Mioposto has emerged from a brief remodel with a new bar. Because family friendly neighborhoods need cocktails just as much as, if not more than, Capitol Hill and Ballard.
The popular Mt. Baker pizza, Italian and breakfast spot has expanded beyond beer and wine, adding cocktails to its repertoire in the form of a “pocket bar” dubbed Cece. Pronounce it “che chi,” as in the Italian word for chickpea…a nod to the venue’s diminutive size.
Owner Jeremy Hardy says his own desire for a good drink helped inspire the project. “I live in the neighborhood, and there’s no place to get cocktails in the Mt. Baker area,” he says. "We’ve been working so hard on the food, but it felt a little too much like a playpen. We wanted to grow it up a little bit to highlight the food better."
With Cece’s arrival, Mioposto also stays open until 11pm. That news might seem quaint to those of you who make a habit of closing down rowdier drinking establishments, but Hardy says the cocktail offerings are designed to meet a major need in the neighborhood. People want a place to stop in for some low-key appetizers and drinks, but “you’re not going to have that if a three-year-old is having a tantrum at the next table.”
Cece is still building its list of cocktails, which Hardy says will focus on the classics. But meanwhile, he suggests sampling the house-made limoncello.
And along with the new bar comes a new happy hour. It’s known as “the 4-5-6,” meaning that house wine and draft beers are $4, premium well drinks run you $5 and six-inch pepperoni or marcherita pizzas are $6. Happy hour happens every day from 4 to 5pm and again from 9 to 11.