon when they got a call from two old friends. Sarah met Jaime Mullins-Brooks when the two worked at Restaurant Zoe; now Jaime and husband Brian Brooks run Fremont restaurant Hunger. And they had intel they promised was worth interrupting the couple’s newly wedded bliss: The former Rogue and Peasant space next to Hunger was suddenly available. The Sheldons had been looking for a place to open a bar, and here was an available space adjacent to their friends’ restaurant.
From the beaches of Hawaii, the Sheldons green-lighted the plan. Now the couple is preparing to open The Augustus at 3601 Fremont Ave N, partnering with Brooks and Mullins-Brooks. Not that running their restaurant, which moved down the hill to its current, much larger space back in May, doesn't keep them plenty busy.
“The idea is that this would be the place where we would want to hang out when we got off work,” says Brian Brooks. Robb Sheldon will be handling the craft cocktail program; he was most recently at Whisky Bar (he handled its rebranding last year) and before that at Liberty. He’s a fan of the classic book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, written by David A. Embury. It turns out, says Brooks, that middle initial stands for Augustus. So the moniker is “Robb’s tipping of the cap to him for his cocktail style and cocktail methodology.”
The bar will also pour a few carefully selected beers and wines. Hunger will handle the food program, taking advantage of chef de cuisine Joshua Slaughter’s penchant for charcuterie and nose-to-tail cooking. Brooks says they're planning "upscale pub food" like sandwiches and housemade sausages. Nonedible plans include board games, trivia nights, and turning the space that was once Dad Watson's back patio into an "outdoor secret garden" in warmer months.
The owners hope to open the doors at the Augustus in late November or early December.