David Meinert is the owner of the vaunted all-nighter 5 Point Cafe in Belltown, a partner in Big Mario's, and the longtime driving force behind the Capitol Hill Block Party. Jason Lajuenesse is also behind Big Mario's, as well as Neumos and Moe Bar, and took over the Capitol Hill Block Party this year. So when these two men announce a new project, it's a safe bet that stiff drinks and wee hours are involved.
Meinert and Lajuenesse are planning a 24-hour diner and lounge on Capitol Hill, a place Meinert says will be similar in spirit to the 5-Point. There's no name yet for the project, but it's destined for 1507 10th Avenue. Some people might know this address for its proximity to Elliott Bay Book Company. Others might know it as the longtime bathhouse Basic Plumbing. And surely some people know it for both these reasons. Meinert says he and Lajuenesse had been searching for a Capitol Hill space for about two years, and consider themselves fortunate to have landed on what Meinert says is one of the best blocks in the neighborhood.
In his note this morning, Meinert promised zero pretention, great prices, the same menu as the 5 Point, and "the stiffest drinks on the Hill, along with huge portions of home-cooked, traditional diner fare." Oh, and there will be a jukebox and outdoor seating, too. Look for this magical place to open in spring 2013.