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5200 Ballard Ave, future home of Macleod’s Scottish Pub.

A rep for James Weimann and Deming Maclise—owners of Bastille in Ballard and Poquitos on Capitol Hill—confirmed for the first time today that the restaurateur team have taken over the lease at purchased the 5200 Ballard Ave property that housed the short-lived Harlow’s Saloon. (The saloon belonged to Kevin and Tracy Erickson, who own nearby Mosh Moshi. The couple also recently unloaded their wine bar, Bricco, on Queen Anne. Chef Sam Crannell, formerly of Five Corner, is converting that space into a restaurant called LloydMartin. Everybody still with me here?)

The new bar will be called Macleod’s Scottish Pub. When a liquor license application first emerged with the name Macleod attached to the project, there was speculation of an association with the people behind the shuttered Belltown gallery known as the Macleod Residence. But in fact, the new bar is named for Allen Macleod, a friend of Weimann and Maclise’s who painted both of their restaurants. The rep says Allen is from Edinburgh, Scotland where he was a bartender. He’ll be the owner and operator; Weimann and Maclise will take charge of the concept and design but consider themselves silent partners. The two men will travel with Macleod to Scotland next month to research bars and pubs there, but current plans include a painting featuring a map of Scotland on the roof of the 1000 square-foot space.

The cocktail menu is being created by Bastille’s bar manager Charles Veitch and will emphasize aged spirits and classic drinks. A large collection of single-malt scotches is promised, and Macleod’s will offer four tap beers and several wines by the glass.

Bastille chef Jason Stoneburner is creating a menu of savory meat and veg pies. Scottish smoked salmon and a charcuterie plate will also be among the edible offerings.

The target opening date is December 1. Stay tuned for more details.