In the few years it's been open, The Noble Fir in Ballard has become a regular hangout for Seattle's beer-drinking community. Now owners Ellen Kelly and Rick Weersing are hoping to replicate the success in another suds-centric neighborhood: Fremont.
On Tuesday Kelly and Weersing signed a lease at 3417 Evanston Ave for new bar the Sixgill. At 2,400 square feet, the space on the corner of 35th and Evanston is larger than its Ballard sibling and promises lots of light—windows flank both the north and south ends. The beer hall, named for the Puget Sound shark, will reside in a brand new building, thus allowing Kelly and Weersing to build from scratch.
The Sixgill is bigger in beer selection, too. While the Noble Fir has 19 rotating regional taps, the Sixgill will clock in with 30 or so, says Kelly. Five or six of them will be dedicated to cider, reports Seattle Beer News. Local craft distillers will anchor the spirits menu.
Part of what makes the Noble Fir so successful is its steady schedule of events; Kelly and Weersing will most certainly replicate that in Fremont. And while the Fir is a hiker's hangout, Sixgill should appeal to seafaring types, with guides for boating, paddling, and other water sports on hand. "It's land here, sea there," says Kelly.
On the food front Kelly says to expect Northwest takes on pub food; one example she offers is a blackened cod club sandwich. And while there is a full kitchen, they aren't installing a deep fryer.
If all goes as planned the Sixgill will open in April. And even if delays ensue, Kelly assures the opening will "definitely happen before Seattle Beer Week" in early May.