Tanakasan? Little Uncle? Is there something in the water with restaurant openings this week? The Capitol Hill burger shop sent word that doors open Monday, June 17, at the new Ballard location at 2040 NW Market Street. The former Zak’s burgers address will still sell burgers, but Li’l Woody’s will be open 11am until 11pm (10 on Sundays) to cater to the neighborhood's diurnal stroller-pushing and nocturnal bar-frequenting populations. By day, the strip is a major ice cream zone, so the full slate of Molly Moon’s offerings will fit right in.
Here are five reasons to get excited that this fabulous burger shop is now a multi-location enterprise.
It’s bigger than the Capitol Hill location. Li’l Woody’s Ballard has about 50 seats—the same high stools and orange plastic chairs—and all in airy main space, compared with the other location's close-quartered mezzanine.
There’s a special sandwich just for Ballard. The Ballard Salmon Burger is a patty made out of (yes) salmon. Lalario says he wants to include a menu item just for the neighborhood in each of his Li’l Woody’s locations. And he was dropping some major hints about a third address in the works.
But otherwise the menu is the same... Signature and specialty burgers on divinely squishy buns? Yep. Fried chicken sandwich? Absolutely. And plenty of crack fries. Lalario has also added Caffe Vita cold-brewed coffee on tap, along with kombucha from Townshend’s Tea Company.
...Well, except for the Molly Moon’s counter. A single line leads to both ice cream and burgers, but the shop has a full-on Molly Moon’s operation behind the counter—14 flavors, waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes, the works. On Monday Lalario was reminding staff to order tasting spoons. Lots and lots of tasting spoons. Li’l Woody’s staff all receive Molly Moon’s training and Lalario’s plenty familiar with the ice cream, since he’s an investor in the chainlet.
There’s outdoor seating. Only about eight seats, but the little enclosed space on NW Market Street offers prime people-watching possibilities.