The bar at Grim's

1. A former basketball court from Lakeside High School

A. The bar at Hitchcock, where Seattle ferry-goers and Bainbridge Island locals belly up for glasses of wine and oysters on the half shell when the dining room is full up.

133 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, 206-201-3789

2. An old bowling alley lane from Sunset Lanes in Portland

B. The community table at the revamped Olive Way Starbucks, aka laptop squatter central.

1600 E Olive Way, Capitol Hill, 206-568-5185

3. Flooring from Garfield High School

C. Seats at the brand-spanking-new Juicebox, a juice bar and cafe on Broadway that’s focused on good-for-you salads, crudo, and vege-table plates—but not in a preachy way.

1517 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-607-7866

4. Wall panels from a decommissioned Italian embassy in
Buenos Aires

D. The bar area at Stoneburner, the latest spot from restaurateurs and repurposers extraordinaire James Weimann and Deming Maclise. Don’t miss the grilled octopus.

5214 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206-695-2051;

5. Metal siding from an old barn in Graham, Washington, and plow parts from the 1920s

E. The bar at RockCreek, a superb modern fish house. The type that resembles a Montana fishing lodge and serves a mean Dungeness crab chile relleno.

4300 Fremont Ave N, Fremont, 206-557-7532

6. Pews from an old local Baptist church (the seller promised they’d seen “a lotta rockin’ and swaying”)

F. The seats at Witness, Broadway’s new Southern church–styled cocktail bar, though they’re often filled with people who come
expressly for the shrimp and grits and chicken and waffle.

410 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, 206-329-0248

7. Pews from the Marcus Whitman Presbyterian Church

G. Seating at Il Corvo, the Pioneer Square lunchtime pastaria where every seat comes with a view of hungry lunchers waiting in line for a bowl of tagliarini with anchovies, garlic, chilies, and bread crumbs, or maccheroni with smoky blue cheese.

217 James St, Pioneer Square, 206-538-0999

8. Pews from a 102-year-old church in North Carolina (the shipping cost more than the purchase price)

H. The booth tables and bar at Central Pizza, though they’re usually obscured beneath 18-inch pies like the Porter, topped with figs, gorgonzola, prosciutto, and mozzarella.

2901 S Jackson St, Central District, 206-602-6333

9. Fir bleachers from the basketball gym at Shorewood High School in Shoreline—minus all the gum, which got chiseled off by hand

I. The banquette seating at La Bête, Capitol Hill’s stylish den of salt-and-pepper pork rinds and grownup globe-trotting plates.

1802 Bellevue Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-329-4047

10. Old mailboxes from a University of Washington dorm and faculty mailboxes from the library at Garfield High School

J. The bar at Grim’s, Laura Olson’s establishment where the room is low-lit and Steampunkish, but the vibe is as comforting as the tuna noodle casserole on the menu. Unless, however, you head upstairs to the third-floor dance club.

1512 11th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-324-7467

The seats at Juicebox

Answer Key: 1H, 2A, 3B, 4D, 5E, 6I, 7G, 8F, 9C, 10J

This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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